Issue No 1 — 14 April 2020

The Yorkshire economy after COVID.
What should it look like?

Charlie McCarthy

It is difficult to get a handle on how much the pandemic might cost us. Do we face the worst recession since the Second World War? Lockdown could shrink GDP by over 30 per cent. So what can we do about it? The first thing we must remember is that we’ve been here before…

Coronavirus and Brexit: double austerity on steroids is coming up

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently warned that the economic shock from the present coronavirus pandemic was already bigger than the financial crash of 2008–09. It means we are almost certain to be looking at another ten years of austerity at least, but this time on steroids. Angel Gurría, OECD secretary general, […]

Does a Sheffield think tank have the remedy for the coronavirus crash?

Jimmy Andrex

Universal Basic Income. At last year’s G8 summit, those three words were the big story. They came from UBI proponent Rutger Bregman, whose Taxes! Taxes! Taxes! speech was all over social media. UBI is a simple idea. You address inequality and poverty by giving every adult free money, with no conditions. That’s it. Coronavirus has brought UBI […]

Will the Yorkshire phoenix arise from the post-coronavirus ashes?

Charlie McCarthy

This is the fourth week of the national lockdown. These are unusual times, desperately sad for those who have lost loved ones. However, our circumstances give us many opportunities to think about what kind of future we want to build out of the ashes of the past. As I write on the morning of 1 […]

Easter Bunny visits Wakefield foodbank!

With everything that’s happening in the world today, it would be all too easy to focus on the constant stream of tragic stories, negativity and division. Or, like Nick Cockayne from Sandal, we could look for ways to make this situation better for everyone.


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