Anastasia Chamberlen is Assistant Professor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick and is researching in the fields of prison sociology, feminist criminology and criminal justice.
English and Welsh prisons are undergoing one of their most challenging periods in decades. As I’m writing this piece, news emerges of yet another outbreak of violence in an English prison. This time, it’s the high security HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, a prison described by the Ministry of Justice as ‘well-staffed’, which saw 81 prisoners take over a wing, raising once again concerns about safety and order in English carceral institutions.
Giulia Giupponi is an ESRC-funded PhD student at the London School of Economics and a research assistant at the Centre for Economic Performance.
Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance.
They have been advising the Low Pay Commission on the impact of the National Living Wage on English care homes.
On 1 April, all five UK minimum wage rates were increased (PDF), a year on from introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged 25 and over with a rate of £7.20 an hour. Rates for younger workers remained at the level of the existing National Minimum Wage (NMW). The NLW is set to achieve the 2020 target of 60 per cent of median earnings. Given the scale of the change – a 7.5 per cent increase at the time of the NLW introduction (PDF) – and the ambitious target set for 2020, a natural question is the impact on employment and other margins of adjustment by firms. Continue reading
As the English nation holds its breath ahead of tonight’s clash against Iceland, author and ESRC-funded academic Clare Bambra explains why, if it were down to health stats, we wouldn’t get through against the boys in blue.
Iceland will beat England in Euro 2016 tonight
England will get knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland tonight and Iceland will in fact go all the way to the final!… well that’s if the tournament follows how healthy each nation is. Based on health statistics, Switzerland who were knocked out on Saturday would have actually walked away as European Champions for the first time in the competition’s history – narrowly beating Iceland on penalties at Stade de France on Sunday 10 July.