The Cost of Living Crisis – Forthcoming Book


The Cost of Living Crisis: Time to End Economic Injustice
by Michael Calderbank

Publication date: 15 February 2015 (£9.95)
Pre-lauch offer price: £8.95

How will the coalition government, which took office in 2010, be assessed? It hopes to be credited with tackling the abuse of the welfare state and restoring the levels of employment. In reality it introduced a vicious program of cuts and intimidation against the most vulnerable of Britain’s citizens; cut the living standards of those in work and oversaw a system of low paid, often casual jobs for those desperate for employment. This policy was without justification, at the time of its implementation; a small privileged group who had already grown obscenely rich were allowed to become even wealthier.

The research in this book is drawn from two booklets published by the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group. These are nine, largely politically unaffiliated unions, who have campaigned vigorously against Government policy on behalf of their own members and the wider public. The author Michael Calderbank, who led the unions’ research, delivers an uncompromising message; we must introduce or restore legislation that will tackle the cost of living crisis, and at the same time, make it difficult for another government, to impose policies that are so blatantly in the interests of a wealthy privileged class.

The Author

Dr Michael Calderbank lives in London, where he works in Parliament as a researcher for trade unions. He is Co-Editor of the lively and influential left magazine Red Pepper. Michael describes himself as a community activist, campaigning against cuts to public services, privatisation and attacks on the welfare state.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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