Saturday, 17 January 2015

Poorer Children are already disadvantaged before they even start school. Differences in income hinder children's progress from a very young age

Poorer children are less likely to be ready for school meaning it is more difficult for them to make progress in their education

To download the full pdf click here

Explaining the data
Academics analysed a group of children at the age of 3 and 5, comparing their school readiness and their reading age. They compared the average score for each income group, ranging from the richest fifth to the poorest fifth, to the overall median. In each category, Children in the poorest fifth averaged a score that was well below the overall median, while the richest fifth were significantly above the median. So, for example, the average 3 year old born into the richest fifth of the population scored 63 (meaning a score higher than 63% of all children) for school readiness, while the average score in the poorest fifth was just 32. Obviously, the median for all 3 year olds was 50, below the richest, but above the poorest. This chart is taken from Professor John Hills’s book ‘Good Times, Bad Times: the welfare myth of them and us’ published by ‘Policy Press’ in November 2014.


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Monday, 12 January 2015

Wellingborough Diggers Festival 2015: Programme of events

Wellingborough Diggers Festival 2015: Programme of Events:

Saturday 28th February 2015 for one week: Display about the Wellingborough Diggers (Fringe - Free admission)
Venue: Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, NN8 1XB. Open 10am-4:30pm daily

Friday 6th March 2015 (Fringe - Free event)
Talk by Andrew Bradstock (United Reform Church and The Social Justice Forum) 
Venue: Friends Meeting House, St. Johns Street, Wellingborough, NN8 4LG
Time: 7:30pm 
Theme: "Food banks, Hunger and History; What can we learn from the Wellingborough Diggers 1650?"
This discussion will be chaired by Martin Heath (BBC Radio Northampton)
No ticket required but please email Tony Banks at red@tonybanks.plus.com if you are interested as seats are limited.
Although this is a free event, we suggest a donation of £4 to help cover some of the costs. We would also like to use this opportunity to collect tins of food to be donated to the local food bank.

Saturday 7th March 2015 (Fringe - Free event)
Talk by Andrew Bradstock
Venue: Wellingborough Library, Pebble Lane, NN8 1AS
Time: 12noon- 1pm
Theme: "Gerrard Winstanley: The Man and His Ideas"
This discussion will be chaired by Ian Foreman (Wellingborough Diggers Committee Member)

Saturday 7th March 2015 (Fringe - Free event)
Discussion to commemorate International Women's Day
Venue: Wellingborough Library, Pebble Lane, NN8 1AS
Time: 2pm- 4pm
Theme: "Should Women have Human Rights?"
This discussion will be chaired by Deidre Eadey. Guest speakers Jess Anslow and Cllr. Andrea Watts.

Saturday 7th March 2015 (Fringe - Free event)
'Protest Song'- Song-writing Workshop with Phil Hare
Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, Sheep Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1BS
Time: 2pm - 3pm
You don't need to play an instrument to get involved! Please email me at jacquinortonpromote@gmail.com if you are interested in taking part.

Saturday 7th March 2015 (Fringe - Free event)
Live Music 
Artist: Lexie Green and the Indigo Blue (4pm-6pm)
Artist: The Song Birds (8pm)
Artist: G-String (9:30pm-late)
Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, Sheep Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1BS

Saturday 7th March 2015 (Main Festival Event - Tickets)
Venue: The Georgian Suite, The Hind Hotel, Sheep Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1BY (please note due to the age and nature of the building there is no lift)
Time: 7:30pm - late
Music will be performed by: 
  • Phil Hare - performing contemporary songs that reflect social/political change
  • Kev Buxton - our very own local Kontra Roots promoter and musician
  • Rapscallion our headliners for this year who are influenced by The Pogues, The Levellers and include the Diggers song in their repertoire!

There will be a second-hand book stall on the Friday and Saturday evening events. Feel free to have a browse and buy - all proceeds from sales will go towards the 6th festival and fringe.

Tickets for the evening event Saturday 7th March 2015:
"Early Bird" Tickets £8 or £7 concessions. NOW ON SALE! "Early Bird" price available until Saturday 31st January 2015. 

General Tickets £10 or £8 concessions - Available from Sunday 1st February 2015.

Please send cheques payable to Wellingborough Diggers with ticket order details, contact telephone number and a stamped address envelope to:
Wellingborough Diggers
c/o 3 Grove Street
Wellingborough
Northants
NN8 3HW


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Sunday, 30 November 2014

The myth of social mobility in the UK: the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor

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To download a full pdf, click here

Explaining the data
This data is taken from a study by Miles Corak, Income inequality, equality of opportunity and intergenerational mobility, published in The Journal of Economic Perspectives, volume 27 number 3, pages 79-102 


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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Poorest 80% of population have seen their share of incomes drop since 1979

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To download the full pdf, click here

Explaining the data
This chart is taken from Professor John Hills’s book 'Changing Lives, Welfare State. Why we really are all in it together’ published by ‘Policy Press’ in November 2014 The figures are taken from earlier analyses by Jenkins SP and Cowell F 'Dwarfs and Giants in the 1980s: Trends in UK income distribution' (1993) and Adams N, Carr J, Collins J, Johnson G and Matejic P, Households Below Average Income: An analysis of the income distribution, 1994/95 to 2010/11(2012). 



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Friday, 14 November 2014

Launch of a Northamptonshire Palestine Solidarity Campaign



On Thursday, November 27th at 7.00pm in the Friends Meeting House, Northall Street, Kettering NN16 8DS there be the launch of Northamptonshire Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

Please support this initiative if you believe in:

  • self determination for the Palestinian people
  • the right of return for Palestinian refugees
  • the withdrawal of the Israeli state from illegally occupied territories 
  • the rights of the Palestinian people to live in peace with justice, human rights and freedom from Israeli aggression
  • promoting Palestinian civil society 
  • opposing racism (including anti-Jewish prejudice) 
  • opposing the apartheid and Zionist nature of the Israeli state 

This meeting is a public meeting and open to all who support the above aims and/or are genuinely interested in knowing more about the just cause of the Palestinian people.

For more information email: northantspsc@gmail.com 

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