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‘Generation rent?’ we’ve been here before

The Guardian, 19/02/2015, p.37, Danny Dorling

Comment: Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at Oxford University, writes on home ownership trends in Britain and the need for better rental market regulation.

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Pragmatism is required amid Greek deal stand-off

Financial Times online, Letters, 19/02/2015

Professor Simon Wren-Lewis of Merton College, Oxford, is one of a number of signatories to a letter about the Greek debt negotiations: ‘The difficulties of negotiations between Greece and the eurogroup pose a real risk of no agreement — with potentially serious consequences, economic and political, for the Greek people and for all citizens of the EU. The essence of an economic union is give and take — giving now that you may benefit later, as well as responding to the democratic demands of its citizens. In fact, in the view of many of us, “appropriate concessions” by creditors would actually benefit not only Greece, but even those so adamant at staying the course. Without a change, the European project could fail.’

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Let us celebrate and protect Magna Carta’s enduring relevance

The Times, 19/02/2015, p.56, David Pannick

David Pannick QC, a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, writes on plans for celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.

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Economy draws more east Europeans to UK

The Guardian, 19/02/2015, p.6, Alan Travis

The latest Office for National Statistics labour market statistics show the number of east Europeans working in Britain rose to 895,000 in December – an increase of 168,000 or 23% in the past year. Carlos Vargas-Silva, senior researcher at the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said the new wave of migrants from the A8 countries, which include Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary, was a resumption of the pattern seen soon after they joined the EU a decade ago: ‘The key figure is migration from the A8 countries. In 2004-2008 there were significant increases in the number from these countries, then there was the recession and that declined. We have seen economic conditions in the UK improve and things are better, and now we see migration from those countries increasing again. The Polish economy is doing well but while it is growing a lot, it is not at the same level as the British economy. There is still a gap.’

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Workers from Europe hit record level
The Times, 19/02/2015, p.2, Richard Ford

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Energy customers miss big savings, says CMA inquiry

BBC News online, 18/02/2015, John Moylan

Dual-fuel customers of the big energy firms have missed big savings by not switching suppliers, early evidence from a competition inquiry suggests. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the energy market since last summer. Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at Oxford University, said: ‘Switching is never going to be enough. What is needed is a simple, transparent default tariff, indexed to the wholesale price, with a published fair margin, to protect the vulnerable and those who remain loyal to their suppliers.’

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Davey threat to break up Big Six
The Daily Telegraph, 19/02/2015, p.10, Emily Gosden

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