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Et si l'action locale pouvait changer le monde ? A Bristol, à Fukushima, en France, des héros ordinaires se battent pour rendre la vie meilleure. Et inventer une autre ère énergétique et économique. Ils sont français, brésiliens, allemands ou canadiens. Ils créent des monnaies locales, des jardins communautaires, des parcs éoliens citoyens, des entreprises coopératives. Ces « lanceurs d'avenir », comme les appelle Marie-Monique Robin dans son dernier documentaire, Sacrée Croissance ! , s'aventurent dans de nouvelles façons de vivre, consommer ou produire, à l'heure où les promesses de l'abondance capitaliste s'évanouissent. Ils préfèrent le « mieux » au « plus », sèment les graines de ce que pourrait être une société « post-croissance », et revitalisent les questions de l'écologie, de la démocratie et de la politique.

. « Partout en France, dans l'angle mort des médias, des gens ordinaires prouvent que la transformation sociale n'est pas le privilège des puissants, analyse Emmanuel Daniel, auteur du Tour de France des alternatives. An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty. Continue reading the main story Income in adulthood for children whose families moved to a better place The same as kids from the new place Children who moved at age 10 ended up with incomes that were about halfway between the average incomes of kids who spent their entire childhoods in one of the two places.

The later families moved, the less their children were affected. Moved when children were 9 The same as kids from the old place Income in adulthood for children whose families moved to a better place The later families moved, the less their chlildren were affected. Income in adulthood for children whose families moved to a better place Same as kids from the new place the old place The later families moved, the less their children ended up like the children from the new place. In the wake of the Los Angeles riots more than 20 years ago, Congress created an anti-poverty experiment called Moving to Opportunity.

The results were deeply disappointing. Continue reading the main story Photo DuPage, Ill. 2016 Hopefuls and Wealthy Are Aligned on Inequality. Brits' Top 20 Worries Revealed - The London Economic. Zero-hours contracts 'save UK from eurozone levels of unemployment' Are zero-hours contracts here to stay? In many ways, the growth of zero-hours contracts has symbolised the UK’s labour market since the downturn began: contributing to both stronger than expected employment figures but also rising job insecurity. One of the big question marks though has been whether they are solely a symptom of the recession and would start to disappear as the recovery strengthened, or if they are here to stay.

New figures released by the ONS today suggest the evidence for the latter just got stronger. The data come from two sources: one is based on the responses of employees with the other from employer surveys. The employee figures show 697,000 people reported being on a zero-hours contract in the final three months of 2014, up nearly a fifth from the corresponding period in 2013 (586,000). The total number from the employer survey is much higher, standing at 1.8 million ZHCs in August 2014 compared with 1.4 million in January 2014. What explains the discrepancy? Almost 700,000 people in UK have zero-hours contract as main job | UK news. Nearly 700,000 people are on zero-hours contracts in their main job - a rise of more than 100,000 on a year ago - according to new official figures. The rise is likely to trigger renewed debate over the widespread use of contracts that offer no guarantee of hours and only those benefits guaranteed by law, such as holiday pay.

The Office for National Statistics said the number of people estimated to be employed on a zero-hours contract in their main job was 697,000, representing 2.3% of all people in employment. In the same period in 2013, the figure was 1.9% of all people in employment, or 586,000. Overall, because workers often have more than one job official figures showed the number of employment contracts offering no minimum hours jumped from 1.4m in 2013, to 1.8m last year. The Labour party and trade unions accused the government of allowing a low-pay culture to grow unchecked, forcing many workers to live a hand-to-mouth existence that often prevented them qualifying for a mortgage.

The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) says as many people in working families as in unemployed ones now live in poverty, after a decade of labour market upheaval which means a job is no longer a guarantee of an end to poverty. Its annual report says the rise of part-time work and low-paid self-employment has been accompanied by a sharp increase in the number of under-25s living below the breadline as they struggle to cope with falling incomes, poor prospects and high costs from housing to food.

A lack of affordable housing also means those living in poverty are now as likely to be in private, usually rented, accommodation – at higher risk of eviction and homelessness – as in local authority or social housing. Some 13 million people in the UK are classified as living in relative poverty – meaning their household income is below 60 per cent of the average. Read more: Editorial: The new poorMiliband to get tough on rogue employment agencies Rebecca Field, 22, lives in Sheffield. Record numbers of working families in poverty due to low-paid jobs | Society. Insecure, low-paid jobs are leaving record numbers of working families in poverty, with two-thirds of people who found work in the past year taking jobs for less than the living wage, according to the latest annual report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The research shows that over the last decade, increasing numbers of pensioners have become comfortable, but at the same time incomes among the worst-off have dropped almost 10% in real terms. Painting a picture of huge numbers trapped on low wages, the foundation said during the decade only a fifth of low-paid workers managed to move to better paid jobs.

The living wage is calculated at £7.85 an hour nationally, or £9.15 in London – much higher than the legally enforceable £6.50 minimum wage. As many people from working families are now in poverty as from workless ones, partly due to a vast increase in insecure work on zero-hours contracts, or in part-time or low-paid self-employment. Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa. Donald Abbott, 35, looks over a receipt from Buddy’s Home Furnishings while his daughter, Savannah, and wife Jamie, rest on the family loveseat. The Abbott family purchased a sofa set from Buddy’s opting to pay for it in weekly installments of $110. (Photo by Bob Miller/For The Washington Post) CULLMAN, Ala. — The love seat and sofa that Jamie Abbott can’t quite afford ended up in her double-wide trailer because of the day earlier this year when she and her family walked into a new store called Buddy’s.

Abbott had no access to credit, no bank account and little cash, but here was a place that catered to exactly those kinds of customers. Anything could be hers. The possibilities — and the prices — were dizzying. At Buddy’s, a used 32-gigabyte, early model iPad costs $1,439.28, paid over 72 weeks. Abbott wanted a love seat-sofa combo, and she knew it might rip her budget. And yet low-income Americans increasingly have few other places to turn. Some persist. Most falter. Five million British workers earn less than living wage, report reveals - Business News. Shops and restaurants are among the worst offenders, say campaigners, who are expected to call for an increase in the living wage. This is £8.80 an hour in London and £7.65 an hour elsewhere; the statutory minimum for those aged over 21 is £6.50. However, the living wage is not statutory and many businesses – including all of Britain's top retailers – choose not to pay it.

Tomorrow's figures, from the Living Wage Foundation, are expected to reveal that sales and retail assistants are the most likely to earn below the living wage. About 750,000 such workers earn close to the minimum. "Many people are working two and three jobs just to make ends meet," said Rhys Moore, director of the Living Wage Foundation. What is the World's Biggest Cash Crop? Yep Cannabis makes serious dough. Curious why so many US states – Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado – have decriminalised or even legalized the drug?

Because state legislators are getting high on another kind of green. How long before other cash-strapped governments around the world follow suit? We scored some data on yearly harvested area, production weight and wholesale value for the most common food crops from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and used it to calculate yield per km2. Then we went sniffing around in various UN World Drug Reports and performed some backroom calculations to cook up some broadly comparable figures for illegal drugs – cocaine, heroin and the mighty marijuana. Data on illicit substances is, like the peeps who sell them, more than a bit sketchy. » Intrigued? Part of the infographic mega-tome, Knowledge is Beautiful. Capital - Life in a no-vacation nation. Edmund McCombs moved to Sydney six years ago — and has no plans to leave. It’s not just the beaches or the cafe-lined harbour that keeps the 33-year-old social sustainability manager Down Under.

The Florida native hasn’t left because, well, his boss actually wants him to take vacation and enjoy life outside of work. McCombs said his supervisor actively tracks vacation days not to make sure he doesn’t take too many, but rather to ensure he has regular breaks. What’s more, there are employees at the property and infrastructure company who are tasked with dreaming up ways to get workers out of the office and enjoying life. This time-off-as-the norm culture was initially a shock to McCombs’s American sensibilities. In Australia, he explained, “people leave and engage in their ‘real’ lives without fearing any repercussion for being away from the office.” Australian workers are guaranteed 20 days of paid vacation under federal law — in addition to seven paid holidays.

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