Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen 24/7 Wall Street Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 16, 2018 The unemployment rate for black Americans fell below 6 percent for the first time in history earlier this year. The historic dip in joblessness was a benchmark of progress in the continued pursuit of racial equality in the United States – and a reminder of the unique challenges black Americans face every day. The black unemployment rate has hovered above the overall unemployment rate by several percentage points since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking it over 40 years ago. Racial disparities in America do not stop with the labor market. The median annual income among black households in the United States is just $36,651, about $24,000 shy of the median income among white households. Black Americans are also less likely to own a home, less likely to have a college education, and five times more likely to be incarcerated than white Americans. More: 31 cities adding the most … [Read more...] about Racial disparity in cities: The worst metro areas for black Americans
Landlord and tenant act 1954
Whilst desperately wanting to avoid sounding like a typical lawyer, the answer is ‘it depends’. The ability for a company (no matter its size) to be certain of its location is important for stability and growth, so the end of a lease can throw a company into turmoil. The starting point is the lease itself and whether the lease is ‘contracted out’ of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. If the 1954 act does not apply, the tenant does not have the right to remain at the end of the lease. This does not mean that a new lease cannot be agreed. The 1954 act provides tenants ‘security of tenure’, ie the company’s right to remain at the end of its lease and, crucially, the ability to compel its landlord to grant a new lease. If a new lease cannot be agreed, then the court can decide. End of story? Not quite. Even if the tenant has rights under the 1954 act, the landlord has the upper hand. If the landlord is able to establish certain grounds, then they … [Read more...] about Does a business have the right to remain at the end of its lease?
David Donnison, who has died aged 92, was one of a group of outstanding academics who played an important part in shaping social policy during the 1960s and 70s, and, in his case, well beyond. He remained engaged in public debate until the end of his life. David was, first and last, a “bottom up” person. Who should decide the design of the housing estates into which rehoused tenants should move? Who other than the tenants? Who should manage their estates or, where possible, own them? Who else but the tenants, at least in a major way? What discretion should officials have in deciding on the benefits claimants should receive? None, or nearly none, he argued in a fierce debate with Richard Titmuss, his colleague at the London School of Economics. Claimants should have clearly defined statutory rights. In his later years he became a strong supporter of advocacy on behalf of marginalised or disempowered groups. His book Speaking to Power (2009) is an eloquent account of the … [Read more...] about David Donnison obituary