In the United States, a system of modern peonage — essentially, a government-run loan shark operation — has been going on for years. Beginning in the 1990s, the country adopted a set of criminal justice strategies that punish poor people for their poverty. Right now in America, 10 million people, representing two-thirds of all current and former offenders in the country, owe governments a total of $50 billion in accumulated fines, fees and other impositions.
A report released this week by the Australian Council of Social Service has pointed out that many vulnerable households cannot access rooftop solar and efficient appliances, describing the issue as a serious problem.
The Canadian province of Ontario plans to give up to 4,000 low-income households a guaranteed basic income for three years. Finland recently began its own basic income experiment, reported Jillian Kestler-D'Amours.
China is doing a poor job at political education for university students because the classes are outdated and unfashionable, the education minister said in a rare admission of the difficulties faced enforcing a key government policy.
The performance of poor pupils at UK secondary school is rapidly declining, meaning they are far more likely to achieve worse academic results by the time they sit General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE), a new report has warned.