Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd


THE CHILDCARE CRUNCH - The Hidden Cost of Living Crisis

Season 1, Ep. 241

Hello! This week we’re looking at the huge cost of childcare, an often ignored part of the cost of living crisis. New research has found that almost two thirds of families are paying more, or the same, for their childcare as they do their rent or mortgage, with one in four parents saying they had to cut down on food, heat and clothing to afford childcare. To find out how this compares to other countries and discuss what can be done to help parents, we’re talking to friend of the pod and researcher Christine Berry, Dr Kate Hardy from the University of Leeds, and Joeli Brearly, who founded the charity Pregnant Then Screwed.

Plus, Ed’s Make Your Own Sandwich shop gets a reinvention

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

A basic income for the arts: how Ireland is changing the game

Season 1, Ep. 293
Hello! This week we’re returning to one of our favourite topics covered in our very first episode when Geoff was closer to 40 than 50: universal basic income. Except this time it's not money for everyone - it's just for artists - and it raises some important questions about how we recognise the role that art plays in our economy, society and communities. Last year Ireland announced a three-year pilot in which 2,000 artists will receive 325€ a week. Is removing financial stress the key to unlocking creative freedom? Will it mean a wider group of people can access the arts? And what can we learn from our own history, including Mrs Thatcher’s Enterprise Allowance Scheme. These are all big questions that we put to our guests: Eliza Easton, Noel Kelly and Love Ssega - formerly of Clean Bandit - a musician working across artistic boundaries.Plus: It’s the big 5-0 for Geoff as he records a message to his future self...GuestsEliza Easton, Deputy Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (@ElizaEaston)Noel Kelly, CEO and Director, Visual Artists Ireland (@VisArtsIreland)Love Ssega, Musician and Artist in Residence, Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall (@LoveSsega)More informationLearn more about the PEC, led by NestaLearn more about Visual Artists for Ireland, including more information about the Basic Income for the Arts SchemeSsega mentioned Ella Kissi-Debrah and her mother's fight to get air pollution on her death certificateWatch the film of Love Ssega's 'Where are we now?' performance at the National GalleryRead about Love Ssega and his residency at the Philharmonia Orchestra Come to the celebration at 6pm on 8th June at the Royal Festival Hall
Sunday, April 16, 2023

Back to nature: how can farming be sustainable?

Season 1, Ep. 292
Hello! This week we’re getting our wellies on as we dig deeper into the future of farming. Agriculture accounts for around 10% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and has a role in biodiversity loss and pollution. So how can we change the way we farm and use our land in a way that helps ensure food security, restores nature and provides a livelihood for farmers, all while tackling the climate crisis? It's quite a task but we chew it all over with Lydia Collas from Green Alliance and Minette Batters from the National Farmers’ Union. We’re then heading to Dorset to talk to Jyoti Fernandes about the role of ‘agro-ecology’ to feed ourselves, restore nature, and cool the planet.Plus: Which unexpected (and highly relevant) radio show was Ed obsessed with as a child?GuestsLydia Collas, Policy Analyst, Green Alliance (@LydiaCollas / @GreenAllianceUK)Minette Batters, President, National Farmers' Union (@Minette_Batters / @NFUtweets)Jyoti Fernandes, Campaigns and Policy Coordinator, Landworkers’ Alliance & Agroecology Smallholder (@fernandes_jyoti / @LandworkersUK)More informationVisit the websites of Green Alliance, the NFU and LWARead Jyoti's open letter to George MonbiotElms: England greener farming payments detail unveiled (Article, BBC News, January 2023)What is agroecology? (Explainer, The Soil Association)Contact Reasons to be Cheerful via our website, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Let us know your episode ideas, your comments and feedback!