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What Can Disabled People Do When the Computer Says No?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Sometimes the system takes the flexibility of human judgement out of the equation, and we end up with a situation akin to the famous Little Britain sketch where the computer simply says no to everything.

Why Collaboration Is Key to Tackling the World's Grand Challenges

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Globalisation has rendered us increasingly inter-dependent with massive opportunities and also risks/challenges as a result. Driven by technological advances from transport, to communications, and electronic networks, globalisation has delivered important advancements in terms of movement and exchange of people, ideas, values, resources, commodities and finance.

Which? Calls for a Government for all Consumers

Richard Lloyd | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

And at a time when billions of pounds of investment is planned for the nation's ageing infrastructure, we also need a new independent body to ensure that regulators are improving the lives of consumers and keeping these costs - which mostly end up on consumers' bills - under control.

The Benefits of TTIP Mean We Can't Allow It to Be Sacrificed by Misinformation and Scare Stories

Lord Livingston | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Livingston

The latest plan to bring our two trading blocs closer together has been met with similar levels of cynicism, but will lay the foundations for a trading future that will keep the EU and US at the forefront of international commerce, progress and prosperity.

Scotland Independence Referendum - The Aftermath

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.

Which? Calls on the Government to Get Smart on Smart Meters

Richard Lloyd | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

By 2020, the Government wants every household in the UK to have smart meters for gas and electricity. At a time when bills are spiralling up, smart meters and the in-home displays that come with them should help people think about how much energy they are using and whether they can cut down.

Why the Disability Discrimination Act Is a Criminal Farce

Jeff Salmon | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jeff Salmon

My lovely old dad was in a wheelchair for the last 10 years of his life and it was my duty and pleasure to push it around London. But it's only when you have the privilege of helping a wheelchair-user navigate the streets of London does it hammer home how thoughtless many of us are by making it so difficult for them to get around...

Memorandum to the New Minister for Civil Society - Time for Action

John Tizard | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Dear Minister, Welcome to the new job. I write this memorandum as someone who works with many civil society organisations, is a trustee of some national and local charities and as a former senior executive in that sector.

Creative Businesses and the Digital Healthcare Revolution

Caroline Norbury | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Tech
Caroline Norbury

We learned this week that as part of the Conservative election manifesto the party will promise GP access seven days a week by 2020. This is to relieve pressure on hospitals, giving working people access to a doctor at weekends, with family doctors able to consult patients via email and internet video link as part of the plans.

Use Our Handy Flowchart To See How Tory Party Policy Affects You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Unsure as to how Conservative party policies will affect you in the run-up to the general election? Our handy flowchart, created by David Schneider an...

'Cameron - What Are You Doing?!' Jon Stewart Is Amazed By The UK Debate On Iraq Air Strikes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Comedy

The House of Commons recently voted to support air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq - much to Jon Stewart's amazement. Not that he was surprised th...

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! It's The Great NHS Privatisation Sale - And Everything Must Go!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Comedy

What are you waiting for, big business? It's the coalition government's great NHS privatisation sale - and everything must go! (Made for HuffPost U...

Chaotic Government Funding Fails to Fix Pothole Epidemic

Richard Burden | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Changes to the Agency overseeing 2% of our road network (our motorways and "A Roads") will not fix the potholes that undermine road safety and blight everyday journeys for car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and HGVs too...

It's Time That Our Country Has an Ethical Migration System

Steven Woolfe | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

Migrants that are accepted to enter Britain should be self-sustaining. Under a Ukip-supported government they would not be able to claim any type of benefit within their first five years here. They would also have to prove before entry that they have private health insurance. We believe that migrants have to pay in before the government pay out.

Party Conferences - Opportunity to Engage With Charities and Voluntary and Community Sector

John Tizard | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The party conference season is underway. These are going to be last conferences before the 2015 general election. Therefore, they each will take on an added significance as policy is debated and announced.

A New Manifesto for the Tech Industry

John Davis | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Tech
John Davis

The initiative from techUK with their manifesto that calls for the government to invest more in digital technology is essential to the development of the sector here in the UK. The manifesto urges politicians and policy-makers to recognise the critical significance of the global digital revolution.

Why Do 'They' Email Difficult News on Friday Afternoons?

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

I am not sure if organisations send emails on Friday afternoons on purpose or not, or they understand the distressed this causes. While I can understand why they would do it, to give people the opportunity to calm down and reflect on the contents of the email, I do think it is cowardly and demonstrates a weakness because they are unable to properly defend their decision.

Government Ask For Help, Britain Rips The P***

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne laid down a challenge to the people of Great Britain today... What would you put on #yourpoundcoin? A favourite UK landmark? A great...

For the Future of Women's Sport, We Need Collaboration

Ruth Holdaway | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Holdaway

If I get my job right, one day the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation won't need to exist, because we'll have achieved full gender equity for the sector. That day isn't here yet, but we're working towards it and the partnerships and collaborations we form will help us get there.

Time to Meet the Challenges of Our Ageing Society

Paul Burstow | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We are living through one of the biggest changes in human history, not just in Britain, globally too: we are living longer.

Politicians Should Be Chasing Wellbeing, Not Economic Growth, Says Parliamentary Group

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK

Politicians should focus more on the wellbeing of British citizens than chasing faster economic growth, a cross-party parliamentary group has said. ...

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

Nick Gibb | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, its leading universities, its Nobel laureates, its history and its world-class economy, that illiteracy should remain untamed and intractable. Yet one in five 11-year-olds are still leaving primary school struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Retail's a Cracking Industry

simon baldwin | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

We are on the eve of an historical vote in Scotland. Whether yes or no, the future of the country will be different. Many have spoken of the effects the vote will have on the economy .... on the energy sector, on manufacturing, on farming, on financial services. Most recently, on tourism.

Joining Together to Defeat the 'Bedroom Tax' Should Just Be the Start for Labour and the Lib Dems

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

This was an all-too-rare case of Labour and the Liberal Democrats coming together to defeat the Conservatives... I think we may see more of these two parties working together before polling day in May next year.

More Jobs Is Not Enough

Alexandra Jones | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alexandra Jones

Britain is rightly proud of its track record of job creation, but a successful 21st Century economy requires more. Ahead of the 2015 Election, it is time for all parties to face up to the changing face of the labour market, and set out their commitments to building a more sustainable, productive and robust economy that offers opportunities for all workers, and cities, throughout the UK.