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Government Stabs Women In The Back With High Heels

Claire Hargreaves | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Hargreaves

The news that employers can still legally force women to wear high heels to work is yet another blow to the attempt to free the shackles from around women's feet.

Moments Of Social Change: Why Prince Harry Talking About His Mental Health Really Matters

Andy Bell | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Andy Bell

In June 2012, in an otherwise routine Parliamentary debate, for the first time in our history heard a sitting MP talk about his own mental health diff...

How Tech Is Reigniting The Golden Years For Our Ageing Populations

Andreas Schierenbeck | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech
Andreas Schierenbeck

In 2016, the global population was estimated to be 7.4 billion; a figure that the United Nations believes will increase to 11.2 billion by the year 2100. Today, one in eight of those 7.4 billion people are over the age of 60. This number is expected to increase as our overall quality of life continues to improve and we all live longer - with life expectancy even breaking the 90 barrier as soon as 2030, according to Imperial College London and the World Health Organization.

Let Down And Left Behind: How The Government And NHS Is Failing Deaf Children

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

Children's audiology may not be at the top of the political agenda but mandatory inspections of quality are absolutely essential. This simple change could make a huge difference to ensuring thousands of deaf children get the right support, right from the start.

Yes, Charity Begins At Home... But Should Not End There

Simon Kirkland | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Simon Kirkland

While the nation debates what a global Britain should look like post-Brexit, I hope that we can stop talking about slashing our aid budget. It's not in our national interest. It would leave some of the world's poorest people high and dry, and make our world less safe, healthy and prosperous for everyone.

The Five Most Exploitative Things About Student Loans

Liam Evans | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Evans

Student loans have quickly become the most exploitative, unethical and deceitful loan systems on the market. Uncapped to reasonable inflation they bleed those questing for higher education dry and profiteer off of hapless children committing to 30 year promises while still in school.

Taking Away Support When Widowed Parents Need It Most

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Last week a clock started ticking for widowed parents and bereaved children when the UK Government introduced some of the most indecent and unnecessary benefits cuts imaginable, cutting the support provided to widowed parents and grieving children at a time when they're likely to need it most.

Devastation For Children In Dunkirk

Hayley Cull | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Hayley Cull

With the embers of the fire in Dunkirk still glowing, now is the time for our Home Office to act to ensure children are protected by our laws and kept away from smugglers and traffickers. The horror faced by children in these awful camps can be ended by changing our Immigration Rules to ensure there is a sustainable legal process for getting children to the safety of their extended family in the UK when they are forced to leave their home.

Why The House Of Lords Shouldn't Be Abolished But Reformed

Lauren E. White | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren E. White

The House of Lords could be something great if governments weren't too afraid or selfish to change it for the better. Abolishing the House would give governments too much power and we would most certainly run the risk of an oppressive - even a totalitarian-like - government. Real reform could deliver real results. Don't abolish the future, abolish the present holding us back.

Too Often Under The Radar - Time To Help 'Invisible' Children

Anne Longfield | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Anne Longfield

Around 160,000 children live with a parent who uses opiates, and around 200,000 live with an adult dependent on alcohol. Of course, these are just estimates. Many children dealing with situations like these go under the radar.

How The £30-A-Week Cut To ESA Will Have A Devastating Impact For People With A Learning Disability, Like Me

Danny Brice | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Danny Brice

But this week, the Government has brought in a cut to a key disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, that I and thousands of disabled people rely on. For new people claiming this benefit from April 1st, they will receive £30 a week less. That is a huge amount when you think so many disabled people live in poverty.

We Are In Danger Of Creating A Culture Where People And Businesses Have An Ever-Diminishing Stake In The Future Of Society

Tim Connor | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Tim Connor

It was the 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke who argued that private property was the basis of social order, an incentive to hard work and a route to national prosperity. Burke also believed that widespread access to acquiring property would act as powerful check on the power of the state and elites. 

The Next Generation Cyber Technologies Being Used To Defend Businesses

Bryan Lillie | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Bryan Lillie

The upcoming CyberUK should act as the starting point for this, bringing all aspects of industry, tech developers, cyber experts and OEM's together under the umbrella of the new strategy, ensuring the UK creates a safe cyberspace for everyone.

The Government Is Taking Advantage Of Nurses. We're On The Edge Of A Strike

Laura Zito | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Laura Zito

Some people will die. It's awful to say, but they will. Whether that's due to medications and treatments not being funded, the closure of emergency services, lack of staff or the inability to get a simple appointment, it's happening now.

What's The Big Vision For Care For Older and Disabled People?

Stephen Burke | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Council tax bills have landed on doormats and across the country most households face higher charges to pay for care for older and disabled people.

Why Won't The Government Act On No Fault Divorce?

Richard Adams | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Richard Adams

One may wonder why, in the 21st century, adults are required to ask for the court's consideration and approval of their decision to get a divorce (no such approval, after all, is required to get married). But it is even more egregious that where there is ample evidence of the damage that acrimonious divorces can do to both the couple and any children they have that the law ultimately requires them to start that process by attributing blame for the relationship breakdown.

The Government Is Failing On Access To New Medicines

Justin Madders | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

The NHS is our proudest national achievement, but it is to our shame that people in England are deprived of vital drugs and treatments on the basis of financial, rather than clinical, judgements.

FGM Figures Are Tip Of The Iceberg

Michelle Lee-Izu | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Michelle Lee-Izu

FGM is child abuse and no girl should ever have to live with the harmful physical and emotional consequences of this terrible practice.

Giving People With Learning Disabilities Access To Work

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

From employers' negative attitudes and views, to limited support in finding jobs, there are many reasons why people with learning disabilities struggl...

What Should 2017 Be The Year Of? Removing Inequality

Fran Brosan | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Fran Brosan

It's funny how true the old adage is, that things are like buses, you wait for ages for one and then they come in threes. A psychologist would no doub...

The Truth About Torture And Rendition Must Come Out

Omran Belhadi | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Omran Belhadi

Secret justice is no justice at all, anathema to long held principles of open British justice. But in this case, there is a particularly powerful need for transparency, given that the spooks have misled the ministers who in turn misled Parliament.

The Government Wants To Help Mothers Return To Work, But What Can Flexible Working Really Bring To An Organisation?

Jane Johnson | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Johnson

Flexible working itself requires highly sought-after skills, and we should not be afraid to draw this to the attention of recruiters and employers. We will need to prove ourselves and the value we bring. We are a flexible working PR and Communications consultancy, and here are some of the lessons we have learnt from our own experience:

Are Young People Really Represented Well Enough?

Louis Sherman | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

The earlier we start to make change, individually or as a whole, and showing young people the value we place on them and their voices, the more benefits we all get from it in the future. Representation of young voices has never gone far enough and now is our time to make our voices heard thoroughly and truly.

If You're Old Or Disabled, You Will Have To Keep Waiting For Better Care

Stephen Burke | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government has recognised that care is in crisis. The Budget has provided some more 'sticking plaster' emergency funding for care via local authorities. How that £2 billion will be distributed and used over the next three years remains to be seen.

The Spring Budget: Everything You Need to Know

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Vikram Kumar Khosla

The Autumn budget will be an indicator of how well the economy is doing and we could see some more announcements being made. can also be dubbed the Brexit Budget because the likely impact from Article 50 and negotiations may change the way the Government does business.