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Leaked Government Memo Shows Details Of Planned £12bn Welfare Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Comedy

The Conservative party are planning to cut £12bn from the welfare budget - but won't reveal how those cuts will be made until after the general elect...

Young People Waiting More Than Three Years For Mental Health Help In 'Creaking' System

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Youths with mental health problems are being forced to wait for more than three years for help in a "creaking" system which cannot cope with the rise ...

The Last Shall Be First

Gavin Devine | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK
Gavin Devine

The dominance of London and the surrounding region in the national economy and in many aspects of our cultural life, there is an ever-increasing media and political focus on areas outside the South East as recognition grows of the importance of their role in the UK as a whole. And this could have a profound impact on Britain's future.

The Government Must Act on Air Pollution

Simon Gillespie | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Gillespie

There is a consensus in the medical community and among the major charities in this area. There is overwhelming and terrifying evidence, which is increasing every year. So we are all calling on the UK Government, ahead of the UK Supreme Court ruling on this issue next month..

Budgets Are About a Message, Not the Maths

Melissa Davis | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Melissa Davis

Prime minister David Cameron - First Lord of the Treasury - may be the government's PR man by background, but the Budget, the most high stakes public relations event in the politics calendar, is entrusted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Relationships Must Be Put at the Heart of the NHS

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Long term health conditions such as dementia, cancer and depression affect 15 million of us in the UK today, making up the bulk of increasing demand on the NHS. With our most cherished institution struggling to meet the costs, it is clear we need to find new and different ways of preventing and managing ill health.

The Government Needs to Get Serious About Digital Elections

Jack Curtis | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

As much as our society is digital, it is every bit as cynical. The next decade will make great strides forward for communication, health, business and sport, but let it also be the decade that politics repairs its broken reputation. Nobody knows what will pick politics up from the gutter, but online voting might just be a start.

Ofsted Criticism Shows Growing Importance of Anti-Radicalisation Provision for Our Young People

Charlie Rigby | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Ofsted has received criticism from two committees of MPs this week, who have slammed its failure to highlight the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal and the 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham schools, after allegations of attempted takeovers by individuals looking to impose a view of radical Islam on the students.

Caging Debate and Transparency

Yousef Dar | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Yousef Dar

This is not the first time such allegations have surfaced; there have been other examples, and, whilst this is not the lone cause of radicalisation, such behaviour can play a part in that journey. The extent of this influence is open to debate on a case by case basis.

Why We Must Further Nurture Grit and Resilience in Our Schoolchildren

Charlie Rigby | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Yesterday Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated that being academic in the modern world simply isn't enough, and that too narrow a focus was given to passing exams, when more time should be spent developing the grit and resilience young people will do frequently need in life. This is a message I wholeheartedly agree with, but it is a little late in coming.

Budget 2015: Here Are 8 Things George Osborne WON'T Mention

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Comedy

As the Chancellor gets ready to deliver his final budget before the general election, we predict some things he won't mention... (For HuffPost ...

Could This FINALLY Be The Start Of A Sensible UK Drugs Policy?

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK

Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are calling for a major overhaul in the way government classifies and criminalises drug users. The Virgin owner...

Are Governments in a "Leap-Frog Race" on Business and Human Rights?

Eniko Horvath | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Eniko Horvath

When we recently contacted over 100 governments with questions on their actions on business and human rights, more than a dozen said that they are considering or developing a National Action Plan, including Brazil, Germany and the US.

Housing Crisis Goes to the Heart of Westminster

David Orr | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

This is not a series of individual failures. This is a structural economic failure which is resulting in acute human misery and frustration. It is limiting our prospects for sustained economic growth. It is a failure of politics and government.

Britain's Housing Crisis - The Brownfield Solution?

Simon Thomas | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

As the May general election looms, housing remains a key issue over which the different political parties will scrap it out until the polls close. Of course they'll all promise the earth, offering to solve the UK's housing shortage with inflated numbers of how many houses they expect to build, but in reality how many of these much needed new homes will ever get off the ground?

The Three Mega-trends That Prove the War on Carbon Is Being Won

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Jeremy Leggett

I have a dream. It involves climate negotiators. They are bleary-eyed, exhausted, but happy. Nestled inside some grey building in the heart of Paris, they are weeping with relief at the result of all-night negotiations that leave climate campaigners like me elated, and the carbon-fuel lobbyists staring into the abyss, desolated.

The Battle Over Career Guidance: The Slowest Gunfight in Political History?

Tristram Hooley | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Tristram Hooley

Tristram Hunt is firing the latest shots in one of the slowest running political gunfights ever conducted. Early shots were fired by John Major's government in the early 1990s when they privatised the careers service.

Should We Allow Engineering to be Rebranded?

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Tech
Yetunde Adediran

Engineering educators must utilise young peoples' passion, interest, and reach out, to their dreams by means of diversifying and inspiring engineering to the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Inequality: Let's Get Creative

Thomas Kemp | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Kemp

Inequality is everywhere at the moment. Scarcely a day goes by without a new take on an age-old story. Inevitably, much of this has focused around money - the super rich, multinationals, bonuses, the wage gap, housing, Swiss bank accounts, tax - all have been under the media spotlight in articles that generate anger and jealousy in equal measure.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

The Urbanisation of London - Who Is It for?

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Not only are developers ruining London for the people who actually live here, the development of HS2 is going to destroy some of Britain's most idyllic countryside, all for a train line that many will not be able to afford to travel on.

I Abhor the Neoliberal Ideology Which Prizes Wealth Creation and Individualism - So I Became an Entrepreneur

Georgia Elander | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

The political establishment's attachment to wealth creation and private profit will do this country no good, and I welcome the growing tide of opposition.

Why Robert Downey Jr Is Ruining Britain

David Fearnhead | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
David Fearnhead

I don't want to live in a world where Robert Downey Jr going grocery shopping is news, and I'm pretty sure Robert Downey Jr doesn't either. In fact I know he doesn't because he openly mocked the story on his own Facebook page, thus ensuring the story was reposted 1500 times in less than an hour. It's now over the 6,600 mark in shares

Warning: You Can't Unsee This

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Comedy

We're so, so sorry you can't unsee this... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by Handface and David Schneider, featuring Jess Robinson.) ...

'It's Time Britain Had A Pay Rise,' Says David Cameron. He's Not Wrong...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Comedy

The prime minister recently declared that Britain needs a pay rise. We completely agree... (By Andrea Mann and David Beresford) ...