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Terrorism, Community Safety, Police Cuts And Tower Hamlets

Ohid Ahmed | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ohid Ahmed

For the safety of all our citizens, we must see these cuts reversed nationally and locally. The public rightly need to be kept safe on our streets, and this is surely the most basic of duties that all of us expect from national and local government leaders alike.

How Theresa May And The Tories Can Learn From Robert Nesta Marley

Dawn Butler | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dawn Butler

This week marked the official State Opening of Parliament by the Queen. This was the Queen's 64th speech however this one was far from usual, with the new government on this occasion set to be propped up by the DUP. The Tories so often warned us about a coalition of chaos during the election campaign, but little did they expect to be talking about their own chaotic government.

The Queen's Speech Presents An Opportunity To Help Refugees - We Urge The Government To Grab It With Both Hands

Maurice Wren | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Welcome news that the proposed legislation and policies for the next session of parliament as set out in Wednesday's Queen's Speech included a new Immigration Bill and a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. These present real opportunities to improve the lives of refugees - and we so hope the government grabs them with both hands.

A Queen's Speech For Brexit And Beyond

Tina Hallett | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Tina Hallett

It was inevitable that this year's Queen's Speech, covering the next two years of Parliamentary activity, would have a heavy focus on delivering the 'best deal for leaving the EU'. Indeed, 8 of the 27 bills and draft bills appear linked to Brexit.

Fire Fighters, Amongst Others, Deserve So Much More

James Woods | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Woods

We often take public services for granted until we need them. One day you're well, working and standing but you're only a day away from needing the welfare system, the NHS, police assistance or the fire service and that needs to be recognised by us and especially by those in power. It's time to start treating those who risk their life and wellbeing daily and save hundreds and thousands of lives a year with the respect, care and compassion they really deserve.

Children Must Be A Priority For New Government

Matthew Reed | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Whether you love politics, loathe it, or are indifferent, the outcome of last week's General Election matters. MPs decisions can have a big impact upon people's lives, including those of the children and young people we look out for at The Children's Society. So I am heartened by reports that more young people aged 18-24 voted this time.

Theresa May Is Selling Out Women And The LGBT Community To Cling To Power And It's Not Okay

Kerry Abel | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry Abel

We should stand with our LGBT friends and family, and demand that our rights are not sold off as part of a squalid deal to prop up a failed government. It is not time to be complacent about the rights to control our bodies and live our lives.

Five Ways The New Government Can Heal Divisions Between The Generations

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Tackling intergenerational inequity is the challenge of our times. Economic measures are required urgently to address the housing crisis and develop fairer taxation. But we also need to bring older and younger people together to discuss mutual concerns and provide shared spaces which can promote stronger understanding and trust between people of all ages.

Voters Won't Thanks A New Government That Lets Housing Reform Fail

Christian Faes | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Christian Faes

Despite the brevity of this General Election campaign, neither of the major parties' respective campaigns have managed to keep voters focussed on their preferred policy issues. Instead, we have seen a bitter presidential-like campaign pitting leader against leader. Whatever your allegiance, it's hard to think of a more divisive and personal contest in recent British history.

Theresa May's Police Cuts Are Dangerous

Bob Morgan | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

I saw and experienced the damage caused by cutting back on community policing - it causes real harm and fear and means that policing changes from the officer you know and who knows you and your community being replaced by officers you don't know turning up when things go wrong.

Yazidi Villages Have Been Liberated, But The Community Still Needs International Support

Louisa de Albuquerque | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK
Louisa de Albuquerque

There is simply not enough qualified help and resource in the region to deal with the needs of those who have survived sexual torture and significant trauma. Yazidis have been victims of extremists for centuries and don't feel safe.

Don't Leave Children In Care Behind

Javed Khan | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

The number of young people in care in the UK has soared to a 30 year high of 94,396 - that's 145 for every MP in the House of Commons. Of course, that rise means the number leaving care is also increasing, many of them having faced unimaginable trauma including abuse and neglect.

The Promise - And Dawn - Of GovTech

Shantanu Bhagwat | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Shantanu Bhagwat

Why does it matter? It matters because GovTech has the potential to fundamentally transform government and public services and shake up the usually passive relationship between citizens and public authorities. GovTech can help public services become what they should be: agile, responsive and flexible.

The Decline Of Democracy - Why Smart People Don't Vote

Ravi Lakhani | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ravi Lakhani

I'm not saying its pointless, just that it doesn't do what you think it does. It only serves you as a comfort pill, a badge of participation and feeling like one is being represented. We're taught in classrooms that democracy brings freedom and progress; but as long as democracy is limited just to voting, it will remain a means of wielding power and keeping control, scarily akin to Orwell's 1984.

Lies, Damned Lies, And Party Manifesto Promises

Paul Marshall | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Marshall

To use a well-worn cliche, even more well-worn than the suit Michael Foot used to sport, you can trust a politician about as far as you can throw them.

How Can Ransomware Attacks Like WannaCry Be Prevented?

Nick Morris | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Morris

This is not said by way of criticism, but rather to acknowledge the challenge inherent within security innovation. Companies and governments can't afford to expose their digital security set-up, but must somehow find a way to embrace new innovations or the hackers will, inevitably, find a way through.

A Summer Of Discontent

Janet Davies | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

safety. However it is those very concerns that are now taking our focus towards industrial action. The current conditions are driving people out of the profession and putting new people off joining - and patients simply won't get the care they deserve from a workforce that is short on numbers

We Need Action On Mental Health, Not More Sound Bites

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The civil rights campaigner and poet Maya Angelou once said her mission was to thrive, not just survive. Like Angelou, we all want full and rewarding lives. Yet too many of us are struggling on a daily basis just to keep ourselves together emotionally.

Much More Action Is Needed To Solve The Children's Mental Health Crisis

Javed Khan | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

With children's mental health problems on the rise, it's clear that young people who are suffering need our support more than ever. Health professio...

Time For Parties To Commit To Social Care

Richard Kramer | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

In the run up to the general election, we urge all political parties to commit to addressing the mounting issues facing social care, so we can work towards a sector that enshrines high quality, person-centred care for everyone who needs it now and long into the future.

Are Care Vouchers The Answer To The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Care vouchers would not support integration and would make paying for care even more complex than it currently is. It's not the long-term solution that older and disabled people and their families desperately need.

I Worry That The General Election Could Mean Thousands Of Voices Will Be Ignored By Government

Adam Shaw | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Shaw

When the snap General Election was announced in April it was greeted by many with mixed emotions for all types of reasons. For me, it made me worry that the voice of thousands of mental health campaigners might be ignored by the government.

Let's Talk About Children In Care This General Election

Chloe Cockett | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

Children in care face bigger issues than the type of school they attend - their achievement, or lack of in comparison to their peers, is rooted in bigger issues, like moving to new houses on a regular basis, moving family, and moving school many more times than the average child.

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...