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Government Ministers Urged To Calculate How Much Longer They'll Be Around For

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Government ministers should estimate how much time they have left, say pensioners. A pensioners spokesman told HuffPost UK Comedy that experts coul...

Watch Out For The 'Killer Shrimp'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Live something from an old B-movie, alien species such as "killer shrimp" and zebra mussels are invading Britain at a rate never seen before. The E...

Parallels From A Victorious Weekend, Thoughts on Hillsborough From 9 Year Old Me; To A Policeman's Lie..(A Poem For Hillsborough)

Karl Davis | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Sport
Karl Davis

My heart is still beating hard following Liverpool's dramatic win on Sunday over Manchester City. Many have pointed to the strange parallels between y...

We Need to Talk About the Right to Buy

David Orr | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
David Orr

The housing market is fundamentally different to that of 1980. But was Right to Buy a good thing, and is it a useful measure now?

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

The Documents That Show Our Government Caved in to Corporate Lobbying

Peter Frankental | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Frankental

Are there any principles that the UK government is willing to stand up for in the face of business lobbying? Apparently not, if documents released through a Freedom of Information request are anything to go by.

On the Brink of a Revolution in Social Entrepreneurship

Helen Stephenson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Stephenson

Social enterprise - sustainable businesses that exist for more than simply profit - is not a new concept, but their recent growth is. There are now 180,000 social enterprises in the UK and sector contributes at least £55bn to the economy.

Independence vs. Oil-Dependence: The Scottish Referendum

Peter Rolton | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

With so many separate points of uncertainty surrounding the concept of an independent Scotland, it is incredibly difficult to picture what it might look like should the nation vote 'Yes' on 18th September.

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

One Year On From Reorganisation, We Are Further Away From Parity Than Ever Before

Luciana Berger | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Thanks to Labour peers, one good thing to come out of the Health and Social Care Act was the commitment to parity of esteem between physical and mental health. Despite paying lip-service to the idea, ministers have done nothing to make it a reality. One year on from the reorganisation we are further away from parity than before.

Learning Through Play Is Vital to Help Children Prepare for Life Challenges

Liz Bayram | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Bayram

We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.

Financial Regulators Must Show They Mean Business

Richard Lloyd | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Richard Lloyd

If the industry doesn't get things right they only need to look to other failing markets to see what might be in store. With the referral of the energy market to the competition commission last week, Which? wants wider recognition that radical action is needed when competition is failing and markets aren't working for consumers.

Tories Back Full Employment - But Have No Idea How to Get There

Nick Stephenson | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

This devotion to support for the rich rather than the poor, and the decision to prioritise their interests at the expense of those lower down, is unlikely to bring the jobs he desires the in-work prosperity so needed by the majority.

Tackle Energy Skills Gap Now or Face a Dark Future

Chris Jones | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

If we don't act now to get more young people skilled, the UK could face, quite literally, a very dark future.

Prevention - The First Line of Defence Against Human Trafficking

Caroline Robinson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Robinson

FLEX and others working in the field of human trafficking, support strong efforts to tackle this crime. However, too often politicians and activists eager to abolish 'modern day slavery' demonstrate a desire to 'unchain' or save victims from their enslavement, that focuses on the end point, rather than the beginning of the trafficking process.

The Welfare Cap Will Leave Many Disabled People Fearful for Their Future

Sue Brown | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sue Brown

All too often disabled people are being hit the hardest by this Government's spending cuts. Many disabled people are struggling to make ends meet as they face long delays for assessment for PIP, have been hit by the bedroom tax and experience cuts to social care. In reality, the only way to keep spending below the newly announced welfare cap will be to restrict benefits for this same group.

Why Nick Clegg Is Right on Drug Policy

John Collins | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Collins

Nick Clegg's timely recent intervention on the failures of the global war on drugs, and advocacy of an alternative strategy, is an important call to arms that other political leaders should heed.

Tony Benn's Funeral: The Conflict Between Politicians' Words of Praise and Everyday Actions

Matt Hawkins | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

It can sometimes stick in the throat to hear these politicians eulogising about "honour" when they seem so short of it themselves... Nick Clegg praised Tony Benn for being a "fervent defender of what he believed in", seemingly forgetting his own paltry commitment to defend students from a hike in tuition fees.

What I Might Have Said If I Had Been on Newsnight...

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The Muslim community is far from perfect, but our misrepresentation as ‎squabbling men who need reforming through those who have themselves rejected the faith is ‎palpably absurd. Who speaks for Muslims? How about the myriad Muslims doing the hard graft on ‎the ground.‎

The Budget 2014: Key Points

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Comedy

Miss George Osborne's budget? Don't worry - here's a summary of the main points: (By David Schneider and David Beresford) ...

What England Can Learn From the Dutch About Water Management

Julian Hunt | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

Increasing evidence and scientific analysis is showing why these events are associated with human induced climate change. The related impacts are becoming more widespread and complex, affecting society from health issues to agriculture, from transportation to economics, and becoming more severe, long-lasting and costly with increasing frequency.

Universal Jobmatch Farce Shows Coalition Doesn't Understand the Real Cost of Cuts

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The government is planning to end its Universal Jobmatch contract early with the scheme descending into farce. Signing up to the site is a condition of receiving Jobseeker's Allowance for most unemployed people, who have been forced to use it under threat of losing their benefits...

The Real Truth About Lobbying

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Those of us who are proud to be professional lobbyists believe strongly that our industry needs to be transparent, and open to informed and intelligent scrutiny. But I'm not sure that is quite what Tamasin and Andy have achieved in their article...

Do We Have the Political Will to Fight Climate Change?

Dave Broadway | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Broadway

Looks like if we want to fight climate change it will be without the current bag of politicians, we may have to do it for ourselves!

We Need to Care About Children in Care

Adam Afriyie | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

One in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. But while so many people brave these painful experiences, they remain one of the most difficult things to talk about in public...