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#HerVoice Panel Lead Debate on Gender-Based Violence

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Earlier this month, Snehalaya UK joined forces with British journalist and campaigner Jenn Selby to launch #HerVoice: an initiative which aims to ab...

Four Days of Hell

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.

Time to End the Autism Diagnosis Crisis

Mark Lever | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Mark Lever

I've been at The National Autistic Society (NAS) for over eight years now and I'm still taken aback when I hear just how difficult it is to get a diagnosis - the days, months and years of pain and distress families have to go through just to understand who they are and to have a chance of getting support.

That Manifesto: Time for NHS Reform?

Simon Fairweather | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

In an increasingly capitalist world it is easy to give in to temptation, however, that is neither the ethos nor the mandate of a socialist NHS. Before forcing through change let us talk yet perhaps more importantly; let us listen. Only then we can devise a strategy on how to deliver the future, together.

Seven Points for Ending Terrorism

William Barylo | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
William Barylo

The government has been doing wrong for more than 20 years with its confrontational policies; here are a modest collection of ideas inspired by field interviews and sociological observations:

The Government Are Destroying the Futures of Young People: we Cannot Suffer in Silence

Tom Bailey | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Bailey

In 2005, David Cameron was elected as leader of the Conservatives in the hope that his youthful and moderate image would appeal to younger voters. He ...

Sports Funding - Get Your Kit On Campaign

Adrian Christy | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Sport
Adrian Christy

Sport is important not just because it is good, but because it is good for society. Even if you aren't physically active, you feel the benefit of others who are - by paying less for the NHS, by having somewhere to drop your children at the weekend, by increasing our wealth as a country. In fact, spending on sport may be one of the best investments this government can make.

You shouldn't need a PhD to understand your home insurance

James Daley | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
James Daley

Terms and conditions are a necessary evil in today's complex world. As lovely it would be to have insurance policies without exclusions, and bank acco...

Here's How to Rise Up and Beat the Local Government Bullies

Grant Feller | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

Bullies get away with it because of bluster. Sometimes they're just the ones who shout loudest, whose size intimidates, whose refusal to budge an inch no matter how wrong they are pulverises the weaker into submission.

What the Dickens!: Left to Starve

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

It is essential that older people's nutritional needs are appropriately assessed and taken into account in any care plan. Only when health staff and carers ensure that older people have access at all times to the right food and drink alongside the appropriate help and support they require to go with it, will we see a much needed drop in these startling figures.

Miserable Children, Workforce Resilience and Why We Need Mindfulness In Schools

James Berry | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
James Berry

With more and more research showing that mental health is worsening in our schools and that this problem poses serious long-term costs of as much as £105billion a year, then now is the time to be innovative, look at what's working and act. It's time to start piloting mindfulness in our schools, and measure its success.

European Parliament Takes Big Step Towards Tackling Air Pollution, But the UK Government Is Taking Us Two Steps Back

Seb Dance | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK
Seb Dance

The current system isn't working and status quo is not an option. The government needs to stop being the mouthpiece of industry and get on with the job of protecting the British people. It's time to deal with this invisible killer once and for all.

UK Solar Subsidy Cuts: How to Kill an Industry

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Due to proposed subsidy cuts, the future for the UK's solar industry looks extremely dire. In other countries, the economics of solar energy is rapid...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Voluntary and Community Sector - A Movement for Change

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

"We must campaign for social justice, equality and a fairer society. We should not be intimidated by Government, our regulator, public sector funders ...

George Osborne Accused Of 'Unspeakable' Bullying Over Tax Credit Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.10.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been accused of “unspeakable” bullying over tax credit cuts by a peer. Crossbencher Baroness Meacher complained at the way s...

Shaker Aamer and Our Responsibility

Baroness Jones | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

We need to know exactly what the US government - and the UK government, which has been complicit in the 'rendering' of British and other nationals to Guantanamo - has done, so we can hold them to account. For all of us, the fight for justice for Shaker, his wife and children, is far from over.

Milly and the Decline in Social Care

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

Unless the social care funding position improves the future looks bleak for older people like Milly and hundreds of thousands like her. It also threatens to bring our hospitals to a grinding halt, because every day many older people are in hospital beds when really they are medically fit to go home, owing simply to a shortage of social care.

Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are Councils Meeting Their New Duties to Support Unpaid Carers?

Moira Fraser | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Imagine you're an unpaid carer. You look after a family member. You cook for them, clean their house, do the washing, and look after the finances. Done all that? Now repeat - only for yourself. In between those tasks you go out to work to pay the bills, make sure your children are ferried to and from school, and, occasionally, catch some shut eye.

Nobody in? Nobody out!

Joshua Virasami | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Photo: Chris Bethell | @CBethell_photo "This is what a border feels like!" was the chant echoing through the halls of the London Eurostar at Kings C...

International Students: Why The UK Is Failing And Must Change

Dan Baker, StudentUniverse | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Baker, StudentUniverse

In 2011-12, the UK attracted 435,235 international students; 70% of which were from outside of the European Union. This makes the UK the number two country globally for welcoming international students, and continues to keep the UK's educational institutions at the forefront of global knowledge and innovation.

Dignity, Humanity and Equality: Shaping Our Foreign Policy

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The progress on this front is slow but significant and there are many positive signs that we are moving towards an engaged and constructive dialogue on issues not to be taken lightly as the parliamentary vote on Swaziland's eligibility for the Economic Partnership Agreement nears. We will make every effort to sustain the momentum.

Why I'm Campaigning So No Police Widow Like Myself Is Left Behind

Cathryn Louise Hall | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Cathryn Louise Hall

Our mantra from day one of the campaign has been, "No police widow left behind," this now extends to widowers and civil partners; we will continue to campaign until we achieve parity with Northern Ireland and lifelong pensions for all police survivors.

The Civil Service in 2015 - In Seven Charts

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

A great deal has been written about diversity in the Civil Service in recent weeks (not least the Institute's own report on women and Whitehall since ...

Under 25 and Undervalued?

Abby McGrory | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abby McGrory

During the Conservative Party Conference this week, Government Minister Matthew Hancock stated that under 25s "are not as productive, on average" and so won't have the minimum wage rates raised for them. Speaking as an under 25 year old, I find the claim to be both infuriating and very disappointing...