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How Well Do You Want The Government To Know You?

Salvatore Sinno | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Tech
Salvatore Sinno

It is easy to see the benefits of biometrics as a supplement, and perhaps even a replacement, to traditional identification measures. Biometric factors of identity cannot be lost or forgotten, they are things that everyone carries around with them at all times

Time To Change - Men And Mental Health

Nicola Blackwood | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nicola Blackwood

Today's launch highlights that all men should have someone they feel comfortable talking about their feelings with and, where people need NHS help and support, this government is committed to delivering the highest quality mental healthcare.

I'm Proud Of One Day Without Us But More Work Needs To Be Done

Laura Abigail | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Laura Abigail

I am proud of the people across the country who decided to get involved in something like this for the first time, of the British born people people, migrants and refugees who organised events and activities across the country, and the people who came out to support them.

Government Plan To Prevent Child Obesity Is 'Severely Limited', Medical Experts Claim

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents

The government’s plan to prevent child obesity is “severely limited”, a team of experts has claimed in an article published in the British Medic...

Government Must Salvage Its Child Refugee Policy In Thursday's Debate

Lily Caprani | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Lily Caprani

With thousands of unaccompanied children alone, cold and in danger, the Government must also make arrangements to find unaccompanied children with family links in the UK and assist them through the process of being reunited with their families.

Teaching At Crisis Point

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Alex Muller-Nicholson

To feel that what you're doing each day for your pupils 'doesn't count' is arguably one of the most devastating things that a teacher has to carry home with them at night. Far heavier than the 60 literacy and numeracy books you've rammed into your bags for life that evening, and its a weight that cripples you with each passing day.

Time For Action To Solve The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is a crisis, that care is mass...

'We Are Facing A System In Denial': Hidden Homelessness In UK Is At Crisis Point

Seyi Obakin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Centrepoint's research shows that for each one of those young people we see on the streets, dozens more are sleeping on the sofas of extended family and friends and, in some cases, in the beds of strangers.

The Government's Right To Rent Scheme Encourages Racism

Chai Patel | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK
Chai Patel

Under such a system, which requires countless checks to be carried out every day by untrained and unpaid immigration enforcement draftees, ethnic minorities, those with foreign accents, and the millions of British citizens who do not own passports are all at risk.

America Challenged: Can Trump Do Democracy?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

The final test will come when Trump starts showing signs of not accepting defeat at the polls in four years' time, or tries to call into question the limit on presidential terms after eight years. Then latest, will we know who Trump really is - which could be too late. It's going to be a challenging and tough time.

Criminals In The UK Will Soon Be Found Guilty And Sentenced Through A Computer

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech

A government report has confirmed it plans to roll out a scheme that allows petty criminals to plead guilty online and then have their sentence handed...

Going Against The Grain With Manchester's Newest Law Centre

Frankie Leach | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Frankie Leach

After the hard work of countless activists across Greater Manchester, on the 11th of February, the doors will open to Greater Manchester's newest law ...

Where Is Theresa May's Government Heading On Domestic Policy? (And Why It Matters)

Dan Corry | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Business leaders, charity bosses, council leaders and chief executives want to understand where the government of the day is heading. For some, knowi...

It's Time To Make 'Take Back Control' Actually Mean Something

Katie Ghose | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Politics
Katie Ghose

We're done quibbling over the 'will of the people'; the goal now has to be fostering an engaged, active citizenry that can itself support and challenge Parliament and government.

2017 - A Crucial Year For Fostering

Kevin Williams | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Parents
Kevin Williams

This hampers the recruitment of new foster carers, and increases long-term societal and financial costs, so it is vital the committee, the stocktake, the root and branch review - every one of the UK's governments - considers these issues and addresses them urgently.

Do Any Political Parties Really Care About Young People?

Danny Angove | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Angove

Political parties have traditionally rarely cared about young people, because young people don't tend to vote. Why don't we vote? Well, that'll be because nobody's representing our interests, and nobody's representing our interests because there are no votes in it. It's a vicious cycle, and one that's not going to be halted unless something changes.

Letting Trump Visit Leaves Nowhere To Hide

Stephen Mayne | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Mayne

He can't let his defeat in the popular vote sit, picking at the wound endlessly. Let him come, and show he's welcome but his views aren't. There'll be no hiding place when everywhere he looks he finds anger, disgust, and dislike. After all, there's nothing a bully hates more than to be made small while everyone watches on.

Defensive, Who Me?

Christina Robert | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Robert

Between Brexit, Trump and the Oscars, there is a lot to think about these days. Top of my list is how do I deal with the fact that after years of working on my inner peace and unity conscience I discover that there are people out there I really want to punch in the nose?

Simply Opening Up Empty Buildings For The Homeless In Glasgow Will Not Do The Issue Justice

Harry Vizor | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Vizor

It only takes a short walk around Glasgow to see that homelessness is a serious issue in the city. While a 38 Degrees online petition to open the doors of empty buildings to homeless people is a good start, it is a drop in the ocean compared to what is really needed.

How Do We Make Our Politicians More Accountable?

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Malcolm Prowle

We have come a long way from King John in the 13th century but the world and its institutions of government are hugely more complex. Moreoever, changes are still taking place. It seems to me that there is a urgent need to consider this whole issue of accountability of the state to get a framework fit for the 21st century rather than relying on piecemeal actions in response to the latest scandal.

Should Council Tax Hikes Or National Taxation Fund Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

A new vision has to win popular support. Universality is key to ensuring buy-in from the whole population and to tackling the unpopular and fragmented local variations that currently exist. Universality is also critical to raising the status of care and caring, and the value placed on care.

Will Housing White Paper Make Downsizing A Positive Choice For Older Homeowners?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government's long-awaited white paper on housing - due to be published shortly - is widely expected to feature measures to promote downsizing by older homeowners. The proposals are predicted to include exemptions on stamp duty for older people moving to smaller properties, thereby freeing up larger homes for younger families as part of the answer to the housing crisis.

Donald Trump's Anti-Abortion Agenda Shows How Far Short The Women's March Fell

Harvey Hancock | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Harvey Hancock

Unfortunately, we just have to have faith that the new-look US government will do the right thing for all of us. Four days into his term at its helm, Donald Trump has already set out his stall - and we all know it isn't selling progressive politics. No amount of marching is going to cure that.

We Must Listen To Our Children In Care

Chloe Cockett | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

We certainly don't want to stand in the way of innovation or improvements to a system that should provide children in care with the childhood that they deserve. But until children in care and care leavers' voices are heard in this debate, none of us can say that we are putting children at the centre of decision making, or making law that is definitely in their best interests. We believe that the Government should pause the passing of the Children and Social Work Bill to allow for sufficient consultation with children and young people.

The School Gates Should Not Be A Border Checkpoint

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Classrooms should be safe havens. They are places of learning, discovery and newfound knowledge. The good ones embody other values too - inclusion, equality between students and the right to access education free of discrimination. But quietly at the end of last year the Department for Education moved to change all that. Without consultation, let alone a debate in the House of Commons, it demanded schools record the nationality and birthplace of every child.