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What The UK Can Do To Improve Our Work-Life Balance

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The way we live our working lives is never far from the spotlight, these days. A recent survey for Depression Awareness Week revealed that as many ...

The Myth of Increasing Aid

Harry Brown | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

After two years of declining world aid, last Tuesday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released new figures that demonstrated that aid had reached a record high in 2013 and increased by over 6.1%. In the face of what appears to be a gratifying headline, beneath the surface lies a far more depressing state of affairs.

Apple, Microsoft Hoard Cash - US Taxpayers Pay the Bill

Nick Mathiason | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Mathiason

In recent years, America's technology giants have increased profits to epic levels. So you'd think this good fortune would prove a boon to the fragile American economy. A river of tax dollars from America's cash-rich technology firms ought to contribute towards a significant reduction of the US $17.5trillion debt mountain. Only it hasn't quite worked out that way...

'Renzie', Italy's New Premier, Grabs the Reins - Can a Young Man Run a Country Dominated By the Old?

Marco Morosini | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Politics
Marco Morosini

With a new and disruptive coalescence of young voters on the rise, who fully oppose the iron grip of the elderly, the fragile and illusive reins of power may well slip from Renzi's grasp...

Is UK Strategy on Child Poverty Likely to Work in the Longer Term

Fiona Boyd | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Fiona Boyd

The launch of a new Child Poverty Strategy, by the coalition government has engaged the country in debate over the living standards of a significant m...

Tax Evasion: The Main Cause of Global Poverty

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

Just think, if the money lost to tax evasion was available for governments to allocate according to current spending patterns, the amount going towards health services could save an estimated 1.9 million children a year. That's approximately 21 fewer children dying in the time it took you to read this article.

'Breathtaking' EU Corruption Revealed In Shock Report

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics

The European Union loses about £100 billion each year due to a "breathtaking" level of corruption across Europe, according to a major new report by t...

‘Corporations Need To Stop Bribing Public Officials'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics

The fight against global corruption requires the same persistence from countries as combatting climate change, the head of the Organisation for Econom...

Careers and Carers: Would Some Stay at Home Mums Prefer to Work?

Vidhya Alakeson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Vidhya Alakeson

Despite significant investment in childcare over the last decade, two thirds of mums still find the high cost of childcare to be a barrier to work. For those who are in work, a lack of employer flexibility can also get in the way.

G4S Faces Probe Over 'Complicity' In Israel's Occupation

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

G4S could be investigated by international authorities amid allegations that it supplies Israel with security equipment for use at military checkpoint...

The Emotional Challenge of Expat Life

Karin Sieger | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often the issues of identity and loss become key, especially if expats frequently relocate to different countries and settings: Who am I? Where is home? How do others perceive me? Do I want to fit it, and how can I do that, without losing aspects of my identity, which are important to me?

Teaching to the Test, or Teaching for Success?

Chris Jones | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

At face value, the results of the OECD's PISA survey out this week are concerning. Overall the UK ranked 26th out of 65 countries. We were 26th for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science. The results have led to political bickering between the Coalition and Labour, each blaming the other for the UK's results.

To End Poverty We Need to Understand it Better

Intelligence Squared | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Intelligence Squared

Multidimensional poverty, as participatory work of late has shown, includes poor health, lack of education, inadequate living standards, environmental degradation, lack of income, gender discrimination, poor quality of work and violence. Ending $1.25/day poverty is unlikely to mean the end of these many overlapping disadvantages.

What Will It Take to End Poverty?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Intelligence Squared

Poverty has always been with humanity - even Jesus said that the poor would always be with us. Yet while nothing short of a miracle would have made poverty eradication possible 2,000 years ago - neither emperors nor kings had the knowledge or resources to do it - today, we have what it takes to tackle poverty.

Racism Here, Racism There, Here's Racism, There's Racism, Everywhere Racism

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Racism is a serious problem in Sweden, and the OECD survey proves this. But it's also a major problem in many other countries, and it's time that we look seriously at ourselves and think about what we mean by nationalism.

John Armitt - Remaking Education To Make Young People Work-Ready

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

The economy has changed beyond all description in recent years. Unfortunately schools and the university curricula haven't. This has caused massive ...

Still Running to Stand Still

Wendy Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

There's been confirmation once again this week - if confirmation were needed - that the UK has a problem with basic skills. The first round of the OEC...

'Shocking' Report Shows Young People's Skills Lowest In Developed World

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Significant action" needs to be taken as the UK's young people are falling behind the rest of the world in basic literacy and numeracy skills, it has...

Progress on Syria Is Vital but G20 Must Not Forget Longterm Crises

Christina Chang | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics
Christina Chang

In such a context, it would be wrong to suggest that those leaders should not make the space to work towards a solution for peace in Syria, but it is also right to remind them that it should not be used as an excuse to neglect the chronic problems of the global economy.

Our Students Face the Highest Student Loan Interest Rate in Western Europe

Josh White | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Josh White

The current situation means that UK students are agreeing to pay fees which they may never meet, on the basis that they agree to pay at a rate which, combined with income tax, means they may never pay off the capital on their loans.

Careful George, Your Opposition May Have Crumbled - But So Could Your Support

Asa Bennett | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Asa Bennett

George Osborne may be right to boast that opposition to what he's doing is "crumbling", after Ed Balls agreed to work within the coalition's spending limits. The Chancellor would enjoy further clout after the IMF and OECD rallied behind his deficit reduction plan. But such groups have tended to be rather fickle in their support for the Chancellor. Osborne should beware relying on fairweather friends as justification for his economic agenda, as they can easily turn against him.

Young People Are Spending Almost 2.5 YEARS Out Of Work

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK

Britain's young people are being starved of jobs and spending years not working at all, a major study has revealed. An average 15 to 19-year-old sp...

Foreigners More Likely To Be In Work Since Recession, Report Says

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

A major new study has sparked a furious debate by saying migrants are more likely to be in work since the financial crisis than men born in the countr...

Osborne In Calls For International Action Against Tax Avoidance

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Politics

George Osborne has renewed his call for international action in tackling tax avoidance and the so-called "profit shifting" by multinational giants as ...

Literacy Odds Are Stacked Against Poor Children

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The analysis of tests undertaken in 2009 has found that on average across OECD countries, disadvantaged students are twice as likely to be among the poorest performers in reading compared to better-off pupils.