Locking up children in the name of ‘charity’ is yet another reason why we must Kill the Bill

Protesters up and down the country have taken to the streets, and a broad-based coalition has come together to fight the Tory government’s proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. Groups have united against the authoritarian bill through which the Tories intend to crackdown on our right to protest, increase police powers, and criminalise Traveller communities and rough sleepers. However, one disturbing element of the bill seems to have gone under the radar – government plans for ‘secure schools’. Concerned by this, the Coalition for Anti-Racist Educators (CARE) took to social media to shed light on what the proposed draconian bill will mean for youth ‘justice’. The bill proposes to…

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Children’s charity under pressure for accepting JCB’s ‘dirty money’

Campaigners are calling on the the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to stop accepting money from British construction company JCB. JCB manufactures bulldozers used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian homes. The company is currently being investigated by a UK government body over whether it’s in breach of human rights guidelines. Demolitions of Palestinian homes and property are part of the Israeli state’s colonisation policy in Palestine, and are illegal under international law. New research by Shoal Collective shows that at least 160 children were made homeless by demolitions carried out by Israeli forces using JCB equipment during 2020. The research also…

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Animal charity which employs PM’s fiancee Carrie Symonds probed by regulator

An investigation has been launched by the Charity Commission into an animal conservation group which employs the prime minister’s fiancee Carrie Symonds amid “serious concerns” about its “governance and financial management”. Concerning The government watchdog has announced it began probing the Aspinall Foundation in July 2020 in relation to claims of “unauthorised trustee benefit” and whether trustees “have complied with and fulfilled their duties and responsibilities under charity law”. The Aspinall Foundation was founded in 1984 and runs breeding sanctuaries for endangered animals as well as operating the Howletts and Port Lympne animal parks in Kent, which were set up by gambling club host and animal enthusiast John…

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Hackney Council rejects petition from charity supporting Black domestic abuse survivors

On 27 January, Hackney council held a debate to discuss the future of Sistah Space. It’s a charity that works with Black women and girls who’re at risk of, or have experienced, domestic or sexual abuse. Most councillors voted against the charity’s request for the council to provide suitable, affordable premises. Save Sistah Space Sistah Space founder Ngozi Fulani brought a petition to a remote Hackney council meeting, asking councillors to provide suitable premises for the charity. The petition is supported by Hackney’s Green Party, Liberal Democrats, and Women’s Equality Party. And it calls for the council to provide a minimum five year lease for new premises, or provide a…

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Charity which supported Grenfell victims found to be ‘institutionally racist’

A charity which has supported Grenfell victims has been and remains institutionally racist, a review has found.WestwayThe Westway Trust has a “legacy of institutional racism” and has failed to “understand, identify and address racial disparity” over the years, a report by the Tutu Foundation concluded.The trust was set up almost 50 years ago to manage the 23 acres of land under the Westway – an overhead motorway – in west London with the aim of working to benefit the local community.The organisation commissioned the review in July 2018, acknowledging that “serious” allegations of institutional racism had been made over several decades. The Westway Trust was founded after the…

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Third of families on benefits will rely on charity food this Christmas – survey

More than a third of families on benefits will rely on food provided by charities this Christmas, research suggests.Cut back ChristmasA survey for Save the Children found that 37% of families receiving Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit will rely on food parcels or meals handed out by charities. Almost two-thirds (65%) say they will have to cut back on essentials like food and heating to cover the cost of Christmas.Half of the 1,000 families surveyed said they are worried about being able to afford presents for their children this year. This has left them feeling ashamed, depressed and like “failures as parents”, the survey found. Six in…

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Charity issues warning that fuel poverty will kill terminally ill people quicker this winter

Fuel poverty will kill people quicker this winter as terminally ill people struggle to afford to heat their homes, a charity has warned. At risk High energy bills, delays in accessing benefits, and the other costs associated with their illness are leaving terminally ill people struggling to afford their heating costs, said end of life charity Marie Curie. It warned the consequences of living in cold, damp housing could lead to new infections, make existing symptoms worse, affect mental wellbeing and in the worst cases even hasten death. In a report on 27 November, it said between 2014-2019 in England and Wales more than 19,100 excess winter deaths…

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‘Schools aren’t always able to support young people.’ Charity launches inquiry into mental health in education.

Mental health charity Mind has launched an inquiry into how secondary schools support young people with mental health problems. The inquiry, ‘Educating Mental Health’, encourages young people, parents, and staff to speak out about their experience with mental health support in schools. The charity warned that going back to school with little support could have serious long-term effects on young people’s mental health. Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, said: The pandemic has already had a devastating impact on the lives of millions of children in England and Wales. It’s good that for many, a return to school may mark something of a return to…

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