Lockdown loneliness led to an increase in anxiety and depression in people over 50

Older people’s mental health declined during the Covid-19 lockdowns as their loneliness contributed to a rise in anxiety and depression, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Exeter and King’s College London studied data from more than 3,000 people aged over 50. They said loneliness emerged as a key factor linked to worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. And a decrease in physical activity since the start of the pandemic was also associated with worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. Women were also more likely to be struggling with their mental health, as were retired people. ‘A huge issue in society’ Dr Byron Creese at the…

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Nearly nine million people borrowed more cash due to pandemic

Nearly nine million people in Great Britain had to borrow more money because of the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, published on Thursday, showed that 17% of adults reported borrowing money in December 2020 compared to 11% at the end of June.It also showed that the proportion of people borrowing more than £1,000 had increased from 35% to 45% during the same period. Nearly 9 million people had to borrow more money because of the #coronavirus pandemic by December 2020. The proportion that had borrowed £1000 or more also increased from 35% to 45% since June https://t.co/9TKCQ39J0o pic.twitter.com/ULMa0KfBDz — Office for National…

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Contrary to what you might have read, many people in Cornwall oppose the G7

It’s recently been reported in the mainstream media that the G7 summit will be held in Cornwall this June. The G7 leaders – of UK, US, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, and Japan –  will be hosted at the four-star Carbis Bay hotel, complete with spa and beach access. Rooms cost up to £2,500. Media reports have, so far, uncritically focussed on how great the summit will be for Cornwall. But many local residents are angry that the summit has been dumped on their doorstep. Inequality The summit will be held just a mile away from St. Ives. Parts of St. Ives have the highest rate of child poverty…

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ACLU Warns a Domestic War on Terror Could Unfairly Harm People of Color More Than White Supremacists

Outrage continues to build as more evidence emerges about participants in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which included members of violent white supremacist groups, including some who were on a terror watchlist. Leading Democrats, including President-elect Joe Biden, have called for new domestic terror laws to crack down on white supremacist violence, but civil liberties groups warn that law enforcement agencies already have the powers they need to disrupt violent far-right groups and that new domestic terrorism laws will ultimately harm marginalized groups. “We cannot find our solutions in systems that ultimately harm us, particularly Black and Brown people,” says Manar Waheed, senior legislative and…

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People are urging MPs to stop ‘putting the NHS under threat’

Campaigners are urging MPs to “protect our NHS” from trade deals that could leave it “on the table”. Ahead of a House of Commons vote on the Trade Bill, campaign group We Own It is encouraging MPs and members of the public to show their public support for the NHS. The campaign aims to motivate MPs to vote for an amendment intended to protect the NHS in deals with other countries: Our NHS needs to be defended and expanded. The Tories’ Trade Bill puts that under threat. That’s why MPs must back the NHS protection amendment. I’m nominating @HackneyAbbott & @AngelaRayner to pass on the message.#NHSProtectionNow💙 pic.twitter.com/06n8zEcyej —…

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‘People need to be prepared for the worst’ as fake eviction ban weakens renters’ rights

Last week, many UK mainstream media outlets toed the government line and reported that an ‘eviction-ban’ would be extended until mid-February. But campaigners have called the ban a ‘hoax’. In fact the government’s announcement actually weakens protections for many renters. From 11 January, landlords are allowed to evict people who have fallen into more than six months rent arrears. Alva Gotby, a renter and an organiser with the London Renters Union, said on Friday 8 January: The Government has sneaked out this desperately cruel legislation on a Friday night. Clearly they’re ashamed – and they should be. If people are forced out of their homes, the virus will…

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People are outraged at Keir Starmer’s lockdown response

Members of the public have expressed their frustration with Keir Starmer’s failure to advocate for increased safety net measures in the new lockdown. On the evening of 4 January, the Labour leader appeared on BBC News and was asked whether Labour thought there was a “notable absence” from the government’s lockdown measures. Starmer replied: Not an absence. I think the most important thing is the messaging about ‘stay at home’ and going back to the spirit of March, because a lot is now going to depend on the willingness of people to comply, and I urge everybody to comply with the package that the prime minister has just outlined,…

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“This Is How Black People Get Killed”: Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: As the United States reports world record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that’s ravaged the country this year has shone stark new light on racism in medical care. We begin with a now-viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore and posted to her Facebook earlier this month, in which she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis who did not respond to her pleas for care despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself.…

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Police five times more likely to use force against Black people

Support us and go ad-freePolice use force against Black people at a rate “five times higher” than against white people, according to an official report.Black people were also “involved in proportionally more incidents” involving the use of weapons, like Tasers, and firearms, according to Home Office data. Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott tweeted:  Shocking new figures about disproportionate use of force against black people by the police. Yet senior figures like Cressida Dick insist there is no institutional racism #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/eThNiB1SR0 — Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) December 17, 2020The report, which looked at use of force incidents by police in England and Wales in the year to…

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