‘Harrowing’ rise in child harm drives pleas for more funding

Support us and go ad-free Council-reported incidents of child harm increased by nearly a fifth over the last year, prompting calls for more funding for children’s services. The Local Government Association (LGA) found there were 536 notifications of child-related serious incidents during 2020/2021. This is a 19% increase from 2019/2020 Child death related notices also …
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From Fires to Floods to Sea Level Rise, Human-Induced Climate Crisis Is Severely Disrupting Earth

We continue to discuss the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which details the damage of climate change already underway around the world and warns that much worse is yet to come unless governments drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The report tallies the losses from human-induced climate change “in an absolutely scientifically verifiable …
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Nurses say 3% pay rise offer is a kick in the teeth

Support us and go ad-free Nurses have expressed their “utter dismay” at the government’s proposed 3% pay increase. And they’ve described the offer as “a big kick in the teeth”. NHS staff claim they’re dealing with a “massive haemorrhage” of workers following the pandemic and said the proposal was insulting. Protest Hundreds of medical workers, …
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The truth about the Tories’ NHS pay ‘rise’ was just exposed

Support us and go ad-free A trade union organisation has just exposed the Tories’ contentious pay rise for NHS workers for what it is: a pay cut. Because the meagre 3% the government is offering doesn’t make up for over a decade of pay freezes. NHS pay chaos This year, the Tory government has been …
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As infections rise, the Tories are calling it a ‘pingdemic’ and putting workers at risk

Support us and go ad-free The government has expanded its workplace testing programme to an initial 200 sites for frontline emergency services personnel. It comes amid criticism of the government’s self-isolation policy. While some are criticising that, however, others are criticising the framing of what’s being called the ‘pingdemic’. It’s not a #pingdemic, it’s a …
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Coronavirus patients in England hospitals rise 30% in a week

Support us and go ad-free The number of people in hospital with coronavirus (Covid-19) in England has risen to its highest level in four months, data shows. Latest figures from NHS England show that 4,401 hospital beds were occupied by confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday 23 July. That’s the highest level since 22 March. This …
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The Tories’ 3% NHS pay rise is even worse than it sounds

Support us and go ad-free NHS workers and unions have responded to the government’s confused, last-minute announcement of an “insulting” 3% pay rise with outrage. After inflation, the proposed pay ‘rise’ amounts to about 0.6%. The government has left many NHS staff – such as junior doctors – out of the proposed rise in pay. This …
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Health unions to consult over industrial action following insulting 3% pay rise

Support us and go ad-free Health unions are to consult their members regarding industrial action following the “insulting” 3% pay offer for England. Nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists and salaried GPs come under the new pay deal. Pat Cullen, interim general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said the 3% was far below what …
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Pressure builds on Boris Johnson to award long-awaited pay rise to NHS workers

Support us and go ad-free Pressure is increasing on the government to award a long-awaited pay rise for NHS workers​ before parliament breaks up for the summer recess next week. Unison said it’s now more than 100 days since the wage increase was due and almost a year since the union appealed to the prime …
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Domestic abuse concerns rise as England plays in Euro 2020

Support us and go ad-free A domestic abuse charity has urged victims to seek support as the England men’s football team progresses through Euro 2020. The Three Lions will take on underdogs Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 7 July. But concerns abound over the link between football matches and domestic violence. ‘We are here …
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