"Hold the Line!": Can Progressives Force Passage of $3.5T Package to Expand the Social Safety Net?

Progressives in the House of Representatives say they will oppose the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would seek a vote on the measure separately from the Build Back Better Act, the $3.5 trillion bill that expands the social safety net and combats the climate crisis. Conservative Democratic Senators Kyrsten …
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The campaign for social media ID is fundamentally flawed

Support us and go ad-free A petition urging the government to make verified ID a requirement for opening a social media account has gained over half a million signatures. Model Katie Price launched the petition in response to the abuse her son receives online. The government has provided a brief response suggesting they wouldn’t be …
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Social media firms give police details of racist posters targeting England stars

Support us and go ad-free Social media companies are handing police the details of accounts involved in racism towards England football players, with four arrests being made so far in connection with the abuse. An investigation is under way into posts published on Sunday following England’s defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final, which …
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New report says NHS and social care staff burnout at ’emergency’ level

NHS and social care staff burnout has reached an “emergency” level and poses a risk to the future of services, MPs have warned. Burned out In a highly critical report, the Health and Social Care Committee called for immediate action to support exhausted staff who have worked throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but pointed to …
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Social care reform measures not detailed in Queen’s Speech

The government has failed to detail long-promised proposals to reform social care in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May. This is despite criticism coming from care groups, charities, and politicians. Still nothing to announce Measures to address the long-standing issue of social care funding and reform were not included, but the Queen did say proposals …
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Doctors’ union urges government to tackle ‘unacceptable’ social inequalities

Doctors have urged the government to tackle social inequalities in the UK as a matter of “moral and economic” urgency. The British Medical Association (BMA) has said ministers must prioritise making the Universal Credit uplift permanent. It’s also called for investment in mental health and child support services as lockdown restrictions ease in the coming …
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Tories cover up ‘jaw-dropping’ cuts to health and social care spending when we need it most

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered this year’s much-anticipated budget on 3 March. Surprisingly – in a year in which Britain saw over 100,000 people die from coronavirus (Covid-19) – the chancellor didn’t mention plans for health and social care during his announcement. Meanwhile, Labour claims the government has quietly cut health and social care funding – a …
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A day of action against the DWP has put a spotlight on our broken social security system

Campaigners have thrust the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) into the spotlight again. Because on Saturday 6 February, Universal Credit was the subject of a day of online action. DWP and the Treasury: at war In April 2020, the DWP increased the rate of Universal Credit by around £20 a week. But ever since …
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British filmmaker Nick MacWilliam is releasing his film on Chile’s social uprising of 2019

Nick MacWilliam, in conjunction with Alborada Films, is releasing a new documentary this week, Santiago Rising. The film takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago, during the social protests of 2019. Demonstrations began when students jumped turnstiles, taking action at a hike in metro fares. This led to months of mass protests. The …
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A Brexit petition to protect bees just blew up on social media

A petition to do with post-Brexit changes in the UK has blown up on Twitter, and a phrase from it was trending on Sunday 10 January. “Stop the UK” was across people’s timelines. But “stop the UK” from what, you may ask? “Stop the UK” from… trending on Twitter? On 10 January, the phrase “Stop …
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