Greta Thunberg issues a simple demand about how we tackle the climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has said the only way forward in the fight against climate change is to “treat the crisis like a crisis”. The Swedish climate and environmental activist was speaking ahead of the airing of the BBC series Greta Thunberg: A Year To Change The World, which follows her journey during a year off school in 2019 as she explores the science of global warming and challenges world leaders to take action. Over three episodes, the 18-year-old witnesses first-hand the consequences of climate change and also meets climate scientists and experts, among them naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. On Monday 12/4 9pm BST episode 1 of “A…

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Government ministers accused of failing to take steps to tackle sexual assault in schools

As an inquiry is launched into an increasing amount of sexual abuse allegations in schools, ministers are said to have ignored requests for greater monitoring powers. The Guardian reported that the chief inspector of Ofsted asked for more powers to check “potential safeguarding issues” in independent schools in 2018 and 2019. The requests were ignored. Since then, more than 14,000 allegations of sexual harassment and assault in schools and universities have been shared on the website Everyone’s Invited. There are stories from both private and state schools. Ofsted is heading an inquiry into how sexual harassment is dealt with by schools, as MPs said ministers hadn’t taken the issue…

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Secret Teacher | Schools urgently need funding to tackle the impact of a year of restrictions

Now that school life is getting back to some form of normality (whatever that is these days), we’re starting to see the serious effects of a year of restrictions on the children in school: emotional fragility, stability issues, and, of course, the social maladjustment as a result of the ‘bubble’ system. All of these are a potentially lethal cocktail for vulnerable children. The government has told us that it will do everything it can to get kids back on track –  mentally, physically, and academically. With large swathes of children coming back to school with seriously depleted writing/arithmetic skills, a noticeable decline in fitness, and lacking self-worth, it’s…

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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 months. More deaths because of health inequality Coronavirus (Covid-19) “exposed and exacerbated existing health inequity” in under-funded regions. This led to more deaths in these areas when coronavirus hit, according to the BMA’s report published on 25 March. The union represents doctors and medical students in the UK. It said “the nation’s health…

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US passes stimulus bill that puts UK efforts to tackle child poverty to shame

The US government has passed a £1.9tn coronavirus (Covid-19) recovery plan that has the potential to cut child poverty in the US in half. The American Rescue Plan, which passed through the senate without any Republican support, expands tax credits and food aid, with a particular focus on families. It is the largest aid package ever given in response to an economic crisis in the US. Signed by president Biden only a few weeks after the chancellor unveiled the UK’s budget for 2021, the stimulus bill throws new light onto British efforts to decrease poverty. The recovery plan The bill, in addition to relief measures already passed in…

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Nicola Surgeon vows to ‘tackle transphobia if it exists in my party’

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to tackle transphobia within the SNP if it exists, insisting she takes on “bigotry” whenever she encounters it. Broken promises? She was asked during First Minister’s Questions on 28 January whether her government has broken its promises to transgender and nonbinary people. It came after she tweeted a video message on the issue, following reports of significant numbers of people leaving the SNP because they do not consider it to be a safe and tolerant place for trans people. In the message posted on Wednesday evening, which she said was not scripted but “comes from my heart”, Sturgeon said she does not care if…

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Take it one day at a time to tackle lonely Covid Christmas, charities say

Charities are urging people anticipating a lonely festive period to “take it one day at a time”, in an effort to protect their mental health. Last-minute restrictions on social freedoms mean many of us will be facing the Christmas period without loved ones. London and parts of southern and eastern England were rushed into the new Tier 4 lockdown regime at the weekend. This effectively cancelled most Christmas plans, and imposed measures similar to the previous national lockdowns amid the rise of a new coronavirus mutant strain. Scotland and Northern Ireland have already announced new lockdowns from Boxing Day, while Wales’s tough restrictions will only be eased for…

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20 things the government must do to tackle structural racism and protect BAME communities from coronavirus

Baroness Doreen Lawrence has set out 20 recommendations for the government to protect those most at risk from coronavirus and tackle inequality in the longer term.Here are her recommendations from her review into the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities:Set out an urgent plan for tackling the disproportionate impact of Covid on BAME people this winter 2. Implement a national strategy to tackle health inequalities. 3. Suspend the “no recourse to public funds” rule during the pandemic and review its impact on public health and health inequalities.4. Ensure Covid-19 cases from the workplace are properly recorded by confirming that employers must report…

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Short, sharp lockdown considered to tackle virus in Wales

The Welsh government is looking “very carefully” at introducing a time-limited circuit-breaker lockdown in Wales, the first minister has confirmed. Mark Drakeford said the “short, sharp” lockdown could last for between two and three weeks, with a decision due to be announced on 19 October.The Welsh Labour leader also suggested Wales could introduce a new set of national restrictions after a successful reset of the virus, after warning around 2,500 people in the country are currently being infected every day. LockdownIt was also confirmed that a travel ban preventing people from areas of the UK with high levels of coronavirus from entering Wales will come into force from…

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WE WANT BEER! Burnham Tells Boris To BAN Alcohol Sales in Shops After 9pm To Tackle Sesh Gremlins

BONKERS Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has called on prime-minister Boris Johnson to BAN Alcohol Sales after 9pm in a bid to stop the post-10pm sesh at peoples houses as pubs are hit with a curfew.Thousands of rebellious Brits have vowed to defy Boris Johnson’s 10pm Curfew on Boozing and have been taking part in top-secret post-10pm Afterparties – with attendees pooling in to pay fines, showing Britain’s resolve and refusal to be cowed by the b*starding Corona restrictions curbung our civil liberties.Now Manchester fun sponge Andy Burnham – who’d never get an invite to a bougie socially distanced afters has said that Alcohol shouldn’t be sold in shops…

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