Housing crisis sees English councils ‘spending five times more on B&Bs’

Support us and go ad-free Councils in England are spending five times more on housing homeless people in B&Bs than they were a decade ago, analysis of official figures shows. Housing needed A rising number of homeless people are being placed into bed and breakfast accommodation due to a shortage of suitable housing, the Local …
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UK foreign policy link to nine times increase in asylum queues

Support us and go ad-free UK asylum queues have grown massively since 2010. New figures obtained by the Refugee Council say that waiting lists are nine times longer than they were a decade ago. But a quick look at where asylum seekers are coming from tells a very important story. Thousands are fleeing countries where …
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Biden’s DOJ Vows to Stop Spying on Journalists Months After Placing Gag Order on New York Times

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: I’m Amy Goodman. This is Democracy Now! We turn now to look at a fight over press freedom. The New York Times has revealed shocking details about an unsuccessful attempt by the Trump administration — and then the Biden administration …
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All the times Marcus Rashford did the government’s job for them

Earlier this week, Marcus Rashford topped the Sunday Times giving list due to his donations to food poverty and community charities. In conjunction with FareShare, he has donated £20m – more than his own wealth of £16m. He is the youngest person ever to top the list. This adds to a year of work advocating …
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This vile article in the Times shows us why we must unite to stamp out anti-GRT racism

On 15 May, the Times published an openly racist article by former Tory MP Matthew Parris. In the shocking article, Parris calls for the systematic eradication of the Traveller way of life, and the removal of the community’s rights as an ethnic minority group. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community members, campaigners, and allies took …
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Sunday Times editor insults the Welsh language while enjoying their hospitality

On 3 April, the Sunday Times travel editor Duncan Craig wrote about his cycling trip through Brecon Beacons in the south of Wales. Craig said he was trying to “burn off some lockdown pounds in the ‘cycling hub’ of Wales”. He was a guest of Discover Carmarthenshire. He was open about his own cycling limitations, …
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Police five times more likely to use force against Black people

Support us and go ad-free Police 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 …
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Healthcare workers ‘seven times more likely to get severe Covid’

Healthcare workers have a seven-fold increased risk of getting severe coronavirus (Covid-19), a new study suggests. Researchers said social care and transport staff have also got an increased risk. Risk The new study, published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, examined data from the UK Biobank and Public Health England. Researchers found that of …
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Low paid over 20 times more likely to be furloughed on reduced pay

The UK’s worst-paid workers were more than 20 times more likely to be furloughed on reduced pay than the highest earners, data has shown. More than half – 51.7% – of workers who were usually paid less than £8.72 per hour were furloughed with a pay cut, compared with 2.5% of those earning more than …
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Activists think stopping one coal mine is the fight of our times. This is why you should care

If you’re not Australian, you may not have heard of one of the most controversial coal mines in the world. The Carmichael mega-mine is set to devastate what’s left of the fragile Great Barrier Reef, as well as destroy First Nations Australians’ ancestral lands. It’s going to contribute massively to global warming, and will cause …
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