Government urged to scrap two-child limit benefits policy to tackle child poverty

Support us and go ad-free The government’s two-child limit benefits policy should be scrapped and families given more help if it is to tackle child poverty, a new report recommends. The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) is calling for a shake-up of the child welfare system and for extra funding to help disadvantaged pupils whose education …
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Ministers urged to keep measures beyond 19 July due to ‘alarming’ rise in cases

Support us and go ad-free Leading doctors are urging the government to keep some measures in place in England after 19 July in a bid to stem the rate of infection. Latest figures show that coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continue to rise at an ‘alarming’ rate. The call comes amid reports that ministers plan to drop …
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End Trans Detention: Biden Admin Urged to Release Trans & HIV+ Asylum Seekers After Deaths, Neglect

Ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant rights activists marched on the White House to call on the Biden administration to stop detaining trans asylum seekers, who often face severe abuse, discrimination and medical neglect in custody. Their actions included a service honoring and mourning the deaths of several trans …
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‘Eriksen was lucky, my son was not’ – PM urged to act on defibrillators

The father of a young boy who died following sudden cardiac arrest has stepped up his campaign for defibrillators to be installed in schools across the UK after one was used to save the life of Christian Eriksen. Universal safety Mark King, founder of the Oliver King Foundation, has written a public letter to the …
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Share coronavirus jabs with poorer nations to end variants threat, world leaders urged

Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines must be shared with poorer nations to prevent richer countries being hit by newly-imported deadly variants, world leaders have been told. We’re all in it together Global bodies – along with MPs and peers – warned of fresh lockdowns if people in developing nations do not get a huge increase in jabs. …
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People urged to protect butterflies this spring – and boost their mental health

People are being urged to take steps to help butterflies and moths this spring as part of a project which experts said could boost the mental health of those who take part. Boost The campaign by charity Butterfly Conservation to prevent further declines in species of butterflies and moths comes after research found last year’s …
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Stormont’s ministers are urged to speak out as loyalist rioting continues

Ministers in the Stormont Executive have been urged to speak with a united voice in condemning the ongoing British loyalist rioting in the north of Ireland. The call from the Police Federation, the body that represents rank and file officers, came ahead of a meeting of the north’s powersharing administration to discuss the escalating loyalist …
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Boris Johnson urged to share coronavirus vaccine with poorer nations instead of hoarding supplies

Boris Johnson is facing calls to immediately begin donating vaccines to poorer nations. He otherwise risks hoarding supplies while frontline workers are exposed to coronavirus (Covid-19). Health and development charities urged the prime minister on Sunday 28 March to take “accelerated action”. And they asked him to “swiftly clarify” how doses will be shared. Wellcome, …
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Mass slow handclap urged in protest over proposed 1% pay rise for NHS workers

The public is being urged to join a mass slow handclap against the Government’s proposed 1% rise for NHS staff. Unison said people should stand on their doorsteps and balconies to protest next Thursday (11 March) at 8pm to show what they think about the planned “derisory” wage increase. The gesture of support for NHS …
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Government urged to apologise for pushing fishing firms to the brink of ‘collapse’

The environment secretary has faced demands from Labour to apologise for pushing many fishing businesses to the brink of “collapse” via the government’s Brexit deal with the EU. So long Shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard added that the sector has “lost trust and confidence” in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Cabinet …
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