Posts for Society

Unaffordable housing – the private rented sector

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been researching private rental affordability – and really, affordable doesn’t come into it. The East Midlands and North West are the most affordable regions for lower income households. In London, only a household with a higher income would be able to rent a […]

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Joe Lycett draws attention to the cheap bodyboard problem

Joe Lycett’s ‘Got Your Back’ episode on cheap polystyrene bodyboards aired yesterday evening. The BAFTA-nominated consumer rights series with a comedy twist focused on how cheap bodyboards are discarded in coastal towns across the UK each year littering beaches and polluting the sea, and the filming took place in Bude earlier in summer. Keep Britain Tidy […]

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Highest ever number of drug-related deaths for Cornwall

Safer Cornwall is a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. The partnership has recently released a report on drug-related deaths in Cornwall. These increased in 2020 by 9 deaths to 40 (+22.5% from 2019). This […]

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Universal Credit cut likely to push people into hardship

From Citizens Advice:   Citizens Advice has warned that 1.5 million working people on Universal Credit could be pushed into hardship this winter if their benefits are cut by £20 a week. ITV News recently noted that the number of people claiming Universal Credit and unemployment benefits in Cornwall has […]

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New appeal for funds for Bude Refugee Support Group

Following awful recent events in Afghanistan, Bude Refugee Support Group (BRSG) has begun a new appeal for funds to help with the resettlement of Afghan refugees in the South West. Their aim is to raise at least £10,000. Please help by setting up a direct debit or donate straight into […]

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More people affected by dementia in Cornwall can experience the joy of singing

  The Alzheimer’s Society’s Singing for the Brain initiative unites people affected by dementia – for which there are more than 10,000 living with the condition in Cornwall – through song.   People with dementia have been worst hit by coronavirus, with many people significantly deteriorating from the knock-on effects […]

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Citizens Advice warns of ‘perfect storm’ ahead

It looks like a tough autumn wit high petrol prices, energy price rises, Universal Credit cuts and the end of furlough (an expected rise in unemployment). New analysis from Citizens Advice shows how rising energy bills will coincide with Universal Credit cuts this autumn, creating a perfect storm for families. […]

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A safe and respectful summer, please

Let’s make it a safe and respectful summer. That’s the message from Devon & Cornwall Police. With the school holidays, and hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to our towns, resorts and coastal areas, times are a little trying. Many supermarkets are struggling with national supply chain issues, while places […]

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Most people believe ‘normal life’ is more than a year away

From the Office for National Statistics: Two-thirds (64%) of adults in Great Britain said they still plan to cover their faces in shops, following the lifting of most coronavirus legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021. The same percentage (64%) plan to wear masks on public transport, while 60% […]

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The ‘Sling Your Hook’ campaign against scammers

From Devon/Cornwall Police alerts:   There’s a lot to be said for using your intuition to avoid being scammed. Neighbourhood Watch organisation has looked at the psychology around why people fall victims to scams, to help people protect themselves against the huge number of scams that are happening every day. […]

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Should you leave your child home alone during school hols?

Info from NSPCC: With the school summer holidays fast approaching, parents often ask us about the appropriate age to allow children to stay home or out alone. Every child is different so there’s no one rule for all, but between work, appointments and other family commitments, it’s inevitable that there […]

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If it’s coming home, I’m having a day off …

Everyone is understandably very excited about this evening when England play Italy in the Euros final. All eyes are on Gareth Southgate’s team, and years of hope are injected into the great British public, even those who don’t normally much like football. It’s a coming together for national pride. Before […]

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Will you continue to wear a mask?

It looks as if mandatory Covid-19 restrictions are likely to end on 19th July, and people will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of others. Most of us will welcome some relaxation; however, as we all know, not everyone is responsible, as littering shows us. […]

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SW backs the call to Cure the Care System

More than 13,000 people across the South West have backed Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign calling on the government to Cure the Care System.   They were among 135,638 who signed a petition addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which was delivered yesterday (Thursday 1 July) to the Prime Minister.   It […]

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