Posts for Politics

Free school meals: the lifelong impact of childhood food poverty

Marcus Rashford. EPA-EFE/Mike Hewitt/NMC/Pool Regina Keith, University of Westminster The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on household food security in the UK. Five million families have encountered food insecurity, and 200,000 children are missing meals every day. Despite a campaign led by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus […]

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Government backs Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

The Government is backing legislation for tougher prison times for those who cruelly mistreat animals, as plans to introduce more stringent sentences move a step closer today (Friday 23 October). The Bill, introduced in Parliament by Chris Loder MP in February, will see the most serious perpetrators of animal cruelty face […]

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Stamp duty cut helps house sales

There are lots of tales around Bude at the moment of houses going on the market and flying out, many under offer within a day or two of hitting the market. Good news for sellers. Nationally, after a 15.6% rise in August, residential property transactions in September rose a further […]

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Closing the mobile phone loophole

People using a hand-held mobile phone in all circumstances while driving will be breaking the law, under new government plans unveiled by Roads Minister Baroness Vere today (17 October 2020) to close a legislation loophole and improve road safety. It’s already a criminal offence to use a hand-held mobile phone […]

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How ‘hyperlocal’ journalism can restore trust in the media

Shutterstock/TeroVesalainen Una Murphy, Coventry University It is a critical time for public interest journalism. Trust in the mainstream media is a major problem as fake news spreads unabated on social networks. One of the key issues is the disappearance of local newspapers which could prove to be “catastrophic” for some […]

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Students targeted in HMRC tax scams

Students starting university this year are being warned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that they could be targeted by a fresh wave of tax scams. As new students start the academic year, they can be particularly vulnerable to cybercrime. With universities taking a blended approach to online and face-to-face […]

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Rental revaluation 2013

From the Valuation Office Agency: At revaluation, the Valuation Office Agency adjusts the rateable value of business properties to reflect changes in the property market. We are now contacting businesses to request rental information. This data helps us maintain up-to-date records which reflect how the value of the property you […]

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The UK’s new coronavirus restrictions explained by a public health expert

Andrew Lee, University of Sheffield A series of new measures has been announced to stem rising cases of coronavirus in the UK. People are again being encouraged to work from home if they can, while pubs and bars will be required to close at 10pm. Masks will be required for […]

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Bid to EU secures funds for UK

Oh, irony of ironies … The UK has secured £31 million in funding through the European Union’s mobility package to assist the UK’s coronavirus response. The UK’s successful bid was £31,024,734 (€34,047,679). This will fund some of the costs associated with the transporting of equipment and items of personal protective […]

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Money for social care sector in which 19,384 died of Covid-related illness Mar-Jun

About time, too, you may say. Care providers in England will benefit from over half a billion pounds extra funding to reduce COVID-19 transmission and help protect residents and staff throughout winter. The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with an extra […]

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