Fact Check: would banning zero-hours contracts harm more people than it would help?

Jason Heyes, University of Sheffield So while Matthew’s report is clear that many workers value the flexibility that zero-hours contracts offer them, and that banning such contracts altogether would harm more people than it would help, it is important that we continue to ensure that employers do not use these […]

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Did you know that dementia is fatal?

My mother, 89, died in May from advanced dementia and diabetes mellitus, two diseases with often fatal outcomes of which people seem unaware. Yet, new research has revealed that 38% of the UK population are most concerned about developing dementia in the future. The recent YouGov survey, commissioned by award […]

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Well, Kirsty, mine is in the shed!

Domestic appliance repair company Go-Assist.co.uk has asked 2,000 British men and women where their washing machine is kept.  The question comes just days after property presenter Kirstie Allsopp caused a heated debate on Twitter when responding to a post from an American journalist confused with the location of this appliance in some […]

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What to look for when choosing a good care home

How to identify a good care home. via shutterstock.com Claire Goodman, University of Hertfordshire Although four out of five adult care homes in England evaluated in a recent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) were found to provide good care, it is the shocking reports of resident abuse, medication […]

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Women’s Euro 2017 football preview – all you need to know

Helen Owton, The Open University As the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup draws towards its conclusion, the summer of women’s sport takes to the football pitch with the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 competition getting underway on July 16. It will be the 12th women’s Euro tournament and is hosted by […]

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The real reason you can’t quit Facebook? Maybe it’s because you can judge your friends

Shutterstock Philip Seargeant, The Open University and Caroline Tagg, The Open University Facebook recently announced that it now has over 2 billion monthly users. This makes its “population” larger than that of China, the US, Mexico and Japan combined. Its popularity, and with it the influence it has in society, […]

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