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Paul Ryan says Obama administration is ‘perpetuating poverty’

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NHS tax is floated by Liberal Democrats to fill £30bn hole

The policy could form one point of future agreement for a coalition with LabourAn NHS tax is being examined by the Liberal Democrats as a solution to the current crisis in funding for the health system. The plan is regarded by senior figures within the…
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It’s inhuman that prisoners are denied a vote

Offenders are still having the most basic of human rights withdrawn from themThough I have never yet spent time in prison, I know several people who have. Occasionally, these men have been moved to share some of the experiences they encountered when th…
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NHS manager redundancy payouts total £1.6bn since 2010

Latest accounts reveal more than 38,000 ‘exit packages’ agreed since reforms began, with some 4,000 later rehired

The cost of redundancy payments for NHS managers has hit almost £1.6bn since the coalition came to power and embarked on its sweeping reorganisation, according to the latest Department of Health accounts.

The total includes payouts to some 4,000 “revolving door” managers, who left after May 2010 with large payouts but have since returned either on full-time or part-time contracts.

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Posted in Andy Burnham, Health, Jeremy Hunt, Labour, NHS, Politics, Public finance, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Society, World news | Comments Off

My brother, the suicide bomber: why British men go to Syria

Waheed was an ordinary boy who played football and loved sci-fi movies. This year, he blew himself up in Aleppo. Abu Jamal left to join the jihadis. Tauqir is an aid worker who can never come home. This is the story of Britons risking their lives in Sy…
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Immigration MPs call for more action to stop sham marriage ‘industry’

Give registrars power to refuse to conduct suspected bogus weddings and ask embassies to issue warnings, says committee

Registrars should be given the power to refuse to conduct marriages they believe are bogus, MPs have said, in a warning that more needed to be done to counter what had become an immigration scam “industry”. The number of suspect couples being referred annually to the Home Office has more than doubled in three years to 2,135 and the true figure is almost certainly far higher due to under-reporting, the Commons home affairs committee said.

But registrars receive too little information from immigration officials about what action is being taken, leaving them obliged to officiate at ceremonies they believed to be fraudulent, and should be give more discretion to act unilaterally, it concluded.

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Posted in Immigration and asylum, Keith Vaz, Law, Politics, Prisons and probation, Society, UK criminal justice, UK news, World news | Comments Off

NHS treats mental health as ‘second-class service’

Shadow public health minister says figures show 67% of clinical commissioning groups spend less than 10% of budget on mental health servicesMany parts of the NHS spend as little as 6.6% of their budgets on mental health, even though conditions such as …
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Half of working mothers face discrimination at work, study finds

Workers more likely to be victimised in large companies, Broderick report says, while problem also affects 27% of fathers Continue reading…
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Isis orders all women and girls in Mosul to undergo FGM

UN says ‘fatwa’ issued by militant group in and around Iraqi city could affect 4 million Continue reading…
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