In a recent FOI request by investigative bureau we gain some insight into local authority funding crisis. Since the fall of funding to local councils local authorities have had to find new ways to fund their needs. Before 2016 local authorities had to use money raised from selling public assets (known as capital receipts) to contribute towards debt. They were not able to use this money towards their general budget. However, in 2016 Chancellor George Osborne amended the rules to allow for ‘flexible use of capital assets.’ As a result, local councils began to sell public places such as libraries and community centres to use the capital towards their general budget. Consequently, local residents are left without community owned spaces and local jobs. Below are some staggering insi
In contrast with previous studies, the recent figures show that socio-economic factors are more relevant than biological ones Babies born from Pakistani and Black African parents had the highest infant mortality rates. Meanwhile, those from white mothers and fathers have the lowest in England and Wales, according to 2013 figures provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The white community (British and Irish) suffered only 2.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, the figure is quite different for other minorities. Pakistani babies had a mortality rate of 6.7, Black Caribbean of 6.6, and Black African of 6.3. These ethnic groups showed the most worrying probabilities of babies’ survival. The figures displayed a scary face of how inequality works even in t
There are almost 4 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United Kingdom, according to the last figures released by NHS Digital and Diabetes UK. Even though medical techniques are improving, the number of diabetes cases is strongly increasing. Diabetes UK predicted in its reports that if nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes by 2025. The last statistics include men and women who are over 17 years old and have type 1 or 2 diabetes. England is the area with the biggest percentage of people suffering from this disease among the UK, in this country the number has increased by almost one million in just 7 years. Even though type 2 diabetes is the most frequent in adults, a great percentage of children seem to suffer from type 1 diab...
Children and young adult’s book markets are increasing, and according to a Writers and Artists article by Chris Kloet, editor at Walker Books, around 10,000 new children’s titles are published in the UK every year, and there is also a current vogue for “young adult” novels. But can this be only attributed to the children and teenagers’ reading habits? Siobhan Curham, author and writing coach, said: “Young adult books blur the line between children’s and adult books because there is a big cross-over, with many adults reading them.” What distinguishes a children's and a young adult’s book? Joshua Cartwright, who works for Wealdstone Library and also is a writer of children's books, defined it as “books with stories or information which is understandable by the age group that they a
Recent figures show the number of schoolchildren with part-time jobs has fallen by a fifth in the past five years with the demand to put more effort to succeed in schools. The Freedom of Information (FOI) suggests that to hire staff under the age of 16, the employers need to apply for a license. According to latest findings there has been a massive drop with the number of permits issued from 2012 up to 2016, showing a steady decline. The current data published by the FOI shows a drop from 29,498 in 2012 to 23,071 issued in 2016. Dr Angus Holford from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex said to the BBC that: “Teens are being told evermore that you need to get good GCSEs and A-levels to get a good job in the long term.” Photo Credits: RAF Milden
The countdown to Christmas is in full swing as the world's largest Hamleys toy parade took place on Sunday 19th November 2017 in Regent Street. The Christmas Toy Parade attracted over 800,000 Londoners and even tourists that have come from around the world to enjoy and even take part in this annual parade. Why is this event so important? Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world selling more than 50,000 toys in the flagship store. By 1837 Hamleys was a London landmark and the toy store moved to its current site on Regent Street in 1881. Regent Street was transformed into a festive wonderland as it featured a marching cast of over 300 children's characters including Scooby Doo, Buddy the Elf, Sonic the Hedgehog and Peppa Pig. There were entertainers da...
This Christmas, the UK charity ‘Help Refugees’ along with Creative Collective Glimpse, have teamed up together to open ‘Choose Love’. This shop makes its mark by becoming the very first store, where customers can buy real gifts for refugees.The store which is located in Soho is inspired by the iconic slogan Choose Love that was designed for Help Refugees by Katharine Hamnett. It opened on the 24th of November. Choose Love is seen as a learning space of customers who come in, to get to informed about the refugee crisis, and at the same time doing something to help and support the cause. From the beginning until the end, the items displayed are themed around different stages of a refugee’s journey. Though the pieces that are placed, the shop intends to narrate a story from their perspect
Regulators have sent letters to more than 450 online gambling sites to immediately amend or remove advertisements appealing to children. William Hill and Bet365 are few to be named. The joint letter sent by the Gambling Commission, the Advertising Standards Authority, the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Remote Gambling Association said the companies needed to advertise responsibly. The Regulators said its “unacceptable” to exploit children by advertising brightly colored and appealing cartoon characters. Tim Miller, executive director at Gambling Commission said new technology created “opportunities but also new risks”. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachaspathy Fluffy Favorites, Pirate Princess, Piggy Payout, Jack and the Beanstalk are the few prominent ones. Even though some