London now has the worst gender pay gap in the UK, with the disparity widening for young women, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics. The capital had the narrowest gap in 1997 as women with full-time jobs earned 15.1 per cent less than men, but the needle barely moved two decades on as the gap is still at 14.6 percent in 2017. The trend for young women is particularly worrisome as it significantly rose from 1.1 per cent in 2011 to 5.5 per cent a mere six years later. Sam Smethers, chief executive of gender equality and women’s rights charity Fawcett Society, said: “The pay gap is widest for older women as it grows over our working lives but we are now seeing a widening of the pay gap for younger women too, which suggests we are going backwards and that is extre
One in five people in the UK, approximately 14 million people, are living in poverty, a study has revealed. Over 8 million working-age adults, 4 million children, and 1.9 million pensioners in the UK do not have the means to survive day-to-day life. The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examined poverty trends in the UK over the last two decades, including state support for families and people living on the brink. Working class adults make up the largest section inflicted by poverty. 47 per cent of UK workers spend more than a third of their income, including housing benefits, on rent and maintenance. More than a third of these have to supplement their income outside of immediate work in order to meet housing costs. Conditions are not better off for family units: p
Waste reduction charity Wrap is poised to launch an anti-food waste campaign focused on 18-34 year olds living in urban areas. Research shows that millennials are the generation that throws away most food. In the UK more than £13bn of edible food was thrown out in 2015 Photo: Wrap A Wrap spokesperson told Westminster World: "We will be using a targeted approach to reach the right people using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram – all channels we know are popular with our target audience. We’re advertising our content to ensure we really reach the right people and not just our existing fans and followers." Food waste is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after China and the US according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. Take #ClimateActio
Around 3.7 million workers live in poverty in the UK, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report. The research highlights an increasingly worrisome trend that employment is no longer a safety net from poverty. The research marked an alarming shift in UK poverty rates, where after two decades of decreases, in recent years trends have gone up with the number of people in poverty now at 14 million or over one in five of the population. The report also noted that nearly 400,000 more children and about 300,000 more pensioners are below the poverty line than in 2012-13. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the latest poverty numbers as a ‘national scandal’ and blamed Tory austerity for the ‘untold suffering’. “Tory austerity has caused untold suffering and pushed hundreds o
England Manager Gareth Southgate will not be sacked even if he lost all three games at next years World Cup according to FA Chief Martin Glenn. The 47-year-old who took over from Sam Allardyce scored high marks as he guided England to a successful World Cup qualification series where they finished as group leaders. The Three Lions are also housed in a favorable group that has Belgium, Tunisia, and first-timers Panama. "for the next few tournaments, he will be our manager and not just for the World Cup,” FA Chief Glenn Martin told the BBC. "We have a long-term plan. You've seen some of the fruits of it so far and we trust the manager so yeah he will be with us for long.” The former Crystal Palace midfielder signed a four-year contract with the English FA and has been hugely s
As early as 13 years old, Mhairi Potts-Wyatt from London had already contemplated taking her own life. She didn’t even know that was called ‘suicide’ at the time, nor did she understand she was battling depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But somehow, Potts-Wyatt made it to 21 years old. And she has a Facebook page to thank for it. The Artidote is a social media community founded on Facebook in 2015 by Jovanny Ferreyra. With close to two million followers, the page, as its name suggests, uses art as a means of healing and improving mental health. Each post features a piece of artwork coupled with a quote either from followers, someone anonymous, or a famous personality. Potts-Wyatt, who is in the process of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, jo
The 13th to the 17th November is Trustees’ week and whilst it’s a time for celebration and promotion of the work of charity trustees, research has also highlighted the low level of representation of young people on trustee boards. The Charity Commission’s report based on a review of all charities on its register as of February 2017 shows that less than one percent of charity trustees are young people, these 170 young trustees are defined as those aged 16 to 24 years old is a tiny amount of the 154,309 total charity trustees. There are calls for more charities to engage with young people who can provide a valuable contribution to their boards and can often represent a young persons and users perspective for charities were young people and youth issues are the focus. A spokesperso
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) blame the construction industry for a continued failure to take fire safety measures seriously, and say the "lack of competence" could lead to more incidents like the Grenfell Tower tragedy. As a renter, it can be difficult to spot major flaws in building design with an untrained eye. However, using information from the LFB, Westminster World has compiled a list of preventative measures you can take to increase your own safety in this infographic: If you spot any concerns, contact the Citizens Advice Bureau or your local authority. You can also visit the LFB website's pages for tenants and renting and sharing for more information. As the LFB has no legal power to approve or reject building designs, it is the responsibility of the construction industry t...
Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions. Musicians often wanted to change the world, from grime artists such as Stormzy to country bands like Dixie Chicks, many have believed in the political power of music. Dave Randall, musician and writer of Sound System: The Political Power of Music, uncovers the story of one musician’s discovery of what makes music so powerful. The book gives an insider view of the music industry and its influence on the culture of social change. It emphasizes the history of the social evolution of songs with political messages which has impacted communities in different forms. The evolution of hidden political messages embedded within music is carried forward in this book. Mark Radcliffe of BBC2 called the book "
Three decades have passed since the tragic Kings Cross fire, and Londoners came out to pay their respects. Saturday the 18th of November marked 30 years since a fire at Kings Cross station claimed the lives of 31 people and injured 100. Londoners gathered to pay their respect to those who lost their lives, including the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, representatives from TfL and London Fire Brigade. A short service was followed by a minute’s silence and wreaths were laid beneath the memorial plaque. Sadiq Khan tweeted about the memorial service Today at King's Cross station we came together to remember the 31 people including @LondonFire Officer Colin Townsley who died 30 years ago. pic.twitter.com/ADfr1nBFjs — Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) 18 November 2017 Mark Wild, the man