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Flood victims relying on charities for immediate financial help

Flood victims relying on charities for immediate financial help

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Local authorities and central government are falling short on immediate financial support to assist those affected by the floods in Cumbria. The Cumbria Community Foundation has highlighted the need for an immediate injection of cash for flood victims, to purchase basic items such as clothing, food and fresh water. Cumbria is the UK's worst-affected county after Storm Desmond hit on Saturday. The Foundation has started it's own flood appeal to raise £1 million for those affected by the floods; it expects to hit the £300,000 mark by the end of the day. Speaking exclusively to Westminster World, Communications Officer for the Cumbria Community Foundation, Annalee Holliday, said she believes they are currently the only source of immediate financial help, and highlighted what the fund

Government to ease the requirements of owning a property

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Picture Credit: Wikipedia The government expects an expansion to the shared-ownership scheme, which will benefit 175,000 citizens from owning their own houses. David Cameron said extra 175,000 aspiring homeowners will be created by an expansion to shared ownership. The government announced the shared ownership scheme will be re-invented to allow more people to part buy and part rent properties. Anyone earning below £90,000 in London, and £80,000 in England will be allowed to own property, as the expansion to the house ownership will be enforced from April next year. The government will lose the restrictions on the ownership. “Because it has been heavily restricted, many people have missed out”, David Cameron said. The new scheme is expected to cover a wider range of people from
France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

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French leftist parties must prove that they can provide a viable alternative to the National Front, according to an EU delegate. This comes immediately after the party's record breaking majority in the 1st round of the country’s regional elections. Achieving almost 30% of the vote, and coming top in six out of 12 regions, Marine Le Pen’s socially conservative and eurosceptic party has steadily been rising in the polls for months. These results come just weeks after the November Paris terrorist attacks, during which 130 people died at the hand of ISIS perpetrators. Following the release of the results on Sunday evening Le Pen’s niece and member of the French Parliament, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, gave a triumphant speech on France 3 Provence-Alpes. She asserted that the FN were now

#YouAintNoMuslimBruv… Hashtag Activism, yay or nay?

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A commuter was stabbed in the throat by a young man at Leytontone Tube Station, December 5th, Saturday night. In a video taken by a witness, one can hear a man calling out to the attacker saying "You ain't no muslim bruv... you ain't no muslim." This statement has since become a major trending topic on twitter. People from all over the world have voiced their support by using the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv as way to unite against the negativity muslims face on the daily thanks to the attacks by ISIS. Hashtags, which were initially used to spread information in a categorical manner, have now become a useful way to get your voice heard in the digital world.   Popular Social Awareness Hashtags Major social protests worldwide have occurred thanks to the p
Drop in number of adoptions leads to stagnation of entire process

Drop in number of adoptions leads to stagnation of entire process

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The falling number of adoption placements has resulted in a dramatic “slowdown” of the adoption process, according to leading adoption charities. Government's assessment of this drop in the number of children placed for adoption will be questioned by Baroness Oona King in the House of Lords on Tuesday. First4Adoption spokesperson Chris Burton told Westminster World that several adoption agencies in the country have temporarily suspended recruiting adopters for younger children. Agencies are now starting to close their doors to new inquiries, confirmed chief executive of Adoption UK, Hugh Thornberry. “The adoption sector is caught between seeing the highest numbers of children entering the care system in 30 years and perversely, a huge reduction in the number of adoption decisio
Britain needs a new ‘kindertransport’ to save child refugees

Britain needs a new ‘kindertransport’ to save child refugees

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Britain needs to bring unaccompanied child refugees in Europe to safety like it did before World War II, said Save the Children. This message is echoed by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron in his Private Members Bill. On Tuesday Farron will urge government to support his bill and programme to take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea, who have been displaced by conflict. “If the UK government will step up and accept just 3,000 of these children, who have been processed by UNHCR and have been confirmed as having no identifiable family, then we can go on to press the rest of Europe, and indeed the world’s, governments to do the same,” Farron wrote in a statement. Referring to the 10,000 Jewish children Britain rescued from Nazi Germany
Labour’s Dawn Butler defends tuition fee cut

Labour’s Dawn Butler defends tuition fee cut

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Labour’s initiative to reduce tuition fees might not be sufficient for university students. Sonal Gupta reports Labour has said it will reduce the tuition fees for university students from £9, 000 to £6,000 should it win the May election. It will reduce average graduate debt by nearly £9,000. However, there have been on-going debates on the benefits of tuition fee reduction on the future students. According to the reports some students believe that the reduction is not completely sufficient to help them pursue higher education. Some also believe that 16 and 17 year olds are  young and unaware to understand the significance of the policy.     Speaking to Westminster World prospective Parliamentary candidate for Labour in Brent Central, Dawn Butler says that the
Million Women Rise March addresses the issue of violence against women

Million Women Rise March addresses the issue of violence against women

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Violence against women is still an ongoing issue in today’s world. On March 7th from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, over 3,000 women from all over the country took part in the annual Million Women Rise march in hopes of promoting awareness that women are still being abused. By Tara Mearsheimer and Qiwei Wang Founded by Sabrina Qureshi, the march highlights the main issues women face and how very little is done to address these problems. “With the decimation of the women’s voluntary sector, many of us already feel that we don’t have much more to lose. But we won’t be silenced. We become diamonds under the pressure; we don't break and we will continue to protest peacefully,” says Sabrina. Femi Otitoju, presenter of MWR explains what the group does in order to inspire women. “These w
Cycling activists perform a ‘die-in’ on Regent Street

Cycling activists perform a ‘die-in’ on Regent Street

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Cycling activist group Stop Killing Cyclists protested by lying on the street with their bikes, in Regents Street in remembrance of Michael Mason, 70, an experienced cyclist, who was killed last year. Words, images & video: Tanya Geddes Subeditor: Di Bai / Hussein Abdel Fattah The die-in was held in conjunction with the Cyclist’s Defence Fund, a charity, that deals with cycling issues and the law. In January 2015, 13 cyclists died according to road.cc. This has prompted Donnachadh McCarthy, co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists to “prompt for a justice, police systems and a road investment system that is human and respects human lives. Then, we can transform London into a city we can be proud of”. Anna Tatton-Brown, daughter of killed cyclist Michael Mason, 70, says
Is competitiveness going too far at Crufts?

Is competitiveness going too far at Crufts?

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Three year old Irish setter Jagger died 28 hours after competing in the Crufts show. Allegedly the dog ingested beef laced with poison. Reporter: Amie Filcher Sub-editor: Steff Humm Jagger’s owner, Dee Milligan-Bott claims he was poisoned "while on his bench" at the show. The Telegraph later reported that a total of six dogs were allegedly poisoned at the show. The Kennel Club, organisers of Crufts says they have received no official reports of the suspected six dogs claimed to have fallen sick whilst at Crufts. Furthermore, the dogs in question remain unnamed with unidentified owners and it is unclear whether they even attended the Crufts show. When asking for further comment, a representative of the Kennel club tells Westminster World online: “Only in one case where a dog was s