2019 has been the second year that all companies and charities in Britain with more than 250 employees - covering almost half the country's workforce - have had to report their gender pay gap to the Government Equalities Office (GEO). 1.How does it work? Employers must submit an assessment of the gap between what man and women earn on average amongst their personnel. The deadline for reporting these numbers each year is 31st March for public sector organisations and 5th April for businesses and charities. All companies must report the differences between salaries and bonus of employees from both genders on a mean and median hourly basis. 2.What surprises did we get? The Fawcett Society, the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women's rights, has defi...
London has been notorious for being an expensive city to live in – the cost of housing has hit the roof and student accommodation becoming more expensive – the youth in London are at crossroads over the sudden boom in prices. In an effort to stabilise the real estate market, London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan has agreed to another London MP that it is the need of the hour to adopt “a strategic approach to rent stabilisation and control” in order to combat the housing crisis. London has also been facing a homelessness crisis, which has been further amplified by Section 21, a law in which landlords can evict tenants after a fixed term ends or during a tenancy with no fixed end date or ‘periodic tenancy’ as it is known. The section has faced a lot of flak as it allows ‘no fault’ evictions which
Monday, December 10 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and with it a chance to celebrate the advancements made because of the landmark document. Many took to social media on Monday, sharing photos, videos and threads reflecting on how far we’ve come in the area of human rights, as well as the ways in people’s rights are still violated today. The History of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights The document was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948, in the aftermath of both world wars. The Universal Declaration marked the first time that nations came together and agreed on a comprehensive set of absolute human rights. The declaration encompassed rights which the diverse council who drafted it believed each
The Anglo-Portuguese relations have always been strong, from Vauxhall's tube station all the way to Stockwell, you find yourself in the heart of Portuguese restaurants, hairdressers and delicatessens - which have gathered here over the last 30 years, earning the area its nickname - 'Little Portugal'. London attracts young people of working age from abroad, particularly those countries that were affected by the Eurozone crisis. With the influx of arrivals in search of employment, or studies, it's little wonder Brexit is causing so much debate. Goncalo Correia, 23 years old, currently living in the so called "Little Portugal" - has dreamed about his time in London since he was a child and is now afraid of what might happen. Marta Ramos, a 32 year old portuguese, came to Vauxhall in 20
The Brexit vote is being delayed. This came one day before the Commons vote on the Brexit’s deal was supposed to happen, and just minutes after Prime Minister’s spokesperson said the vote would go ahead. Although there is no official confirmation yet, social media users immediately started to react to this news. Jeremy Corbyn was one of the firsts to react to the possible delay. He said: “the Government has decided Theresa May’s Brexit deal is so disastrous that it has taken the desperate step of delaying its own vote at the eleventh hour.” The Government has decided Theresa May's Brexit deal is so disastrous that it has taken the desperate step of delaying its own vote at the eleventh hour. pic.twitter.com/3aO2QsM4W2 — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) 10 December 2018 &n
The new Mayor’s project could impose different regulations to limit and cap the private rent prices in the English capital. The Mayor of London wants to introduce more control on private rent in London, as its prices are increasing year by year. The first London Living Rent homes launched this week: find out more about my plans to help Londoners who rent https://t.co/7JImy2VvIv — Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) 4 May 2017 The weekly average private rent has risen by 39 pounds from 2008 to 2017, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government, while outside London this cost has stayed stable. Khan’s “London Model”, which will be published in spring 2019, will contain the changes in how to supervise the private rent in London. This
‘We are the last generation that can stop climate change’- UN Summit The world’s leaders have gathered for a Conference of Parties (CoP) to hold talks on measures to combat climate change at Katowice, Poland on 3 December 2018. With the recent wildfires at California and floods in Asia and Africa, the debate for climate change has intensified and has brought into attention over Donald Trump withdrawing his country from the International Paris Climate Agreement which is crucial to efforts in combating this change. There has, however, been backlash over the conference being held at Poland, a coal-friendly country. Recognising the much-needed efforts that are required by governments, the World Bank has announced that they intend to double their funding to £200 billion for developi
Young People with disabilities are struggling to enjoy simple services such as dining in a restaurant. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, charities and organization are trying to raise awareness of the rights of disabled around the world, yet young people with disabilities are more likely to face daily life challenges and are less likely to enjoy many essential services as simple as dining in a restaurant, shopping or traveling. Fleur Perry, 25, said: “I have been refused service in a restaurant, patronized by till staff, and asked to email ahead by a cinema, I feel there is more to be done to make sure disabled people are included by the leisure industry." She also added: “I face a lot of difficulties to access transport, flying is something I ju
Girls are facing sexual comments on the streets. What is being done to protect them? School girls have expressed concern about how catcalling and other forms of street harassment make them feel ashamed and self-conscious of their bodies. Others mentioned how these episodes compromise their freedom, as they are afraid to do certain things, like go out at night or walk alone at a certain hour. A recent survey conducted by Plan International UK and Opinium Research, amongst a representative sample of 1,004 girls between 14 to 21 years old in the UK, found out that 66 per cent of girls between that age have experienced unwanted sexual attention or harassment in a public space. What statistics say about street harassment? The survey also concluded that, every month,...
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The naturalist, Sir David Attenbourough, is the latest celebrity to call for immediate action on climate change. Sir David Attenborough | by Foreign and Commonwealth Office Attenborough spoke at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks opened in the Polish city of Katowice on December 3, and claims that climate change is humanity's greatest threat in thousands of years. He is acting as a link between the public and policy-makers at the meeting. Sir David believes that we are facing a “man-made disaster” of global scale. He said: “Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend is in your hands.” "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural wo