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“People are in fear”: mental health activists on benefit reforms

“People are in fear”: mental health activists on benefit reforms

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Imagine that you have both a mental health condition and a physical disability. With government reforms to the benefit system, you lost your claim to assistance. You can no longer afford food, travel, electricity or gas. Finally, one day, your power is cut off and you’re left sitting in the dark by yourself. One benefit claimant, who experienced this, felt so isolated, scared and stressed, that she attempted to take her own life. Many have had similar experiences. Up to 90 people a month die after being declared fit for work. Others are barely able to survive. Roy Bard from campaign group the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) described to Westminster World how disabled people are running short of money half a week before their next payment. “People are often going without electricit
Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

Animals, Culture, economy, Experience, Food, Health, Taste, trends, Uncategorized
It's official. UK lactose intolerants are cheering and hipsters are more mainstream than ever. Dairy-free milks have been added for the first time ever to the inflation basket. The results published by the Office for National Statistics included soya and almond milk to a list which the main purpose is to serve as a reference of the actual consumer trends. The Office and several analysts point out that this may have happened due to the recent growth of "free-from" diets such as Veganism. A new wave of millennials addicted to new trends and worried about their health have pushed these products up to the top of the list. Every day we see in supermarkets how new meat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free options appear on the shelves, on most occasions, at a high value. This can be explained as a
What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

What’s to blame for the NHS crisis?

Health, International, Medical, News, Politics, Uncategorized
People waiting in hospital corridors for hours on end, being sent home in taxis - the NHS is in crisis, but who's to blame? There is little agreement on the cause of the NHS' decline. On the one hand, the Daily Mail promotes the idea that immigrants are to blame. But protesters against cuts to the NHS and Labour politicians such as Clive Lewis, blame the Tories’ policies of austerity. Others, such as the GMB trade union worker, Gavin Davies, agree that immigrants are not to blame, but perceive the NHS crisis as a more nuanced problem. Right-wing news outlets such as The Daily Mail tend to point the finger at immigrants. One of their headlines proclaimed, “Sickly immigrants add 1 billion to NHS bill.” The Telegraph too has joined in the blame game, with stories such as one headlined, “N
EU citizens fear Brexit will “rip their lives and profession apart” amid the government’s immigration plans

EU citizens fear Brexit will “rip their lives and profession apart” amid the government’s immigration plans

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It’s been eight months since the Brexit vote and millions of EU citizens living in Britain remain concerned over their residency and working rights within the UK. EU citizen, Joan Pons Laplana, a Spanish nurse working in the NHS, and a father of two young children, said that his life has radically altered ever since the Brexit referendum. He told Westminster World that he fears his family and his nursing profession could be ripped apart by a ‘hard Brexit’ deal. The NHS employee and PFD (Personal, Fair, and Diverse NHS campaign) champion of 2014 said: “My future, as well as the future of my family, has been in constant limbo ever since Brexit. I fear that my family and I will end up living apart. We don’t know if we are able to remain in the UK or if we have to pay a fee or provide
Social media stampede following blunder for Best Picture at Oscars

Social media stampede following blunder for Best Picture at Oscars

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Fans flocked to social media this morning, after Moonlight was awarded the Best Picture award at the Oscars. Moonlight beat the frontrunner La La Land, to become the first film with an all black cast to win the prize. Online reaction has been mostly positive. One tweet read: “Moonlight is the first LGBTQ+ winner for Best Picture and the first film to win it with an all black cast. THIS IS JUSTICE.” Moonlight is the first LGBTQ+ winner for Best Picture and the first film to win it with an all black cast. THIS IS JUSTICE. pic.twitter.com/7GeAcpdEuE — ️ (@ButeraDemetria) February 27, 2017 My motto for the rest of 2017: #Oscars pic.twitter.com/0JVzsVE7rO — xoNecole (@xonecole) February 27, 2017 The film’s director, Barry Jenkins tweeted: “To hell with dreams. I’m done with i
Londoners react to Trump’s ban

Londoners react to Trump’s ban

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The decision to ban the entry of citizens from seven Islamic-majority nations into the US by President Donald Trump has caused anger within PM Theresa May's party. Although Ms May was the first foreign premier to secure a visit to the White House, the PM was criticised for failing to condemn the ban during her meeting with Trump. The Independent had also highlighted the insignificance of Ms May's visit who failed to make frontpage headlines in the US. The Prime Minister had recently returned from a two-day visit to the US. Iraqi-born Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi was vocal about the decision: I'm a British citizen & so proud to have been welcomed to this country. Sad to hear I'll be banned from the USA based on my country of birth — Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) January 28
Downing Street confirms US President State visit despite Anti-Trump Petition reaching over a million

Downing Street confirms US President State visit despite Anti-Trump Petition reaching over a million

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An online petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit  has been widely shared and reached over a million signatures over the past few days. The signatures started increasing rapidly after the US President's travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries came into effect over the weekend. On average, the petition is currently getting more than 600 signatures every minute. via GIPHY Prime Minister Theresa May announced the visit on her recent US trip, hours before the ban was signed. The petition says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” In London, young people who signed the pet
After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

International, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
“The 'Jungle' smelled of freshly baked bread and CS gas. I could not breathe and went down. An Afghan who was running in the same direction grabbed me and supported me to the back garden where there was a bit of air”, says Chiara Lauvergnac, one of the activists in Paris from London. In the final days of the Calais Jungle demolition, over 10,000 refugees were ordered to relocate in one week by riot police squads armed with flashballs, gas grenades, rubber bullets, automatic rifles, water cannons, armoured vehicles, truncheons and gas spray bottles. “Usually the camp got gassed towards the end of the day - you could climb the hill to try escape the gas clouds and watch the sunset from there, with gas grenades falling all around,” she continued. After the destruction of the camp, she says
ASOS to introduce 1,500 jobs despite exploitation accusations

ASOS to introduce 1,500 jobs despite exploitation accusations

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Online fashion retailer ASOS announced today that it will be introducing 1,500 jobs in the UK in the next three years despite recent accusations of workers’ exploitation. The announcement follows just days after trade union GMB protested outside ASOS’ London office against alleged ill treatment of warehouse staff in Yorkshire. In a statement to Westminster World today, the union comments that there are “seemingly huge differences between conditions for staff at London HQ and for Yorkshire workers” calling out on the online retailer for “ignoring” the “shocking” working conditions at its Barnsley warehouse. What has #ASOS got to hide? > Asos accused of underpaying new warehouse staff https://t.co/wDR6myl0HF — GMB Union (@GMB_union) December 2, 2016 .@GMB_union holds ‘c
Lost in Translation: Integrating migrant children in Britain

Lost in Translation: Integrating migrant children in Britain

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A recent government report delivered by Dame Louise Casey warned that ethnic segregation is increasing. This is affecting ethnic minorities and migrant communities across the UK.  Racial segregation and migrant exclusion are on the rise in Britain. Immigrants are now expected to adopt the English language and children to core British values at schools. According to the report, they are also expected to take an oath of allegiance setting out a "clear primary loyalty to this nation”. Despite the prominence of this issue, there is no common understanding of how integration should be defined and measured, especially in terms of children. At which point can an immigrant child be seen as 'integrated' into British society? What are the indicators showing how much people have adapted to l