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Wait times for A&E are at their worst

Wait times for A&E are at their worst

Breaking News, Health, News, NHS
NHS data revealed it's "on its knees" this winter as patients are facing the worst A&E waiting times in a decade. Every major A&E department failed to meet the target waiting time of four hours for the first time ever. Only 81.4 percent of patients were seen within the four-hour threshold, a record low against the national target of 95 percent. The NHS standard has not been met since July 2015. Made with Visme Infographic Maker Since the same month last year, the new NHS numbers revealed that major A&E departments have seen 5.2 percent increase in attendances, totalling 2,143,336 in November 2019. The 559,556 emergency admissions saw a 4.3 percent increase over the last 12 months. Knee and hip replacement waiting lists have soared, with a record breaking 4.45m patien...
Londoners can now learn how to act “effectively” in terror attacks

Londoners can now learn how to act “effectively” in terror attacks

Breaking News, crime, News, Terror
“It is never bad to be prepared for terrorism incidents.” In a bid to protect the UK from terrorism, police are encouraging the public to sign up to an online counter terrorism course. Any member of the public can become a 'CT citizen' through the ACT Awareness eLearning course, which was previously only available to those working in crowded places. The course takes about 45 minutes to complete, with only seven modules. Originally created in partnership with Marks & Spencer for their employees, the online lessons teach people how to spot potential terrorism behaviour and what to do in the event of an attack. In a statement, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security said: “The festive period is obviously a very busy
Are London Students Tactically Voting?

Are London Students Tactically Voting?

Audio, Breaking News, brexit, London, News, Opinion, ReportingWeek2, Student
Insight into whether or not London students will be tactically voting in the upcoming general election.With the election only three days away, politicians are scrambling to swing the undecided votes in their direction. Labour party member and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell took part in a Q&A this morning, stating that this election is “about saving the NHS”; whilst current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is visiting four Labour seats to project his trademark "Get Brexit Done" message.Despite the promising efforts from both parties, it seems that some younger individuals are choosing to vote against the Conservatives, rather than for Labour. This is called tactical voting and it’s the selection of a candidate that has a likely chance of unseating another, instead of wh
What is the gender pay gap?

What is the gender pay gap?

economy, Gender, News
With so much conversation about the pay gap in recent years, it can be tricky to decipher the facts and figures and know what it actually means for women in 2019. What does it mean? First, it’s important to note how the pay gap is defined. ONS measures the difference in percentage between men's and women’s median hourly earnings across all jobs in the UK. It is not comparing men and women doing the same job. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported in 2018 that the gender pay gap fell to 8.6 per cent among full-time employees in 2018. Among all employees, the gap is higher, however, at 17.9 per cent. This is largely due to the larger proportion of women in part-time jobs, which receive lower pay (“an average hourly rate is £9.36 compared with £14.31, excluding overtime, f
Period poverty: what is it and what’s being done about it?

Period poverty: what is it and what’s being done about it?

Data Journalism, Gender, Health
On the most basic level, period poverty is something experienced by women or girls who, due to financial limitations, cannot access sanitary products for their periods. While many take for granted the ability to purchase these products, many around the world put their lives on hold during menstruation or are forced to use other, sometimes unhygienic methods. Many see this as an issue affecting impoverished nations, however, this affects women across the UK as well. According to Plan International UK, 1 in 10 girls in the UK can't afford to buy sanitary products, and over 137,700 children have missed school in the UK because of this issue. Women at risk The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) most recent report on Persistent Poverty in the UK and EU, stated that 7.3 per c
“Little Portugal’s” views on Brexit

“Little Portugal’s” views on Brexit

Audio, brexit, Business, Culture, Explainers, International, May, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
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
UK economic slows, rising question of economic health after Brexit

UK economic slows, rising question of economic health after Brexit

Business, economy
After a growth over the summer, Britain’s economy lost its speed in three months to October, latest official data shows. According to the Office for National Statistics, GDP grows by 0.4 per cent from July to October, coming down from 0.6per cent, the rate of the third quarter of the year. In October, the GDP growth is 0.1 per cent. The increases are roughly flat in the three most recent month, August, September and October. “The latest data confirm that UK GDP growth is slowing after a strong performance in the middle of the year, and the risks appear to be to the downside ” Garry Young, head of macroeconomic modelling and forecasting at NIESR recommends. In this three months, services sector, with a 0.3 per cent growth, and construction sector are the main contributors to GD
Could cutting tuition fees keep you away from university at all?

Could cutting tuition fees keep you away from university at all?

Culture, Education, London, News, Student
Cutting tuition fees might not be a good idea for poorer students, the government’s new social mobility tsar has claimed.  Martina Milburn, the latest chair of the Social Mobility Commission, told The Observer: “Cutting fees will certainly help a certain sector. Whether it helps the right young people, I’m not convinced.” “There’s also evidence that if you remove tuition fees altogether, there would be a certain number of young people from particular backgrounds who wouldn’t be able to go to university at all – but if you restore something like the education maintenance allowance or a version of it, I think you would widen participation. That’s a personal view.” Last month a government proposal suggested that students in England should be offered 2-year fast track courses to c
Big Issue vendors hope contactless payment will bring social as well as financial inclusion

Big Issue vendors hope contactless payment will bring social as well as financial inclusion

Breaking News
With the rise of electronic payments across the UK and fewer people each month carrying cash on their person, public engagement with the homeless is lowest than it has ever been. Can contactless pay bring back the recognition Big Issue vendors are rapidly losing? The Big Issue has announced it will be trialling contactless payment systems in an effort to boost the income of its homeless vendors and mitigate the effects of a public consciousness that may be shifting away from the importance of giving to the homeless. The current affairs magazine has partnered with technology company iZettle for an 8-week trial across London, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham. If the plans are successful, they will be rolled out across the country. Buyers of the Big Issue will no longer ...
“Disgusting” office harassment: Ted Baker allegedly breaks the fantasy for fashion industry

“Disgusting” office harassment: Ted Baker allegedly breaks the fantasy for fashion industry

Breaking News, Business, Fashion, News, Social media
Staff working for the fashion brand, Ted Baker, have called an online petition to end the alleged harassment by the chief executive, Ray Kelvin, 62.  They argue that inappropriate behaviours such as “forced hugging” have become the workplace culture and human resources office left the harassment unchallenged.  The petition has been signed by more than 2,500 people, and everyone can sign it freely even if they work for other companies. As a result of that, shares in Ted Baker hit three-year low, falling almost 15 per cent by noon today.  “The owner regularly makes sexual innuendos at staff,” the petition claimed.  In response to this, the company said that “Ray greets many people he meets with a hug” and the practice was “absolutely not insisted upon.”  Ted Baker also add