All articles by: Ian Hernon

Westminster Watch

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Perhaps the most damning verdict of the year on Theresa May’s administration came in Alan Milburn’s resignation letter when standing down as head of the Social Mobility Commission because there …

Severe teacher shortages

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Official figures show a failure to attract a fifth of the trainee teachers the government says are needed for secondary schools in England. The Department for Education revealed that only …

Care homes overcharging

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

An official review has found that care homes have been applying unfair charges and over-the-top fees for self-funders. The Competition and Market Authority saidd that some homes had applied large …

Tanzanian president pardons rapists

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Children’s rights activists have condemned the pardon of two child rapists by Tanzanian president John Magufuli (pictured) in an independence day speech. Kate McAlpine, director of Arusha-based Community for Children …

‘Tough decisions’ over NHS services

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

NHS managers have warned that several services could be scaled back and waiting times increased dramatically unless the health service gets another cash injection. NHS England has agreed to ring-fence, …

Children and pensioners face increasing poverty

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

An additional 700,000 UK children and pensioners have fallen into relative poverty – households with less than 60% the median income – over the past four years, the Joseph Rowntree …

Westminster Watch

Published: December 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Few issues are raised more times in Parliament than the ongoing social care crisis. According to the Hansard number-crunchers, between 1997 and 2007 it was mentioned 5,500 times, and between …

Childcare rollout delayed again

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Plans for the full rollout of tax-free childcare in the UK have been delayed until March 2018 – five years after it was first announced – while parents grapple with …

Kids must get help before abuse gets worse

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Charities have reported that children facing abuse and neglect in England increasingly get help from local councils only when their problems reach crisis point, and services which intervene early to …

General to run oil in Venezuela

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has appointed a military general to head the state oil company, PDVSA, and the country’s energy ministry. He said that Major General Manuel Quevedo (pictured) would …

Budget 2017: People face ‘misery’, says Corbyn

Published: November 23, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Jeremy Corbyn warned that the Budget will “unravel” within days as the implications of continuing austerity will cause “misery” for people across the country. The Labour leader attacked the government’s …

Film: When Uncle Joe had to go

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Death of Stalin Director: Armando Iannucci As a long-time correspondent in the House of Commons, I couldn’t stand Yes, Minister, because I could spot the flaws, exacerbated by the …

Budget pressure rises over lifting pay cap

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A pre-Budget battle is underway as Tribune went to press over moves to loosen the pay cap for teachers and nurses. Chancellor Philip Hammond insisted at a Cabinet sub-committee that …

LGA calls for more leisure funding

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Local Government Association has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to commit £400m in his upcoming Budget to upgrade and renovate leisure facilities. It argued that the cash is crucial to …

Westminster Watch

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

A close contact (OK, a daughter) asked me after the downfall of Priti Patel: “Is this the worst government ever?” Well, ‘ever’ is a big word, and the tenures of …

Westminster Watch

Published: November 5, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With at least half the Tory party demanding his head over his attitude to Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond is letting it be known that his upcoming Budget is to be …

Banks facing SA fraud probe

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Chancellor Philip Hammond has privately asked financial regulators and the Serious Fraud Office to review whether banks HSBC and Standard Chartered are linked to a corruption scandal in South Africa. …

Women and older workers stuck in low pay

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Social Mobility Commission has found that low pay is endemic in the UK and there has been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly …