All articles by: James Douglas

Debt repayment problems on the rise

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New figures from the Money Advice Service show that in at least 10 areas of the UK more than a fifth of the residents are missing bill payments repeatedly, with …

Academy plans may founder

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

An academy trust which runs 21 schools pulled out in the first week of the new term, throwing doubt on the nationwide programme. Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) said it …

Call for more rights for mums and dads

Published: September 19, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A TUC report found that asking for family-friendly working patterns leads to low-paid mums and dads being penalised. Almost half (47%) of low-paid young mums and dads are struggling to …

Risks of poor quality work

Published: September 11, 2017
Written by James Douglas

People employed in low-paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed, a study by researchers from Manchester University found.

Kenyatta vows ‘fix’

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to abide by the decision of the Supreme Court which cancelled his victory in last month’s election and ordered a re-run within 60 days.

Fines up, cases down for HSE

Published: September 8, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The size of Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) fines is going up, but fewer cases are being taken, according to policy officer Hugh Robertson.

Wales undoes Tory legislation

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Trade unionists have welcomed the passing of a Welsh law which partially dismantles Tory anti-strike legislation passed just a year ago. The Senedd approved the Trade Union (Wales) Bill which …

Unions tepid over Taylor report

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Trade unions have given a muted welcome to the review of modern working practices headed by Matthew Taylor. The review proposed a new worker status of “dependent contractor”, which will …

China’s heir apparent in disgrace

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Chinese authorities are investigating a top politician previously regarded a contender for the highest ranks of the leadership. Sun Zhengcai (pictured) was the Communist Party chief of a major metropolis, …

Austerity may be a killer

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Rising rates of life expectancy are grinding to a halt after more than 100 years of continuous progress, according to University College London expert Sir Michael Marmot who said the …

Workers over 55 are worth billions

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New figures show that Britain’s economy could be boosted by £80 billion a year if the country employed as many older workers as Sweden. The UK ranked just 19th out …

More nurses quitting

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

More UK nurses and midwives are leaving the profession than joining it for first time since 2008. Numbers dropped by 1,783 to 690,773 in the year to March. The Nursing …

Kenya MPs face hefty pay cut

Published: July 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Kenyan MPs are to see their salaries cut by 15% as part of a drive to reduce public sector pay bills by 35%. The MPs’ $7,200 (£5,500) monthly pay will …

Wealth gap widens again

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Resolution Foundation has found that the UK’s wealth gap has been widening over the past decade, with the top one per cent, some 488,000 people, owning 14% of the …

Cuts will hit mental health care

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Government benefit cuts for over 230,000 people with mental health conditions will top £345 million. A new Freedom of Information response published by the Depart­ment of Work and Pensions revealed …

Language teaching divide

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The British Council has warned of a stark north-south divide in the teaching of modern languages in England. In some London boroughs, 75% of pupils take a language GCSE, while …

China: Dying campaigner freed

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been freed from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. The human rights campaigner was jailed in 2009 on …

Women win Glasgow pay fight

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Public services union UNISON has won an equal pay victory which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow. Women in Glasgow had been excluded from sizeable bonuses for many …

OU facing job cuts

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Open University has launched “a radical overhaul” which looks certain to result in staff job losses as it aims to save £100m from an annual budget of £420m, according …