All articles by: James Douglas

Drug firms ‘profiteering’

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The European Commission has launched an investigation into claims that drug company Aspen Pharma excessively increased prices of five life-saving cancer medicines, including chlorambucil and busulfan used to treat leukaemia. …

Families find it harder to own homes

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Resolution Foundation (RF) has found that home ownership for young families has halved in West Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester since the 1990s. The latest figures, showing a widening of …

Poor will suffer from Tory cuts

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has forecast that proposed Tory benefit cuts will “significantly” reduce the incomes of low-income working-age households, particularly those with children, in some cases to the …

Kent fails poorer pupils

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new study has found that the odds are loaded against children from disadvantaged back­grounds who apply for grammar schools in Kent. Entrance tests for the county’s grammars “understate the …

Single parents suffer sanctions

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The pressure group Gingerbread claims that ministers are systematically underestimating the risk of sanctions to single parents. Researchers for the organisation scrutinised the government’s ongoing commitment to stringent “conditionality” in …

Wrong info on gender pay website

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has launched an online gender pay gap viewing service to enable the public to view information organisations have published so far to fulfil their gender …

Nurses to be consulted over strike

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Royal College of Nursing is assessing the mood for strike action in protest over pay. The largest nursing union is asking 270,000 members across the UK whether they want …

Leaseholders suffer ‘extortion’

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour has condemned “legalised extortion” after new  figures showed that there are now four million leasehold homes in England. Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said: “Home-owners who own their home …

Motability vehicles cut

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

More than 50,000 disabled people have had specially adapted vehicles taken away since changes to disability benefits in 2013. The Motability scheme entitles disabled people to lease a specially adapted …

Turkey votes for Christmas

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

President Recip Tayyip Erdo?an, as expected, won his battle to be granted sweeping new dictatorial powers, though only by a narrow margin. Afterwards, international monitors reported that Turkey’s referendum campaign …

Protestor dead in Venezuela unrest

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A teenage demonstrator was one of two killed during growing unrest in Venezuela, as the country’s political and economic crisis deepens. The 14-year-old boy and another protester were shot dead …

Abuse rises after Brexit vote

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A TUC-commissioned poll has found that over a third (34%) of black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following last June’s …

Male labourers at high risk of suicide

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that the risk of suicide among low skilled male labourers, particularly those working on construction, is much higher …

Cartes crisis worsens

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes sacked the interior minister and the chief of police after violent protests against a bill that would allow him to run for a second term in …

Gender plan required

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Women and Equalities Committee has reported that the Government must publish a plan on how it intends to achieve gender equality. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were …

FBI probes Russia link

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

FBI director James Comey has confirmed that his agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. Giving evidence to the congressional intelligence committee, he insisted there was …

Vatican admits Rwanda ‘sins’

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Pope Francis begged “God’s forgiveness” for the “sins and failings” of the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Rwandan genocide. Dozens of Catholic priests are believed to have …