All articles by: James Douglas

Williamson quits Labour team

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Tribune columnist Chris Williamson has quit Labour’s frontbench as shadow fire minister, but promised to continue to “loyally support” Jeremy Corbyn as he announced his surprise decision to return to …

Uni chiefs will not set own salaries

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by James Douglas

University heads will be barred from being involved in setting their own salaries under a new code announced after claims of excessive pay for vice-chancellors. Senior pay should also not …

Homelessness a ‘national crisis’ say MPs

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Public Accounts Committee has branded homelessness across England a “national crisis” and reported an urgent need for a “joined-up strategy” to help people and address the causes. The MPs …

New leader for Chile

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Conservative billionaire and former president Sebastián Piñera has won Chile’s presidential election run-off. Left-winger Alejandro Guillier conceded after Piñera polled more than 54% and returned to power after a four-year …

Bonds a hit for Oxford

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Oxford University will raise a record £750m from its first bond issue in the most significant example so far of universities turning to the capital markets for investment rather than …

Venezuela parties banned from election

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ruled that the country’s main opposition parties are to be banned from taking part in next year’s presidential election. Only parties which took part in …

Parents get leave equality

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Financial services group Aviva has announced a new group-wide policy to offer men and women equal parental leave. Parents employed by Aviva will be eligible to the same amount of …

Poor have been hit hardest

Published: December 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says the poorest in society are being hit the hardest by changes to tax, social security and public spending reforms, and are set …

Uber loses tribunal case

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Taxi-hailing app firm Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed. Last year, a tribunal ruled that drivers James …

Poor mental health care costs billions

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Mental health problems are forcing thousands of people out of work, a government-commissioned report has found. Around 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their jobs each year …

Pay cap reduces spending

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The public sector pay cap has reduced spending power in England by £8.5 billion this year according to new analysis by the TUC. Since the pay caps began in 2010, …

Budget 2017: Growth to fall further

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been forced to admit that his 2017 forecast for economic growth had been slashed to 1.5% from the 2% he promised in his March Budget, and …

Concerns rise over Mugabe’s future influence

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Doubts over the new Zimbabwe regime’s commitment to democracy continued to grow after the Jesuit priest who helped negotiate Robert Mugabe’s resignation said the former president would continue to play …

Aid for Rohingya refugees

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by James Douglas

An extra £12m of UK aid will be sent to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the money will be spent on drinking …

News In Brief

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year, and will not stand for election to the Irish parliament (Dail) at …

Women face pregnancy discrimination at work

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The charity Maternity Action has exposed the harsh impact of unfair redundancies on pregnant women and new mothers. One in every 20 mothers are made redundant during pregnancy, mat­ernity leave …

Living Wage rates to rise

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

At least 150,000 UK workers are set for a pay rise as new rates for the real Living Wage rates have been revealed. The rate is to increase by 30p …

Women at most risk from workplace stress

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)hows that, for the second year running, cases of ill-health through work stress have risen and now stand at 526,000, almost …

Psychiatry vacancies crisis

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has revealed that one in 10 consultant psychiatrist roles is currently unfilled in the NHS in England, a shortfall which has doubled in the past …

News In Brief

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. The leak, …