All articles by: James Douglas

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 …

Food banks still growing

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New research that highlights the rapid growth of charity food provision in austerity Britain showed that there are at least 2,000 food banks operating in the UK, giving out emergency …

Poor fear tuition fees

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New research has confirmed that students from poorer families are more likely to be deterred from university by tuition fee debt. A study by the UCL Institute of Education compared …

Union membership falls again

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The overall membership of trade unions fell last year, and, allied with a growth in employment, union density also dropped again. The key findings in the annual survey published by …

Norway to ban veil in some sectors

Published: June 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Norway is to ban the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing, the first Scandinavian country to do so, in nurseries, schools and universities. Most parties support the government …

Election countdown

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott withdrew from the campaign two days before polling on grounds of ill health. Ms Abbott, who had been ruthlessly targeted by the Tories as one …

The lady’s for turning as the gap narrows

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell slammed the Tories for failing to provide full costings for their manifesto which will have a negative impact on millions. Their plans to limit the number …

Hospital ‘fixed’ figures

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Thousands of patients were removed from a hos­pital’s waiting lists in a bid to “fiddle” the system. Many of Kettering General Hospital patients waited a year or more for operations …

NHS faces ageing workforce

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has found that challenges posed by the ageing population are not exclusively borne by the younger generation. IES research associate Jamie Cotton said that …

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 …