All articles by: James Douglas

Rethink sought on ‘Dubs’ cuts

Published: February 24, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The UK’s four children’s commissioners have written to the government asking for a rethink of a decision to end a scheme bringing in lone child refugees. Campaigners hoped 3,000 children …

‘Shocking waste’ of cuts

Published: February 24, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Surgeons at hospitals in England are being left “kicking their heels” because operations are being cancelled due to bed shortages. Royal College of Surgeons president Clare Marx said the “shocking …

Trump: The first ten days

Published: February 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

American journalist John Reed’s chronicle of the October 1917 Russian Revolution, Ten Days That Shook The World, is rightly regarded as a classic chronicle of epoch-making events. Whether Donald Trump’s …

Tribunal fees let bad bosses off the hook

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Punitive fees for employment tribunals are allowing bad bosses to get away with shocking treatment of workers. New regulations giving employment tribunals powers to fine rule-breaking employers for “aggravating factors” …

Housing conditions condemned by watchdog

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The home affairs select committee has warned that the current contract system for asylum accommodation isn’t working and major reforms are needed. The MPs branded the state of some units …

Assad killings exposed

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Amnesty International has reported that up to 13,000 people, most of them civilian opposition supporters, have been executed in secret at a prison in Syria. The human rights group alleged …

Stormont heads for snap poll

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Sinn Fein insisted that they will not replace Martin McGuinness after he resigned as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister, sparking an almost inevitable election to bring down the current Stormont …

Bosses hit the jackpot on January 4th

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Top executives will already have made more money by the first Wednesday of 2017 – 4 January – than the typical UK worker will earn all year. After just two …

Half of free schools fail pupils

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The government’s flagship free schools pro­gramme is in chaos, with 110 of them seeing thousands of children going to school in old office blocks, warehouses, former care homes and car …

Fabians call for alliance

Published: January 17, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Fabian Society claims that Labour is “too weak” to win a general election alone and should consider working with rival parties. General secretary Andrew Harrop said there had been …

Miners’ strike papers to be released

Published: December 18, 2016
Written by James Douglas

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed that files relating to the 1984 ‘Battle of Orgreave’ will be made public next year. In a letter to the home affairs select committee, …

Charges hit right to pursue tribunal cases

Published: November 22, 2016
Written by James Douglas

The TUC has condemned the huge cost of challenging employers at an industrial tribunal. The number of working people challenging discrimination or unfair treatment at work has fallen by 9,000 …

Patients’ records go missing

Published: November 22, 2016
Written by James Douglas

More than 9,000 patients’ records in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex have gone missing since private firm Capita took on transferring NHS patients’ records when they move from one GP to …

Goverment fails living wage test

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by James Douglas

Thousands of workers across central government are paid less than the voluntary Living Wage, Tribune can reveal. Answering questions from Labour MP Frank Field, ministerial depart­ments admitted that more than …

Sixth formers hit by cuts

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by James Douglas

James Douglas A new study has found that funding pressures mean pupils at sixth-form colleges in England must choose from an increasingly narrow range of A-level subjects. The Sixth Form …

Workers hit by Matthews pensions set-up

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by James Douglas

Commons watchdogs have been given evidence that pensioners of the failed poultry business Bernard Matthews Ltd stand to get just 1p in the £. In a background paper written for …

Community care failing

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by James Douglas

A University of Manchester probe has found that suicides of people being cared for in the community are higher than among hospital in-patients. There are around 200 suicides a year …

UK at sick pay bottom

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by James Douglas

Sick pay in Britain and Ireland lags far behind most European nations. Research collated by Ben Harrow at Vouchercloud, the Bristol-based money-saving mobile app platform has revealed that Norway, Luxembourg, …

Trump promises UK trade deal

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by James Douglas

Donald Trump’s trade adviser Dan DiMicco has promised that Britain will be offered a free trade deal before the rest of the EU if the Republicans win the US presidential …

Passengers furious at ‘woeful’ Southern

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by James Douglas

The transport select committee has warned that lessons must be learned from the “woeful” experience of passengers on Southern Railway. Rail passengers have been badly let down by government failure …

Reforms hit ‘exit’ payments

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by James Douglas

The government has admitted that response to its consultation about reforms to public sector exit payments, which will see the lowest paid hit hardest, was overwhelmingly hostile.. The “reforms” will …