All articles by: James Douglas

No accident, but it’s an emergency

Published: November 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

BBC researchers have found that the performance of hospitals across the UK has slumped, with targets for cancer, accident and emergency, and planned operations now being missed in large numbers. …

New drugs too pricey for NHS

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Taxpayer-funded medical research which last year cost more than £1 billion is producing medicines which are increasingly unaffordable for patients who need them. A report, published by campaign groups Global …

Oxbridge still prefers toffs

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The dominance by the top two social classes of Oxford and Cambridge University admissions has been confirmed by new data. Four-fifths of students accepted at Oxbridge colleges between 2010 and …

Smaller firms face tax hike

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New research indicates that more than 56,000 small businesses in England will face steep tax rises next year. Business rate increases will total £152m in April, according to rates specialist …

Two more join Living Wage list

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Two more employers have joined the ranks of those paying the voluntary Living Wage to take the total number of accredited employers to 3,500. Moyses Stevens Flowers, a network of …

Czech tycoon wins election

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Populist billionaire candidate Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic’s general election Babis is the country’s second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. With …

Venezuela opposition wins EU prize

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Venezuela’s opposition and political prisoners have collectively been awarded the European Union’s top human rights accolade, the Sakharov prize. EU parliamentary president Antonio Tajani said many people in Venezuela had …

News In Brief

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard will try for a second time to become a member of Labour’s national executive committee. The LGBT rights campaigner, who failed to win an NEC …

Venezuela opposition alleges fraud

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Elections for state governors in Venezuela saw President Nicolás Maduro’s supporters win 17 of 23 state governorships, but opposition leaders have alleged fraud. The opposition Democratic Union Roundtable coalition refused …

Hotel staff win new rights

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The UK’s leading supplier of outsourced hospitality and housekeeping services is to scrap zero-hours contracts. WGC has said it will be a major step forward for workers and is calling …

Millions in pension deficit

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A report by the Defined Benefits Taskforce has found three million members in the most vulnerable pension schemes have only a 50/50 chance of receiving full benefits when they retire …

Labour wants move on energy cap

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour has told the government to “get a move on” after it emerged that a price cap on energy bills proposed by the prime minister is unlikely to take effect …

Weah leads the poll

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are heading for a November 7 run-off in Liberia’s presidential election. According to the electoral commission, Weah, the first African to …

News In Brief

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned that the health system is “straining at the seams” and faces a “precarious” future. The regulator’s annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, …

Paramedics stress crisis

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

One in eight ambulance staff in England had to take time off sick due to stress last year. In the 2016-17 financial year, 2,468 paramedics and health care assistants had …

Cadbury pay deal signed

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Cadbury has agreed a two-year, inflation-proofed pay deal and enhanced maternity pay package covering approximately 1,300 employees at three of its UK sites. Employees — members of the Unite general …

News in brief

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The latest economic forecasts for 2017 see living standards being hit harder as inflation outstrips the growth in average earnings by more than expected at the start of the year. …

DHL pay victory

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Low-paid workers at the DHL warehouse in Gillmoss, Liverpool have secured representation and an inflation-busting pay increase. The Unite union secured a new recognition deal with DHL to represent workers …

Tory conference lowlights

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Theresa May’s desperate attempts to appeal to the youth vote which cost her a majority at the last election were met with almost universal derision. She claimed that a freeze …

No more costly PFI contracts

Published: October 5, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said that a future Labour government would bring “wasteful” PFI contracts back in the public sector. He told the conference the contracts were set to cost …

Limit on interest

Published: October 5, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour pledged legislation limiting the amount of interest that can be charged on credit card debts so that nobody would pay more in interest than they had originally borrowed. Shadow …