All articles by: James Douglas

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, …

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 …