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Self-harm among teenage girls up 68% in three years, shows research - May Bulman, The Independent

Study also shows self-harming is more common among teenagers in deprived areas

Self-harm among teenage girls has risen by 68 per cent in three years, research has revealed.

The study by researchers at…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 15:43 — No Comments

Research: Work in Brexit Britain: reshaping the nation’s labour market - Resolution Foundation

Available to download using this link: http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/work-in-brexit-britain-reshaping-the-nations-labour-market/

Almost a year after voting to leave the European Union the negotiations for the UK’s departure began on 19thJune 2017. Those negotiations and the exact nature of the agreements they lead to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments

Research: Commissioning in Children’s Services – What Works? by Simone Vibert, Demos

Research available to download using this link:https://www.demos.co.uk/project/commissioning-in-childrens-services-what-works/

Despite significant policy attention and political action, looked-after children and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) remain some of the most vulnerable children in the country with their later life outcomes – social,…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 19, 2017 at 16:44 — No Comments

Tory disdain for democracy reduces Parliament to a talking shop - Jeff Goulding

Older heads than mine may be able to remember a more shambolic and inept government than that of Theresa May. I can’t. However, if that were the only problem, we’d have seen the back of them by now.

Their naked cruelty and obvious disdain for the…

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Added by joe taylor on October 19, 2017 at 7:06 — No Comments

Research: Impact of Universal Credit Round 4

The roll-out of Universal Credit looks set to continue this winter with work and pensions secretary, David Gauke, rejecting suggestions to pause the process in order to smooth out the flaws in the system, particularly the 42 day wait for the first benefit payment which has resulted in many claimants being forced into debt and rent arrears . Opposition to this continuation has been expressed by 14 Tory backbenchers as well as Labour MPs Jim McMahon, Jo Platt as well as a stern warning from…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 13:41 — No Comments

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

By May Bullman of The Independent

Government policy on tortured asylum seekers declared unlawful by High Court

The High Court has declared the Government's policy on torture victims is unlawful, after being told asylum seekers fleeing…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 11, 2017 at 10:01 — No Comments

Royal Mail’s employees are striking on behalf of all workers

For those interested in the proposed Royal Mail strike next week by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in the wake of the new Trade Union Act introduced by the Conservatives, an interesting article (below) put forward by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian on Thursday. 

Royal Mail’s employees are striking on behalf of all workers…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 12:49 — No Comments

John McDonnell Says City Now Sees Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour As ‘Stabiliser Of Capitalism’

Food for thought from Ned Simons of the Huffington Post. Any comments on your thoughts regarding this ironic turnaround would be most welcome. 

John McDonnell Says City Now Sees Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour As ‘Stabiliser Of Capitalism’…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 13:03 — No Comments

Ethnic minority Britons twice as likely to be unemployed, damning new government study finds

Article by Joe Watts from the Independent:

Ethnic minority Britons twice as likely to be unemployed, damning new government study finds…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 13:23 — No Comments

Book review: A Sharing Economy: How Social Wealth Funds can Reduce Inequality and Help Balance the Books, Stewart Lansley

From London School of Economics and Political Science website:

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/book-review-a-sharing-economy/

 

In A Sharing Economy: How Social Wealth Funds can Reduce Inequality and…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 17:13 — No Comments

Research Publication: Priced Out? The affordability crisis in London

Research Publication taken from IPPR, The Progressive Policy Think Tank. Please see link below for access to the publication:

https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/priced-out

London’s housing market is increasingly unaffordable for those on low to middle incomes. While it has…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on October 8, 2017 at 17:27 — No Comments

At last something is being done about Greater Manchester's homeless problem

At last something is being done about Greater Manchester’s homeless problem.

Fire stations are to turn spare space into shelters, GPs are to treat people without a permanent address and Manchester council is to buy up cheap housing across the city and allow people without homes to live there.

At the same time the region’s public sector leaders - led by mayor Andy Burnham - have issued an appeal to the Prime Minister, calling on her to halt the government’s roll-out of Universal…

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Added by Freire Institute on October 9, 2017 at 9:44 — No Comments

Lessons from the Greater Manchester experiment - Local Government Information Unit

In the first of three essays LGiU is publishing on the future of local government, Andrew Walker discusses the Greater Manchester experiment in devolution, lessons learned so far and challenges that remain.…

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Added by joe taylor on September 24, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Book Review: After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality



Book Review: After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality edited by Heather Boushey, J. Bradford DeLong and Marshall Steinbaum

Life expectancy for people living around Canary Wharf is 89 years. For people at Canada Water, the next stop on the Jubilee line, life expectancy is 78 years. The life expectancy gap of eleven years between these two stations is equal to that between Switzerland and Bangladesh or between British women born in 2011 and British…

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Added by Freire Institute on September 21, 2017 at 9:35 — No Comments

Your democracy has just been stolen

Could I have some input on this this one please?

Imagine a government that seized control of the legislature, rewrote the rules, ignored democratic convention and told its people it was in their own best interests.

Those who have done such a thing are a list of the world's most crazed despots: Robert Mugabe, Joseph Stalin,…

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Added by kevin Frayne on September 18, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

The Paradox of Participation

Participatory budgeting is a topic that will interest many of our members. In Popular Democracy: The Paradox of Participation, Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza examine contemporary forms of participatory governance by tracing the origins and development of participatory budgeting (PB) from its roots in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to its adoption in two cases, Cordoba, Spain and Chicago, USA. While acknowledging that PB has been seen as being too easily co-opted by neoliberalism, the…

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Added by Freire Institute on August 17, 2017 at 9:40 — 3 Comments

Where next?

How would you like to see NatCAN develop? Here are a few ideas.

(1) Free workshops for regional groups

The regional groups are a great idea but they have largely fallen into disuse. A better connection to what is happening offline, in the 'real world', would be of benefit. Therefore the Freire Institute will offer each regional group a free one-day workshop to focus on: (a) where we are at in our region as community activists; (b) what are the key issues?; (c)…

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Added by Freire Institute on July 31, 2017 at 9:32 — 7 Comments

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