The government has already announced plans for sweeping changes to disability benefits that will be fiercely resisted by the Labour party and charities, which argue that the chancellor is using some of the most vulnerable people in society to balance his budget. Labour calculates that 200,000 people will lose out on the benefit altogether, while a further 400,000 will receive less money. … [Read more...] about Budget 2016: Labour attacks government’s Help to Save scheme
It is always a sign that things are not going too well at the Treasury when chancellors start to cite the global economy as the cause of their problems. There is an iron law in British politics: the chancellor claims all the credit in the good times, but when things go wrong somebody else is to blame. It is only three months since Osborne’s autumn statement and spending review: his argument that the world is suddenly a more “difficult and dangerous” place is unconvincing. … [Read more...] about Budget 2016: is George Osborne asleep at the wheel of UK’s economy?
It has been more difficult for me to talk to women in the camp than to men, mostly because of culture and tradition. No problems with 19-year-old Azita Barekzai from Afghanistan, though. She is happy to chat. Her English is good; she is ambitious and wise (I hope that doesn’t sound patronising). When I ask her something I have already asked, she tells me off: “I told you!” She doesn’t want her photo taken, because she has a cold, but in the end she relents. I am glad there is a picture of Azita; like many of the people I meet in Moria, she is amazing. … [Read more...] about The librarian of Moria – and other tales of hope from the notorious refugee camp
One doesn’t have to be Sigmund Freud to ponder the dangers of making children inhibited about using the lavatory. You can see where Summerhill is coming from – school loos are hotbeds of activity, including bullying. Indeed, the CCTV was only installed because of problems with student behaviour. However, it’s been pointed out that, for instance, a prefect, or two, could be put on duty in the vicinity. … [Read more...] about Keep cameras out of lavatories
Her report was the product of focus groups, workshops and discussions in which young people talked about their digital lives. Leaton Gray, a lecturer at UCL’s Institute of Education, and her co-author Andy Phippen, professor of children and technology at Plymouth University’s business school, emerged with some bleak conclusions. Among the young people interviewed, she reports a “sense of collective outrage” about intrusion by figures of authority. … [Read more...] about ‘Parents panic about sexting, but children will make their own online moral codes’