The same complaint does not apply to her latest charity project, the Smart Set capsule collection, which focusses on workwear essentials, bringing together leading British brands and fashion designers like Jigsaw, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Misha Nonoo. For every item from the collection sold, the four fashion companies involved donate the same item to the Smart Works charity who are filling their offices with brand-new clothes to help women in need enter the workforce. Coming with that Meghan Markle ring of royal celebrity dust, it's no surprise that many of the pieces (priced from £19.50 to £199) have already sold out and are on re-order. But are they worth chasing down? And does a capsule wardrobe actually work and help you in the long run? The answer is yes and yes. The constipated state of high street retail has given birth to a seemingly non-stop series of 'celebrity loves' collaborations of late. Some dubious, others lazy, but often you will find a gem which … [Read more...] about Smart set: How to work a capsule wardrobe
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Full details will be released on Wednesday this week in the daily State Official Bulletin (BOE), a hefty publication containing government announcements, but the basic outline of the reform has been explained in national media pending the finer points. How were part-timers affected until now? Salaries are, of course, lower for those who work fewer hours, meaning a correspondingly lower pension, and this will not change. To obtain a State pension at all, a worker needs to be paying 'into the system' for 15 years, but this is based upon a full-time, 40-hour-a-week job. Those working fewer hours would have to cram in more years – for example, an employee working 20 hours a week would need to be paying a stamp for 30 years to get a pension. This changed in 2014, meaning 15 years was the minimum required however many hours were worked. To get a full pension based upon earnings, as at 2018, a worker has to pay 'into the system' for 36 years and six months and would retire at age 65 … [Read more...] about Fairer pension calculations for part-timers: How it works
Eight hours of work a week is the most "effective dose" of paid employment for our mental health, suggests new research. While we know the negative impact work can have on a person's well-being, this is the first study which looks at how much work is needed to reap benefits for our mental health. The study by the Universities of Cambridge and Salford found that eight hours a week is the optimal dose of work to support a person's mental well-being. The researchers used data from a panel survey to examine how changes in working hours were linked to mental health and life satisfaction in more than 70,000 UK residents between 2009 and 2018. They controlled for characteristics including age, children, longstanding illness and household income. "We have effective dosage guides for everything from Vitamin C to hours of sleep in order to help us feel better, but this is the first time the question has been asked of paid work," said study co-author Dr Brendan Burchell, a sociologist from … [Read more...] about One day of work a week gives most mental health benefits
From the emergence of a spiky growth at the back of some people’s skulls to the enigmatic finding that our elbows are getting narrower, our bones are changing in surprising ways Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Zaria Gorvett 13 June 2019 It all started with a goat. The unfortunate animal was born in the Netherlands in the spring of 1939 – and his prospects did not look good. On the left side of his body, a bare patch of fur marked the spot where his front leg should have been. On the right, his front leg was so deformed, it was more of a stump with a hoof. Walking on all fours was going to be, let’s say, problematic.But when he was three months old, the little goat was adopted … [Read more...] about How modern life is transforming the human skeleton
The UK will be taking to the polls for the second time this month to vote in the European elections 2019. The vote on May 23 will involve selecting a party and its candidates to represent the North West region in European Parliament. The names on your ballot paper are in the running to become Members of European Parliament (MEPs), of which voting elects eight Members to represent our region in the EU. But what do MEPs do and how much do they get paid for it? Here’s everything you need to know about the European government role. Who are MEPs? MEPs are elected representatives for the EU who represent your interests and those of your region or city. They are expected to listen to local and national concerns, interest groups and businesses where they can then question and lobby the Commission and the Council of Ministers. What do MEPs do? They help pass laws that affect many aspects of our lives, such as how many working hours employees throughout the EU are … [Read more...] about What does an MEP do and how much are they paid?