Amanda Holden has hit out at the government after they announced they would be giving frontline nurses a one per cent pay rise amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TV and radio personality, 50, shared a series of old photographs of herself in scrubs as she shared a supportive message to frontline medical workers. Amanda wrote: 'We clapped them, we praised them, we thanked them. Now let's bloody show them... the money! B******s to a 1% pay rise!' Not standing for it! Amanda Holden has hit out at the government after they announced they would be giving frontline nurses a one per cent pay rise amid the coronavirus pandemic Amanda's comments come amid mounting fury over the announcement, with many suggesting the pay rise is an insult to those who have risked their lives throughout the Covid pandemic. On Friday ministers defended a headline one per cent pay rise for NHS staff, while furious union bosses threatened strikes. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 … [Read more...] about ‘B******s to a 1% pay rise!’ Amanda Holden slams government plan for NHS nurses’ wages and says they should ‘show them the money’
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"We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060," China's President Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly in September. "COVID-19 reminds us that humankind should launch a green revolution," he added. Given that global emissions are still rising — despite the pandemic-related slowdown — and in view of the inadequacy of the Paris climate pledges, China's announcement was widely welcomed as the most important commitment since the 2015 Paris agreement in the push to carbon neutrality by mid-century. "It's like steroids in the move to decarbonization," said Niklas Hagelberg, coordinator of the Climate Change Program at the United Nations Environment Program, of the pledge from the world's largest carbon emitter. With China accounting for 28% of global CO2 emissions, its carbon neutral pledge is fundamental to achieving worldwide net-zero emissions. Even without any further commitments from other countries, global heating could now be … [Read more...] about Is China’s five year plan a decarbonization blueprint?
The Royal College of Nursing is setting up an emergency fund for strike action over the proposed 1% NHS pay rise. The drum beat towards industrial action in the health service appears to have started after Unite also said it will consider holding ballots. Workers are furious at the proposal from the Government which would amount to a real terms pay cut after inflation. The Department of Health and Social Care has submitted its proposal to the NHS pay review body, which will decide in May how much of a salary uplift the vast majority of NHS staff across the UK should get in 2021-22. The 1% rise would apply to all staff apart from junior doctors, GPs and dentists. Do you have a view on this story? Let us know in the comments below. After the news was slipped out on Thursday afternoon the RCN convened an emergency meeting on Friday and voted unanimously to set up a £35 million Industrial Action fund. The strike fund could be used to pay members if they lose income in … [Read more...] about Nurses threaten to strike over ‘insulting’ 1% NHS pay rise as £35m fund set up
MINISTERS still have no plan for how to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, despite setting the target in law nearly two years ago , MPs said last night. They were accused of making “big promises full of fine words that won’t stand up”. It comes as Britain prepares to host the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow later this year . But MPs said that “at present, there is no coordinated plan” with clear milestones towards achieving the target. Ministers have promised a series of strategies this year on how it will slash UK emissions to save the planet - with a Net Zero strategy, new plans for building homes and how to make the nation's transport greener. But everyday Brits are still in the dark about what the plans mean for them and what they'll have to do. Up to two thirds of the slashing of emissions will come from consumer choices - like replacing boilers or buying an eco-friendly electric car. Labour MP Meg Hillier , chair of the the public accounts … [Read more...] about Ministers blasted for ‘still having no plan’ for how to get UK to zero carbon emissions by 2050
A MONEY expert has explained how to give your kids a £2.1million pension pot by saving £7.90 a day in their first 10 years. Parents can give their offsprings the retirement windfall by setting up a so-called Junior Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) when they're born. The account lets you save up to £2,880 tax-free each year, and the government then tops it up by 25%, transforming it to £3,600. This is the equivalent of £7.90 a day, or almost £245 over a 31-day month. By leaving that money to grow in value, the sum could be worth £2.1million by the time your kids turn 65. This is based on the investment return of a normal index tracker fund, which typically goes up by around 7% per year on average. Of course, not all households will be able to save £8 a day for their children. But the tip is a good example of how an early start can boost your pot thanks to compound interest, while making the most of government cash on offer. Former financial advisor Alex … [Read more...] about Money expert explains how to give your kids a £2.1million pension pot by saving £8 a day