Despite having an excellent group of friends I feel lonely and isolated. I try not to spend too much time on social media, but when I scroll through and see the curated versions of people’s lives, it makes me feel worse, even though I know people only share the good stuff. Being the only one in my friendship group without a job also makes me feel lonely. They’re great friends and never bring it up or make me feel bad about it, but inside I feel worthless because nobody will hire me. … [Read more...] about ‘Social media has poisoned us’: young Britons on why they are unhappy
Listening are Henry Kulaya and Sally Coulton, secondary heads from Nottingham, who are in Helsingborg as part of the research project. Coulton is head of Nottingham’s only local authority secondary school, Ellis Guilford. The other schools are academies, she says, so they can’t be forced by the council to take new arrivals: “[They] can put barriers in the way as to why they can’t take these students with additional needs.” … [Read more...] about In Sweden, Noor went straight to school; in Britain, Ammar waited six months
the vulnerability of the refugees the availability of suitable housing, schools and NHS services the risks in relation to safety and community cohesion A Home Office official said: "We are grateful for the ongoing support from the over 270 local authorities across the UK who are helping to resettle refugees fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria. … [Read more...] about Where have the UK’s 10,000 Syrian refugees gone?
extending the tax on sugary drinks to sweetened milk-based drinks a ban on added sugar and salt in jars of baby and infant food more ambitious targets for salt reduction in food (to 7g a day), saying progress had stalled since 2011 taxing foods high in sugar and salt, as a start incentives to get people eating more fruit and vegetables And it urges the government and NHS England to set targets to reduce inequalities in childhood obesity and smoking in pregnancy, which predominately affect poorer communities. … [Read more...] about Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor
The siren voices here aren’t ministers moaning that Andrew Neil was mean to them, but lobbyists for Apple and Amazon, Sky and Netflix, who would love to knock a powerful competitor out of the market. Imagine how much easier their life would become if the BBC could somehow be confined to the worthy stuff that doesn’t make money, like local radio or educational children’s programming, or if even part of the licence fee were split between rival providers. … [Read more...] about The BBC needs to be defended – or its opponents will destroy it