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We can eradicate poverty in Britain – if we choose to, that is | Frances Ryan

The UK’s 13 million poor people have been stigmatised by politicians for too long. But a practical solution is possible<p>Poverty is a clever sort of evil. It manages not only to exist in a country as wealthy as ours, but to thrive: 13 million people in the UK live in poverty, according to the Joseph …

Sports Direct ditches zero-hours jobs and ups worker representation

Firm to offer casual retail staff guaranteed hours, drop ‘six strikes’ warehouse policy and give workers a voice on its board<p>Sports Direct is to put a workers’ representative on its board and offer shop staff guaranteed hours instead of zero-hours contracts after admitting a string of failings in …

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Sturgeon launches new Scottish independence drive after 'seismic' Brexit vote | Reuters

STIRLING, Scotland (Reuters) - The Scottish National Party is to send out thousands of its faithful to measure the appetite for independence, leader Nicola Sturgeon announced on Friday, raising the political stakes further as Britain decides how it will leave the European Union.<p>Scotland's First …

Scottish Parliament gets power to introduce higher benefits

The Scottish Parliament has today assumed new powers to increase state benefits so they are higher than in the rest of the UK as Theresa May said there is no appetite for a second independence referendum.<p>Among Holyrood’s new powers, MSPs will be able to create new benefits in devolved areas and …

Squatters bed down in Vatican church

Rome homeless group has lived for nine days at Santa Maria Maggiore, a papal basilica where Pope Francis regularly prays<p>Pope Francis's avowed commitment to the poor and the homeless is being put to the test by a group of out-of-work, homeless people who have bedded down amid the gold leaf and …

Scottish independence campaign is gaining ground, polls show

The campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls.<p>With five months to go before the referendum that could lead to Scotland leaving the UK, the gap between the yes and no camps has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enough to secure independence …

Welfare cuts drive UK's poorest families deeper into poverty, says Oxfam

The coalition's welfare cuts have pushed 1.75 million of the UK's poorest households deeper into poverty, leaving more families struggling to cover food and energy bills, according to a report.<p>The report by Oxfam and the New Policy Institute highlights a drop in the overall value of benefits, which …

Our Christian beliefs are under attack from influential and militant atheists

Of course Britain is a Christian country, says Charles Moore, in response to the 'angry atheists’ who claim otherwise. And we must defend that precious heritage<p>David Cameron said last week that Britain is a Christian country. In The Telegraph yesterday, 55 mainly atheist public figures said in a …

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Think you are a hard worker? Stop deluding yourself

Opinion: the disease of overwork is partly in our minds<p>Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 01:00 Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014, 12:10<p>Last week I filled in a form that …

Alex Salmond: no campaign's pound threat 'demolished' by admission

Alex Salmond said the British government's scaremongering tactics over Scottish independence had been demolished after an unnamed minister told the Guardian that the threat to deprive an independent Scotland of the pound would not be carried out.<p>Treasury ministers have repeatedly said they would …

Independent Scotland would have same influence in EU as Finland, says CBI

The CBI has warned that an independent Scotland would be left with same influence in the European Union as Finland.<p>The business organisation said Scotland faced the real risk of being "left out in the cold" after a yes vote in September's referendum as it fought to persuade the other 28 member …

Scotland 'could vote for independence unless pro-UK campaign improves'

Willie Rennie, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has said there is a "distinct possibility" that Scotland could vote for independence unless the pro-UK campaign improves.<p>Speaking as party activists gathered in Aberdeen, Rennie said the anti-independence campaigners had to be far more …

Osborne and Alexander try to quash UK-Scotland currency union suggestion

George Osborne and Danny Alexander have tried to quash any suggestion that the UK would agree to form a currency union with an independent Scotland after a minister privately conceded that one would have to be formed to ensure financial and economic stability.<p>The chancellor and his Liberal Democrat …

Independent Scotland 'may keep pound' to ensure stability

A currency union will eventually be agreed between an independent Scotland and the remainder of the UK to ensure fiscal and economic stability on both sides of the border, according to a government minister at the heart of the pro-union campaign.<p>The private admission comes amid increasing jitters …

If institutional Ireland were a stick of rock, the words ‘loyalty is prized above honesty’ would run through it. Irish authorities always choose loyalty

Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 01:00<p>Awkward truths: former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, who resigned on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire<p>Awkward …

Judge apologises for ‘incorrect’ Muslim remark

Anthony Halpin asks for ‘forgiveness’ over ‘hurt caused’ by ‘unfortunate’ reference made in court<p>Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 14:20 Updated: Sat, Mar 29, 2014, …

Woman took her own life after ‘flawed’ Atos work capability assessment slashed her benefits by a third, says watchdog http://ind.pn/1lmbpqw

Men are half as likely as women to be diagnosed with depression, but three times more likely than women to kill themselves because of it. We need to talk about men's mental health. http://ind.pn/1mwpvWo

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Buying into Boris-backed 'premium' Earls Court scheme? Here's what you're not being told

The photograph above, taken three weeks ago, shows a car park on Seagrave Road, London SW6. For many years it has served visitors to the nearby Earls Court exhibition centre, a landmark London building currently hosting the world famous Ideal Home Show. It is the long-standing intention of the …

A sneaking sympathy for Patrick Nulty

He may have been suffering from the Bart Simpson delusion: if no one saw you do it, it never happened<p>Wed, Mar 26, 2014, 01:00<p>Patrick Nulty’s …

Mean and petty bans do nothing to promote prisoners’ rehabilitation – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Banning prisoners from receiving books in prison is just one of a number of mean and petty rules introduced by the secretary of state for justice …

Comment: Grayling has shown his true colours with prison book ban

<b>By Sadiq Khan</b><p>Prison is a punishment. Depriving someone of their liberty so they can't go shopping, can't spend time with their family, can't go down …

‘It feels like a war on prostitution’

Sex workers should be allowed choose prostitution if it makes their lives better, says prostitute-turned-advocate Mariska Majoor<p>Fri, Mar 21, 2014, …

Rise of 7.6% sees Dublin rents return to 2009 levels

'Beer and bingo' row shows how social media have become key battleground

The Conservative chairman, Grant Shapps, will not be apologising for tweeting a much-derided poster claiming beer and bingo tax cuts help "hard-working people do more of the things they enjoy", Tory sources have said.<p>The senior MP is said to be standing behind the viral advert, widely condemned for …

Lord Tebbit scorns food bank demand

The former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has suggested that people who visit food banks are at the same time spending their money on junk food.<p>Speaking in the House of Lords, Tebbit said there was a "near infinite demand" for valuable goods given away free and asked ministers to …

Scorn for 'patronising' beer and bingo tweet from Tory chair Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps, the Conservative party chairman was accused of patronising voters last night as he attempted to use Twitter to promote the government’s budget.<p>Shapps tweeted a picture that said: “Bingo. Cutting the Bingo tax and beer duty: To help hardworking people do more of the things they …

Baroness Warsi defends Gove's criticisms of 'Old Etonians' in Cameron's circle

Baroness Warsi has joined criticisms about there being too many privately educated people in powerful positions in British politics<p>Baroness Warsi, the faith and communities minister, has strongly defended education secretary Michael Gove over his comments that there are too many 'Old Etonians' in …