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The coalition's benefits cuts are stoking divisions in our society

Populist attacks on benefit claimants rarely make practical politics. They seldom bring in the enormous savings claimed and usually create policy problems that have to be addressed later, often at significant cost. So what is the coalition's welfare reform really about? The government claims it has …

The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women

The campaign for women's liberation never went away, but this year a new swell built up and broke through. Since the early summer, I've been talking to feminist activists and writers for a short book, All The Rebel Women, and as I tried to keep up with the protests, marches and talks, my diary …

Latest news from around the world | The Guardian

Spotlight<p>On a planet of billions, nine people represent the minority battling murder in the global corruption of land rights<p>Opinion & analysis<p>Put aside unborn children for a moment – let’s talk about the children already here whom Republicans have abandoned<p>We started with political chat, visited …

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Britain told social inequality has created 'public health timebomb'

Women and children in the UK would have longer and healthier lives if they lived in Cyprus, Italy or Spain, and Britain is facing "a public health timebomb", according to a study by an expert on inequality and health.<p>Sir Michael Marmot, who is known worldwide for his work on the social determinants …

Households spending bigger share of income on fuel and other essentials

Households in Britain have seen their living standards stagnate for the past four years and are spending an increasing share of their incomes on "essentials" such as fuel and housing.<p>The Office for National Statistics says households' true disposable income has flatlined since the end of the …

Does money affect children’s outcomes?

Evidence abounds that children in lower-income households do less well than their peers on many outcomes, including in health and education. But is …

Birmingham branded 'national disgrace' for child protection failures

Vulnerable children are being let down by councils with ineffective and incompetent leadership, according to the Ofsted chief inspector, who singled out Birmingham as a "national disgrace".<p>Sir Michael Wilshaw's scathing comments came as Ofsted revealed in its first annual report into children's …

1 in 35 homes at risk of repossession in parts of England, says Shelter

As many as one in 35 homes in some areas of England are at risk of being repossessed, according to the homelessness charity Shelter – the equivalent of one house on every street.<p>Unemployment and the high cost of living are leaving many households on a knife edge, and changes to benefit rules could …

Genetics outweighs teaching, Gove adviser tells his boss

Education in England is no better than mediocre, and billions of pounds have been wasted on pointless university courses and Sure Start schemes for young children, Michael Gove's special adviser has said in an outspoken private thesis written a few weeks before he is due to step down from his …