Paul Atkinson

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Universal basic income is not a magic solution, but it could help millions

The current system of welfare and employment simply isn’t working. Scotland, Canada and the Netherlands are right to explore this misunderstood option<p>Universal basic income is the idea that just won’t go away. At heart, it’s a very simple concept – every individual citizen should receive a regular …

Universal Basic Income

Autocracy: Rules for Survival

“Thank you, my friends. Thank you. Thank you. We have lost. We have lost, and this is the last day of my political career, so I will say what must be …

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Number of NHS mental health nurses has fallen by 15% under Tories

Since Conservatives came to power in 2010, number of specialist nurses has fallen from 45,384 to 38,774<p>The number of mental health nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost a sixth since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, figures show.<p>The revelation has sparked fresh doubt that …

Mental Health

Ontario pilot project puts universal basic income to the test

Conservative strategist leading first project of its kind in North America for decades says he wants ‘a floor beneath which people are not allowed to fall’<p>The Canadian province of Ontario is pushing forward with plans for a trial run of universal basic income, making it the first government in …

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Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart

Epidemics of mental illness are crushing the minds and bodies of millions. It’s time to ask where we are heading and why<p>What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and …

Mental Health

Children's mental health in crisis – readers share their stories

Despite the collective efforts of schools, social workers and hospitals, children and parents speak of reduced services unable to help patients until their condition becomes critical. Here, 20 readers talk about their experiences<p>Help fund our journalism by becoming a Guardian supporter.<p>New figures …

Mental Health

‘Benefits broods’: The cultural and political crafting of anti-welfare commonsense

'More suicides' in government disability test areas

<b>Nearly 600 suicides in England may be associated with the government's "fit-for-work" tests, research suggests.</b><p>Oxford and Liverpool researchers looked at 2010-13 data and also found the Work Capability Assessments could be linked to a rise in mental health problems.<p>The study found the areas with …

Mental Health

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Children of Thatcher era have half the wealth of the previous generation

Friday 30 September 2016<p>News<p>The children of the Thatcher era have reached adulthood with half as much wealth as the previous generation, finds a …

Ignore the patronising naysayers, Labour members can drive a revolution

Rather than trying to appeal to voters’ more base instincts, the party can thrive by mobilising its supporters to spread its message<p>While there is much that the Labour leadership can do to help ensure national electoral success once Jeremy Corbyn is crowned for the second time, the most important …

Personal Organizing

Corbyn - what's a leader really for?

Flickr/chrisjohnbeckett, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0<p><b>Labour loves Jeremy: but why?</b> <b></b><p>YouGov has just published some polling data which has excited understandable …

Why should Bill Gates decide how our children should be educated?

“The students affected do not have the luxury of walking away from failed social experiments…When foundations enter into wholesale public-policy …

Labour leadership, the NHS, and 'honest politics'

We need to take back control of our NHS from the unelected technocrats and their health industry friends – and politicians brave enough to say so. …

Radiation Therapy

Global Warming and the Future of Humanity: An Interview With Noam Chomsky and Graciela Chichilnisky

The Earth's climate is being radically modified by human action, creating a very different planet, one that may not be able to sustain organized …

Tory austerity is officially causing a mental health crisis

It’s official. The Conservative austerity agenda is causing a mental health crisis. The cuts made to housing benefits have seen more than 26,000 …

A simple guide to avoid receiving a diagnosis of ‘Personality Disorder’

This is a leaflet based on a discussion on personality disorder diagnoses that we had on the Facebook group. Thanks to the wonderful Dolly Sen for …

Building better mental health in cities from the ground up

Creating green spaces and better connections between people are just two of the ways urban planners can improve mental health<p>The frenetic, isolating nature of city life can be a day-to-day struggle for millions of people. An environmental cocktail of densely packed streets and homes, cramped and …

Mental Health

Mental health trust apologises after woman has to sleep in police car

Katie Simpkins, from Corsham in Wiltshire, was detained for her own safety but no hospital bed was available in the county<p>A mental health trust has apologised after a patient had to sleep in the back of a police car in a hospital car park because there was no bed available for her.<p>Katie Simpkins, …

Mental Health

Web of lies, policies and politicians

In the previous post in this miniseries I’ve used the example of Brexit referendum to explore how allowing lies to be systematically upheld in public …

The Welfare Reform Disaster

Our new issue, “Rank and File,” is out now. To celebrate its release, new subscriptions are discounted.Twenty years ago this month, seated in the …

Social Issues

Investigating the ADHD Industry

In <i>ADHD Nation,</i> investigative journalist Schwarz criticizes the way the disorder is treated and managed in America today.<p>What do you hope people will …

Economics

Lousy jobs hurt your health by the time you're in your 40s

Job satisfaction in your late 20s and 30s has a link to overall health in your early 40s, according to a new nationwide study.<p>While job satisfaction …

The politics of welfare

"Religion" is not the same thing as faith or belief, though faith may be required in some religions. Religion is a pattern of social organisation, …

Audit finds whereabouts and circumstances of 1.5 million people leaving welfare records each year “a mystery”

Labour MP Frank Field has called on the government to conduct a survey into the circumstances of those hundreds of thousands of citizens whose …