I know, from speaking to constituents affected by Universal Credit, just how acutely this policy damages people’s lives but a report issued last week laid bare the reality of its widespread impact for all to see. Despite being designed to streamline benefits – and cut administrative costs in the process – the National Audit Office...
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Westminster is a strange place. Some weeks, little of any great importance seems to happen and other weeks fly by as the Government lurches from one catastrophe to the next. This week, it was the latter. Theresa May’s government’s handling of the Windrush Generation scandal has dominated both the headlines and parliamentary business. David Lammy...
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Education and skills are the foundations to a high performing economy and well paid skilled jobs, yet here in Fife we are being short changed not just in our high schools but also our college. Questions must be asked as to why the Scottish Government is showing no appetite to resolve the long-standing funding issues...
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This year the usual blaze of colour at the BAFTA film awards was replaced by a parade of black-clad film stars posing amid the flashing light bulbs on a red carpet. It was a dramatic and sobering statement; of glamour heavily cloaked with political intent. The winning speech of actor Frances McDormand even more so, as she...
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Recent events have brought to mind the old adage “the more it changes, the more it stays the same” and when it comes to the upper echelons of politics that certainly still seems to be the case. Sex scandals, harassment and bullying might make for good headlines and sell news but they don’t make for...
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From the newspaper front pages to the phone-in radio shows, Twitterstorms and countless websites, the one story which seemed to get everyone talking in the last few days has been the revelation that BBC bosses pay their male “stars” far more than their female counterparts. But were any of us really surprised by this divulgence...
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Every year, around the beginning of November, Equal Pay Day comes around – highlighting the discrepancies between men’s and women’s salaries and to be blunt, how many days women effectively work for free because of the scale of the gender pay gap. Last year it was only one day later than the previous year, proving...
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