In the Papers


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Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us

From local markets and curry to football stars and the NHS, British culture is indebted to migrants. One Day Without Us – held today – is an acknowledgment of that

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/20/migrants-britain-celebrate-markets-football-nhs-one-day-without-us

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NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

Doctors’ organisation points out that the number of UK mental health beds has decreased by 44% since 2001

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/20/nhs-at-breaking-point-according-to-british-medical-association

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Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

Despite council tax increases, authorities will need to defund services to meet rising costs warns Local Government Association

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/20/councils-preparing-cut-essential-services-fund-social-care-road-repair-parks-leisure-centres

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London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East

Think tank evidence suggests the Northern Powerhouse policy is good for Manchester rather than the North East

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/london-transport-spending-equivalent-1500-12626442

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Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

Migrants’ honest and compelling stories of contributing to Britain every single day can win over xenophobes

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/16/migrants-scapegoats-ukip-compelling-stories-win-over-xenophobes

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I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?

Accusations that the film is inaccurate are part of the ongoing attempt to dismiss what is being done to vulnerable people in Britain’s toxic social security system

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/16/daniel-blake-realistic-life-benefits

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English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/16/english-social-care-system-for-elderly-facing-complete-collapse

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See the wish list which could bring almost 8,000 jobs and £400m of investment to the North East

Papers seen exclusively by ChronicleLive have revealed ambitious plans to bring jobs and investment to the region

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/see-wish-list-could-bring-12610298

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North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region

Former Newcastle Council leader attempts to amend Brexit Bill to force the Government to consider impact on the North East

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-peers-want-law-12609483

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North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises

The latest government figures reveal the number of unemployed people in the region has gone up

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-recruitment-drive-revealed-12610467

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UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show

Jobs data show workers face rising costs and static pay, and no indication of Brexit vote triggering exodus of EU labour

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/15/pay-growth-slows-record-employment-rate-tuc

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The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

Early intervention on mental health and proper social care are vital if the health service is to stop merely lurching from one crisis to the next

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/15/nhs-crisis-priorities-mental-health-social-care

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Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival

Sunderland is the first stop on a tour of Brexit-voting areas featuring workshops, talks, food and music and senior allies of Jeremy Corbyn

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/top-labour-politicians-come-ukip-12604546

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Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week

Three-month consultation period will see two public meetings and a number of drop-in sessions

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/rothbury-community-hospital-inpatient-ward-12601922

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Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?

Shoppers are feeling the affects of Brexit in the wallet but the vote to quit the EU may also be helping manufacturers and creating new jobs

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/shopping-cost-you-more-prices-12603403

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Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move

Campaigners have called on Post Office bosses to rethink plans to move Hartlepool’s branch to a nearby shop....
http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/campaigners-calling-for-u-turn-over-post-office-move-1-8389796

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UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall

With the right to work uncertain after the Brexit vote, many non-UK nationals are returning home or seeking jobs elsewhere

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/13/uk-labour-shortages-brexit-as-eu-worker-numbers-fall 

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Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns

Corbyn attacks No 10’s ‘Hunger Games approach’ after document shows UK treatment of EU nationals may colour EU27’s stance on reciprocal rights

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/13/uk-treatment-of-eu-nationals-could-lead-to-backlash-against-britons-living-in-the-eu 

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Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’

The Daily Mail is using scare tactics to undermine any case for decency – solidarity is the only answer

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/13/daily-mail-gary-lineker 

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Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum

In the North East, a poll has revealed that 11.9% of readers would change their vote to 'remain' if given the chance

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/brexit-survey-revealed-what-you-12593048

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Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC

Study shows low-paid self-employment and zero-hours contracts costing exchequer £75m a week – a quarter of England’s weekly social care budget

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/14/insecure-work-bad-uk-economy-tuc-zero-hours-contracts 

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There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid

We haven’t even left the EU yet but already there are labour shortages as the number of migrants falls. As for the promise of higher pay, forget it

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/14/shameful-betrayal-brexit-low-paid-eu 

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Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

As never-ending politically motivated austerity takes hold, more and more people will find they cannot afford to stop work. But it doesn’t have to be like this

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/14/wealthy-retire-austerity-pensioners-work 

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NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'

Watchdog says health service could save £300m a year if locums charged within set price cap, after data found some are paid £375,000 a year

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/11/nhs-pays-out-75m-annually-for-20-most-expensive-agency-doctors 

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Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess

Report by the National Audit Office lays bare government hubris and fictional promises of progress from within the NHS

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/feb/10/drive-health-social-care-together-mess-nao

 

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A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests

Provisional data shows an unprecedented number of patients spending longer than four hours waiting to be seen

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/09/ae-in-england-sees-worst-ever-delays-in-january-leak-suggests

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Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?

How text messages sent by mistake to a North East council leader have created a headache for Prime Minister Theresa May

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-council-leader-nick-forbes-12577786

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Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'

Nuffield Trust suggests official counting system is not detecting many ‘delayed transfers of care’ cases

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/08/bed-blocking-three-times-worse-than-nhs-figures-show-study

vIt's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts

Local government contracts worth £50bn should go to companies paying the right amount of tax in the right place at the right time

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/feb/08/corporate-tax-dodgers-evasion-avoidance-local-councils-public-procurement-purchasing-power-paul-monaghan

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More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals

There are 22,495 households on council housing waiting lists across Tyne and Wear and the new report has revealed the government's aims to reduce it

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/property-news/more-council-housing-needed-north-12570123

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Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting

Here are some of the key things to expect, including a likely council tax rise, Wearside Women in Need and bin collections

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/council-tax-youth-funding-bins-12572553

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TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?

Here's what we know about the current status of the proposed college merger - and what happens next

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/tynemet-south-tyneside-colleges-merger-12564637

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UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/31/theresa-may-inequality-margaret-thatcher-resolution-foundation

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NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs

Committee urges caution before pilot scheme challenging patients to prove entitlement to free care is extended

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/01/nhs-id-scheme-could-deter-eligible-patients-say-mps

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Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says

Association says some of its 370 councils are struggling to meet legal requirement so badly they could face high court challenge

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/30/councils-social-care-provision-cut-warning-local-government-association

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Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’

Few doubt the value of nursery schools, yet many could close as early as July thanks to government plans for free childcare

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jan/31/nursey-school-children-early-years-education

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Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts

Northumberland County Council has warned it faces £6m cuts in 2017-18 and a total of £36m up to 2020

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/council-tax-rise-planned-northumberland-12531903

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'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration

Beyond the witty wordplay are more sinister fears and worries, protesters said at Newcastle's Monument

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/trump-cant-hack-trebs-best-12530975

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Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says

Midwives and teachers will see real pay drop by more than £3,000 by 2020 if 1% limit on rises is enforced, says union body

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/18/public-sector-pay-tuc-midwives-teachers

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May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal

If Britain doesn’t get access to the single market after Brexit, its economic model will favour investors and undermine employment conditions

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/17/theresa-may-brexit-workers-rights-britain-single-market

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NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service

Major alerts, cancer operations cancelled, patients dying, yet Theresa May still won’t listen. But maybe there’s a tipping point that could force a response

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/17/nhs-crisis-act-self-sacrifice-rescue-health-service

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Politicians have ignored the working class for too long

More people are struggling in an insecure world of work contracts. We need a new, revolutionary brand of parliamentarian if fear and Ukip are to be stopped

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/16/precariat-revolutionary-politicians-part-time-temporary-contracts

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World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

A new report by Oxfam warns of the growing and dangerous concentration of wealth

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jan/16/worlds-eight-richest-people-have-same-wealth-as-poorest-50

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Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial

I’ve turned around three failing hospitals, and I believe the NHS will keel over unless ministers start to address its problems and stop blaming GPs and patients

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/15/nhs-crisis-open-eyes-theresa-may?

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Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act

Labour-led administration in Wales is concerned Westminster legislation will undermine relations with public sector

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/16/welsh-government-tables-bill-to-overturn-trade-union-act

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Parents back striking teaching assistants in Durham despite school disruption

More than 100 schools across County Durham have been affected by the teaching assistants' strike

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/parents-back-striking-teaching-assistants-12145161

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Durham teaching assistants strike for second day

County Durham schools faced a second day of disruption as teaching assistants went on strike over pay.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37920820

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County Durham teaching assistants go on strike

More than 100 schools across County Durham are affected by the two-day strike by teaching assistants, in a dispute over pay.

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2016-11-09/schools-disrupted-as-teaching-assistants-strike-continues/

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Teaching assistants to be balloted on strike action, despite split between GMB and Unison unions

Teaching assistants in County Durham are to be balloted on strike action next week despite a split between the two unions which represent them.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14769197.Teaching_assistants_to_be_balloted_on_strike_action__despite_split_between_GMB_and_Unison_unions/?ref=rss

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Council's pay offer for teaching assistants rejected

Unison has announced its teaching assistant members in County Durham have 'overwhelmingly rejected' Durham County Council's revised offer in a long running dispute over pay cuts. They have been protesting over plans to pay teaching assistants for term-time only. Unison represents the majority of the 2700 teaching assistants involved.

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2016-09-28/councils-pay-offer-for-teaching-assistants-rejected/

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Council votes to privatise services in shake-up of adult care in County Durham

Some care services run by Durham County Council are due to be privatised following a decision by senior councillors behind closed doors.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14767399.Council_votes_to_privatise_services_in_shake_up_of_adult_care_in_County_Durham/

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Hospital overcrowding caused by 'political maladministration', say MPs

Governments’ failure to link health and social care means ‘bed-blocking’ patients are stuck on full wards or are sent home too soon, report warns

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/28/hospital-overcrowding-caused-by-political-maladministration-say-mps

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Is the North East Combined Authority now on the verge of collapse over devolution?

George Osborne, the architect of the North East devolution deal, has decried the region's 'missed opportunity'

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-combined-authority-now-11947826

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Protest planned against 'downgrading' of South Tyneside hospital services

Union officials have hit out after hospital bosses announced that stroke services will be temporarily moved to Sunderland

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/protest-planned-against-downgrading-south-11941387

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Don't make ordinary workers pay for Brexit, TUC urges government

TUC leader Frances O’Grady fears workers’ rights and jobs could be sacrificed in rush to appease City and large corporations

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/12/brexit-dont-make-ordinary-workers-pay-tuc-urges-government 

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Political battle lines drawn north and south of the River Tyne over devolution

A decision to slam the breaks on a multi-billion pound devolution deal for the region has caused rifts between leaders, unions and businesses

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/political-battle-lines-drawn-north-11857324

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Theresa May’s incompetence is creating an opposition within her own party

For a brief moment we thought the prime minister a safe pair of hands. But from Brexit to grammar schools, her reckless tactics will split the Tories

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/13/theresa-may-grammar-schools-brexit-chaos 

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Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and George Osborne among MPs hit by boundary shakeup

Review of boundaries map means many seats face changes before next election, with Labour expected to come off worst

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/13/corbyn-johnson-and-osborne-among-mps-hit-by-electoral-shakeup

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North East to lose four MPs in constituency shake-up plans

A battle looms over who will get to stand in remaining seats, after the Boundary Commission revealed plans to axe four MPs

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-lose-four-mps-11877626

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 'Thanks, but no thanks': How devolution for the North East was ended in 155 words

A letter seen exclusively by ChronicleLive from the North East to Whitehall explains why the region rejected devolution

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/thanks-no-thanks-how-devolution-11877467

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Is the North East finally going to start consulting on its controversial devolution deal?

Councillors from the seven local authorities will be asked to approve the plans to open up six week consultation when they next meet

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-finally-going-start-11816020

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Youth unemployment could be exacerbated in wake of Brexit vote, report says

Research by the EY Foundation has highlighted the 'stark regional variations' in the number of people locked out of unemployment

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/youth-unemployment-could-exacerbated-wake-11816160

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GP crisis as calls are made for appointments to be limited to no more than 25 a day

The British Medical Association has said doctors are being forced to deliver an unsafe number of consultations in an 'inadequate time frame'

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/gp-crisis-calls-made-appointments-11814625

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The NHS is ailing. Is a ringfenced tax the best remedy?

As pressure on the health service grows, an income-based levy could start the funding debate it needs

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/29/nhs-ringfenced-tax-remedy

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Brexit damage to economy will outweigh modest wage gains, says study

Resolution Foundation says cut in immigration might boost pay in some low-paid sectors, but would not compensate for slowdown in growth

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/15/brexit-damage-to-uk-economy-will-outweigh-wage-gains-study-finds

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Feet first, our NHS is limping towards privatisation

Cuts to podiatry services that are vital for diabetic patients mean more amputations – and the problem is getting worse

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/16/feet-nhs-limping-towards-privatisation-podiatry-diabetic-amputations

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Yes, zero hours work can be banned: New Zealand has just done it

Want to end the practices of Sports Direct, Hermes, Deliveroo and others? In New Zealand, workers took on big business and won

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/16/zero-hours-banned-new-zealand-unite-union-mcdonalds-sports-direct-hermens-deliveroo

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Austerity is far more than just cuts. It’s about privatising everything we own

Desperate for short-term cash, George Osborne is causing long-term damage by selling off Britain’s most prized assets. ‘Everything must go’ is now public policy

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/24/austerity-cuts-privatising-george-osborne-britain-assets

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Vote Leave’s campaign of fear will cause lasting divisions

The xenophobic lies of Brexit supporters can only fuel resentment, whatever the referendum outcome

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/23/vote-leave-campaign-fear-brexit-referendum

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NHS regulator to scale back hospital inspections after budget cuts

CQC will rely more on information provided by patients and trusts, concentrating on visits to hospitals classed as requiring improvement or inadequate

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/24/nhs-regulator-cqc-hosital-care-home-inspections

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North East GP crisis leaves services at 'breaking point', it is claimed today

A shortage of GPs and fears over future recruitment top the list of problems facing North East GPs

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-gp-crisis-leaves-11374511

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Protest never changes anything? Look at how TTIP has been derailed

People power has taken on big business over this transatlantic stitch-up and looks like winning. We should all be inspired

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/05/protest-never-changes-anything-derailing-ttip-trade-agreement

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TTIP has been kicked into the long grass … for a very long time

Trade talks are agonisingly slow at the best of times, especially so when they involve harmonising standards on controversial issues

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/03/ttip-has-been-kicked-into-the-long-grass-for-a-very-long-time

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200 Government jobs under threat across the North East, claim Labour

Labour warns that job cuts planned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will hit the North East

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/200-government-jobs-under-threat-11286812

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MP tells Parliament debate there is something "severely wrong" with North East Ambulance Service

A NORTH-EAST MP said there is something "severely wrong" with the region's ambulance service during a debate in Parliament on response times.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14471157.MP_tells_Parliament_debate_there_is_something__severely_wrong__with_North_East_Ambulance_Service/

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David Cameron and ex-union chief join forces on EU

Prime minister and Brendan Barber say British jobs, wages and prices would be under threat if UK votes to leave the European Union

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/27/david-cameron-and-ex-union-chief-join-forces-on-eu

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Jeremy Hunt doesn’t understand junior doctors. He co-wrote a book on how to dismantle the NHS

The health secretary’s name is so redolent of upper-class brutality he belongs in a Martin Amis book where working-class people are called Dave Rubbish

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/27/jeremy-hunt-doesnt-understand-junior-doctors-book-dismantle-nhs

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Equality watchdog warns junior doctors' contract is potentially illegal

EHRC document to be presented to the UN, seen exclusively by the Guardian, says that new contract discriminates against female doctors

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/28/equality-watchdog-warns-junior-doctors-contract-potentially-illegal

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Northumbria police boss condemns plans to replace cops with civilian volunteers

Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird told MPs to think again over plans to give volunteers similar powers to police

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/northumbria-police-boss-condemns-plans-11253017

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Those who can’t afford a home are being abandoned

Cash from council sell-offs will go to high-earning first-time buyers. It’s a huge blow to social housing

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/18/home-council-social-housing

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What the great degree rip-off means for graduates: low pay and high debt

I warned that students were being misled and was rebuked but it was true. Ministers owe them and me an apology

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/19/degree-graduates-low-pay-high-debt-students

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EU referendum - your chance to quiz Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron says he will answer your questions on the crucial vote which will decide our place in Europe

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/eu-referendum-your-chance-quiz-11204732

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Face it, Britain’s corporate fat cats will party until we turn the music off

This is a very British sort of capitalism, where brazenly greedy bosses are paid – hugely – to fail. We foot the bill, so why do we let them get away with it?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/21/britain-corporate-fatcat-party-till-we-turn-music-off

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The People’s Assembly march was a display of anger – that’s how change starts

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people from disparate groups united to protest after years of austerity. So much for ‘apathy’

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/21/peoples-assembly-march-anger-change-protest-austerity-apathy

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Loss of a single council would be betrayal of people, says Labour MP

Alison McGovern, chair of Progress group, says losing power anywhere in next month’s local elections will have real consequences

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/21/loss-of-a-single-council-would-be-betrayal-of-people-says-labour-mp

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Mayor and North East Combined Authority is 'untested' and may not work - report reveals

Official spending watchdog the National Audit Office raises doubts about plans for a North East mayor and council

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/mayor-north-east-combined-authority-11217372

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Health chief: letter backing 'whatever is necessary' on contracts was not agreed

NHS trust chiefs distance themselves from letter supporting plans to impose new contracts on junior doctors

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/12/health-chief-letter-whatever-necessary-contracts-not-agreed

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Four in five NHS staff thought about leaving

Healthcare staff in Guardian survey say increasing workloads, unreasonable expectations, cuts and long hours are damaging their lives

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/12/four-in-five-nhs-staff-consider-quitting-job-stress-guardian-poll

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The NHS can be saved. We just have to decide how to do it

The Guardian’s month-long inquiry into the health service - touching, sometimes hair-raising - has shown how much we value it and want to keep it free

http://www.theguardian.com/society/commentisfree/2016/feb/12/nhs-can-be-saved-decide-how-guardian-health-service

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We are on the brink of a homelessness crisis among young people

As rapper Professor Green tackles youth homelessness for a BBC documentary, my research shows how planned housing benefit cuts will be a disaster for young people

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/09/homelessness-crisis-young-people-housing-benefit-professor-green

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Newcastle's political heavyweights line up against £300m funding snub

Only Northumberland County Council received a share of a £300m fund set up by the Government to help cash-strapped authorities

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastles-political-heavyweights-line-up-10878266

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Political opponents on Darlington Borough Council vow to unite to 'save our market town'

Darlington’s political opponents are to put aside their differences to lobby the Government over swingeing budget cuts which are set to change the town forever.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14271535.Political_opponents_vow_to_unite_to__save_our_market_town_/

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Cameron ‘buying off’ Tory MPs threatening to rebel over council cuts

Labour says its analysis shows most of new £300m fund to ease funding cuts to local government will go to Tory-run councils

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/09/cameron-buying-off-tory-mps-theatening-to-rebel-over-council-cuts

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Library campaigners descend on parliament to defend public funding

Authors including Cathy Cassidy and Philip Ardagh have joined librarians lobbying MPs to protect the service from cuts that have seen 441 branches closed since 2010

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/09/library-campaigners-descend-on-parliament-to-defend-public-funding

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NHS needs funding rise to make it envy of world again, says healthcare expert

Damage caused by PFI, pay rows and the 2012 reorganisation needs reversing, says Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/09/nhs-funding-envy-of-world-healthcare-expert-pfi-martin-mckee

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North East housing associations issue dire warnings about 'right to buy' scheme

Number of affordable homes to rent in the North East could plummet, housing assocations say

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-housing-associations-issue-10866014

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North East authorities snubbed by government's £300m council fund

North East politicians demand answers after the region is denied a share of £300m fund to help councils cope

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-authorities-snubbed-governments-10863948

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NHS watchdog signed off doomed £750m contract despite doubts

MPs demand full inquiry after Monitor gave go-ahead for Addenbrooke’s deal that collapsed just eight months later

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/26/nhs-watchdog-signed-off-doomed-750m-contract-despite-doubts

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Our last chance to restrain the housing bill is with the Lords

Here in the House of Lords we must scrutinise the housing and planning bill, or it could spell the end of social housing as we know it

http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/jan/26/housing-planning-bill-house-of-lords

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Spike in mental health patient deaths shows NHS 'struggling to cope'

MP Norman Lamb likens rise of over 20% in the unexpected deaths of mentally ill people in NHS care to Mid Staffs scandal and calls for investigation

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/26/rise-mental-health-patient-deaths-nhs-struggling-to-cope

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North East emergency services staff say they are 'overworked' at Newcastle protest

Ian Rumney, a fireman who lives in Haydon Bridge, said the closure of the station will affect everyone in the North East

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-emergency-services-staff-10784010

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North East Police Commissioners invited to take over the region's fire services

Northumbria Police Commissioner says she'll reject chance to take over fire services but merger would be possible in future

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-police-commissioners-invited-10787857

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Watch Newcastle city centre busker attacked during racist Far Right demonstration

Newcastle comes together to say 'no' to Far Right group National Action who held a demonstration in Newcastle city centre

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/watch-newcastle-city-centre-busker-10786376

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Trade Union Bill: Government embarrassed as peers back Labour motion

Labour fears its annual income could fall by £6 million if the Bill came into effect in its present form

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/trade-union-bill-government-embarrassed-as-peers-back-labour-motion-a6824011.html

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Private firm G4S 'shouldn't be allowed to profit from refugees' over red doors scandal

Andy McDonald spoke out over asylum seekers' shock claims they have been racially abused because they are housed behind red front doors

Below is a link to an on-line poll in the Daily Mirror regarding asylum seekers in Teesside having their doors painted red.  We need to stand up to this kind of open racism in our society and the link is to vote if you think they should be repainted.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/private-firm-g4s-shouldnt-allowed-7212235#ICID=sharebar_twitter

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A portrait of the National Health Service: 'It's almost like a religion'

It employs one in 20 British workers, costs £260,000 a minute to run and deals with almost 5 million patients a week. But who are the people that keep the NHS on its feet? With the service at a crossroads, Jon Henley meets NHS staff and finds passion, dedication – and trepidation about the future.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/17/portrait-of-nhs-staff-national-health-service

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For a clear view of the NHS, look past the politics and promises of a cure

As a major Guardian analysis will show, our health service is far too complex to be reduced to soundbites

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/17/nhs-politics-promises-cure-analysis-health-service

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Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam

Charity says only higher wages, crackdown on tax dodging and higher investment in public services can stop divide widening

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/18/richest-62-billionaires-wealthy-half-world-population-combined

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Unison slams Hartlepool hospital bosses for cutting fertility services

Health union chiefs say hospital bosses have gone a step too far by slashing fertility services.

http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/local/unison-slams-hartlepool-hospital-bosses-for-cutting-fertility-services-1-7678794

 

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Autumn statement: As reality bites, revulsion could yet sink Osborne and Cameron

The chancellor should be careful. The claim that savage cuts are essential to address the deficit is wearing thin.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/24/autumn-statement-revulsion-sink-osborne-cameron-savage-cuts-deficit

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Welcome to Austeria – a nation robbing its poor to pay for the next big crash

It’s clear George Osborne intends to make austerity permanent. Those at the top will benefit, but hard times beckon for everyone else .

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/23/austerity-robbing-poor-george-osborne

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Another big corporation is flagrantly dodging tax. This must be outlawed

Companies such as Pfizer, whose deal with Allergan allows it to relocate to Ireland, should be forced to pay their fair share. A crackdown on tax havens would be a start.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/24/corporations-dodging-tax-havens-pfizer-allergan-ireland

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'Conscious cruelty': Ken Loach's shock at benefit sanctions and food banks

‘Hunger is being used as a weapon,’ says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/nov/23/ken-loach-benefit-sanctions-jeremy-corbyn-food-banks

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Spending review 2015: time for George Osborne to face tough choices

The UK chancellor has dug a big hole for himself over tax credit cuts with room to manoeuvre limited by the worsening deficit. But he has options.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/22/spending-review-2015-george-osborne-tax-credits-tough-choices

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Softening of tax credit blow to be funded by housing benefit cuts

The compromise over George Osborne’s controversial measure will hit many of the same people already losing their tax credits.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/22/softening-tax-credit-blow-funded-housing-benefit-cuts

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Police cuts deal made despite terror threat, says George Osborne

Chancellor refuses to rule out cuts to policing in Wednesday’s spending review, which will include cuts to many government departments.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/22/police-cuts-deal-made-despite-terror-threat-says-george-osborne

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More spending cuts will damage economy, TUC report warns

Study says government’s obsession with shrinking size of state is straining public services and further cuts will harm growth.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/23/public-spending-cuts-tuc-report-services-shrinking-state-autumn-statement

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Save the library, lose the pool: Newcastle finds self-help has its limits as cuts bite

Community groups are trying to fill the gaps but the hacking back of council services has just begun, John Harris finds

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/23/newcastle-cuts-save-library-lose-pool-john-harris

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Spending Review: North East figures call for investment and an end to police cuts

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed ministers have agreed to an average cut of 24% by 2020 in non-protected Government departments

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/spending-review-north-east-figures-10483165

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'Old white men' worry for cost cutting Newcastle City Council

The ruling Labour Party has raised concerns fewer councillors would destroy the ethnic diversity of Newcastle City Council.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/old-white-men-worry-cost-10482155

 

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George Osborne ready to bow to pressure to soften tax credit cuts

Chancellor has ‘wriggle room’ and is likely to use Treasury cash to lessen impact of cuts, says senior government source.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/27/george-osborne-ready-to-bow-to-pressure-to-soften-tax-credit-cuts

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Labour can’t just gloat over Osborne’s mess – we need a positive alternative

It is not only tax credits – the chancellor’s economic strategy has failed on all fronts. Now Corbyn has to ditch anti-austerity and look to the future.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/27/labour-osborne-mess-tax-credits-corbyn-anti-auterity-positive-alternative

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Tax credit system: experts urge Conservatives to phase in planned reform

Resolution Foundation and Institute for Fiscal Studies said slowing impact of the cuts would still save £4.4bn in long run

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/26/experts-urge-tories-to-phase-in-planned-reform-of-tax-credit-system

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Tax credits vote: PM accuses Lords of breaking constitutional convention

‘Rapid review’ sought after peers vote to delay tax credit cuts until compensation scheme for low-paid workers is worked out

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/26/tax-credit-cuts-halted-as-lords-vote-to-protect-low-income-earners

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Even the House of Lords couldn’t stomach Osborne’s tax credit cuts

The chancellor will still take £4.5bn from the low-paid in tax credit cuts, but the rebellion is a political setback.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/27/tax-credit-cuts-lords-could-not-stomach-osborne

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Most workers 'will be worse off at retirement' under new universal state pension

Analysis by financial experts shows less than half of people retiring next year will pick up full new state pension and says majority will lose out long term.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/26/most-workers-worse-off-retirement-new-universal-state-pension

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North-south divide starts with pre-school children, report says

Children from poorest families in north of England are falling behind peers in south before age five, IPPR North think tank finds

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/27/north-south-divide-children-report-northern-powerhouse

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North children are worse off than their London counterparts - IPPR says

The poorest children born in the region are also falling behind their peers born into poverty in London, in a stark 'early years gap'

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-children-worse-london-counterparts-10335177

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Poverty goals? No, it’s extreme wealth we should be targeting

If we had focused on the real causes of poverty over the past 30 years we probably wouldn’t need the United Nations’ sustainable development goals now

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/19/un-poor-wealth-sustainable-development-goals

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Doctors, teachers, the police – public servants are demoralised

It’s practically impossible now to defend the state without being labelled left wing. It wasn’t always so

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/18/doctors-teachers-police-public-servants-demoralised?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

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Osborne refuses to back down on cuts to tax credits

Chancellor tells group of backbench Tory MPs that if his changes are not passed £15bn worth of cuts will have to be found

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/19/chancellor-grilled-by-1922-committee-over-tax-credits-cuts

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Osborne is all for renationalisation – so long as the nation isn’t Britain

What do we get for flogging our nuclear to China and France? £17bn of risk and not much benefit

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/20/george-osborne-renationalisation-britain-nuclear-power-china-france-privatisation

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This isn’t a poll tax moment, and the Tories know it

Tax credit cuts will hit struggling families, but Osborne has plenty of budgets to put things right

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/20/poll-tax-moment-tories-tax-credit-cuts-osborne

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 ‘This change will be the end of the Open University as we know it’

Staff are balloting for strike action as OU plans to close seven of nine regional centres in England amid competition from free online courses such as Moocs

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/oct/20/open-university-strike-ou-regional-centres-moocs

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Junior doctors: 7 in 10 to leave NHS if Hunt pushes through new contract

Survey of more than 4,000 young medics shows more than 70% would move abroad, become a locum or change career

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/20/junior-doctors-thousands-to-leave-nhs-if-hunt-pushes-through-new-contract

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Lords forced to back down on tax credits motion as Tory rebellion grows

Peers warned of constitutional crisis and loss of powers if they press ahead with plan to kill off cuts

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/20/government-forces-lords-to-back-down-over-tax-credits-motion

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Labour must unify around the anti-austerity message

Tax credit cuts are a penalty on work. That’s the economic argument the opposition needs to keep hammering home until Tory ears bleed

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/13/labour-austerity-tax-credits-economic

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The Guardian view on Labour’s fiscal policy: mayhem, muddle, but the right call in the end

George Osborne’s fiscal charter is a silly game. John McDonnell is right to vote against it. But it’s a shame he couldn’t resist a little game-playing of his own before he made the decision

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/13/guardian-view-on-labour-fiscal-policy-mayhem-muddle-but-right-in-end-john-mcdonnell

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NHS seven-day plans will fail without more resources, warns doctors' chief

Royal College of Physicians president criticises health secretary for questioning medics’ dedication and says NHS needs more than £8bn extra funding

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/13/nhs-seven-day-plans-will-fail-without-more-resources-warns-doctors-chief

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If Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is going to work, it has to communicate

Twitter and packed halls are not enough: a mainstream media offensive is crucial – or the smears will stick

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/16/jeremy-corbyn-labour-twitter-media

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Jeremy Corbyn: Conservatives are poverty deniers

Labour leader tells TUC conference his party will oppose cuts to tax credits, and brushes aside criticism over lack of women in top posts

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/15/jeremy-corbyn-unions-tories-enemy-within-tuc

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The Guardian view on trade unions: part of the answer, not all of the problem

Britain’s problem is not over-mighty unions, as the government claims, but the absence of the workplace democracy which would boost wages and encourage better businesses

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/15/the-guardian-view-on-trade-unions-part-of-the-answer-not-all-of-the-problem

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Anti-union Bill will make industrial relations worse, warns Easington MP Grahame Morris

Labour MPs have condemned new restrictions on strike action but Government says it is protecting workers

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/anti-union-bill-make-industrial-10061392

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Cameron tells Merkel crisis won't be solved by Britain taking more refugees - Politics live

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/sep/02/andy-burnhams-speech-on-defence-and-security-politics-live

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Osborne’s public health cut is a blunder too far

The chancellor’s £200m cut will make health chiefs more wary of putting ‘protected’ NHS cash into a joint social care kitty that ministers could grab back

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/02/public-health-cut-osborne-nhs

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Nursing chief: ‘Nurse shortages are life-threatening’

Head of the Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davies, on how pay, staffing problems and a heavy workload are hurting the NHS

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/02/nursing-chief-janet-davies-shortages-affect-patients-lives

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Police force could lose 22,000 jobs under new spending cuts

Major reduction in funding could see number of police officers in England and Wales fall to 40-year low.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/31/police-force-new-spending-cuts-22000-jobs

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Local authorities 'cannot cope with further cuts'

Conservative-run Local Government Association says councils already face funding black hole of £10bn

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/01/local-government-association-cannot-cope-further-cuts

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'Mad' apprenticeship targets have consigned a generation to low-skill, low-paid duties

Hundreds of thousands of young people are being encouraged into low-skill, low-pay, on-the-job training schemes to meet ministers’ “mad” target of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020, new figures reveal.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mad-apprenticeship-targets-have-consigned-a-generation-to-lowskill-lowpaid-duties-10479123.html

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Unison General Secretary warns 500,000 further public sector jobs could go by 2020

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison, said its workers should expect more savage cuts to jobs under the Conservative Government

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/unison-general-secretary-warns-500000-9914305#ICID=FB-Chron-main

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Market turmoil is yet another lesson in need for international policy cooperation

World hasn’t changed much since financial crisis, which showed an economic model based on widening inequality and uncontrolled capital flows is unviable

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/23/crisis-lesson-need-international-policy-cooperation-crash?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

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This leadership race is bigger than Labour: if Corbyn wins, Britain could be out of Europe

With a referendum due, the new leader must clearly be for staying in. Instead the frontrunner prevaricates

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/25/labour-race-corbyn-wins-britain-out-of-europe

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Government's trade union proposals not fit for purpose, watchdog says

Red tape watchdog criticises initial costings and rationale for three sets of proposals designed to make it harder for workers to organise strike action

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/22/governments-trade-union-proposals-not-fit-for-purpose-watchdog-says

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Jeremy Corbyn's rise is a 'game changer' for Labour Party says Unison boss Dave Prentis

Labour Party will unite if Jeremy Corbyn is elected, Unison boss Dave Prentis said ahead of the left-wing Labour candidate's rally in Newcastle tonight

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/jeremy-corbyns-rise-game-changer-9881974

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North East paramedics assaulted by drunk patients as figures highlight shocking scale of abuse

Ambulance crew workers are subjected to horrific sexual assaults and abuse at the hands of drunk patients, according to a new report

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/north-east-paramedics-assaulted-drunk-9878066

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South Tyneside Council could cut up to 600 more jobs to save £55m by 2020

The authority says continuing Government cuts mean it must consider mass job losses, and it is entering into negotiations with unions

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/south-tyneside-council-could-cut-9884999

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Jeremy Corbyn is the curator of the future. His rivals are chasing an impossible dream

Those who believe that New Labour’s clapped-out politics can transform the party’s fortunes are delusional

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/18/jeremy-corbyn-rivals-chase-impossible-dream

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This war of the generations could yet destroy the left

It’s pointless for younger people to point a finger at baby boomers. Their struggle and ours are the same: and we need their votes to win power

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/18/war-generations-destroy-left

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Jeremy Corbyn is right to blame the banks, not Labour, for the financial crisis

While other candidates apologise for spending and borrowing too much, Corbyn’s take on austerity and party’s economic record adds up

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/09/jeremy-corbyn-labour-overspending-did-not-cause-financial-crisis

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Carillion secures place on major government outsourcing programme

The construction and facilities management operator will provide services under the new Facilities Management Services agreement

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/carillion-secures-place-major-government-9823067

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North East MEP Jude Kirton-Darling accuses Government of 'massive centralisation' over Euro cash

Decisions over £600m of European Regional Development Fund cash are now made in Whitehall and not the North East

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-mep-jude-kirton-9821609

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Beth Farhat column: Britain’s three million night workers need fair rights to work-life balance

"Unions don’t oppose night working, but argue that employers must properly consider and address the implications for staff"

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-opinion/beth-farhat-column-britains-three-9822290

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Support the National Gallery strikes while they’re still legal

Cameron’s trade union bill will obstruct the kind of justified protests seen at the art museum this week

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/11/support-national-gallery-strikes-unions-cameron-tradem-union-bill

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Students are dashing from A-levels into debt, fuelled by a fear of poverty

Teenagers getting their results this week have little choice but to scramble for a university place and face the huge debt now involved

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/aug/11/students-a-levels-clearing-university-education-poverty

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Sixth form colleges left on starvation rations by government cuts, says report

Survey on England’s 93 colleges shows class sizes rising, courses being dropped and seven out of 10 principals worried of inability to provide a quality education

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/aug/11/sixth-form-colleges-left-on-starvation-rations-by-government-cuts-says-report

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In Tory Britain, young people are having their future stolen

Vandalising sixth-form colleges is the latest in an onslaught on the aspirations of working-class youth

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/11/tory-britain-young-people-future-stolen-sixth-form

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Sex abuse charity funding crisis sees up to 10,000 in UK wait a year for help

Support groups and charities face closure due to financial constraints and more people coming forward in wake of historical sex abuse cases

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/11/sex-abuse-charity-funding-crisis

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Jeremy Corbyn would clear the deficit – but not by hitting the poor

Ignore the hysteria. Our plans to tax the very rich and reshape the economy are sound common sense

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/11/jeremy-corbyn-close-deficit-poor-labour-economy

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Ashington Football Club host TUC rally in support of Qatar World Cup workers

The Northumberland club hosted a rally in support of a campaign led by a national trade union the TUC ahead of its match with Penrith

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ashington-football-club-host-tuc-9836613

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George Osborne's spending cuts letter to civil servants angers North East unions

The Chancellor has written to public sector workers but unions says his appeal for help is 'insincere' amid soaring workloads and stress levels

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/george-osbornes-spending-cuts-letter-9784034

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NHS told to fill only essential vacancies due to 'almost unprecedented' finances

Health service regulator Monitor warns that current plans are ‘quite simply unaffordable’, as Labour attacks evidence of deteriorating NHS finances

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/04/nhs-told-to-fill-vacancies-only-where-essential-due-to-looming-funding-crisis

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Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him

Many of us share the Labour leadership frontrunner’s core beliefs, but tactically the best chance lies with Yvette Cooper

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/04/jeremy-corbyn-gamble-labour-future-yvette-cooper-best-chance

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Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters aren’t mad – they’re fleeing a bankrupt New Labour

Instead of mocking Corbynism those on Labour’s centre-left should develop a coherent political vision of their own

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/03/jeremy-corbyn-new-labour-centre-left

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NHS patients may face widescale charges, warns financial thinktank

Health budget must rise, or patient fees increase and services diminish, public finance institute warns ministers in bleak assessment of ‘short-term’ pledges

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/05/nhs-patients-may-face-widescale-charges-warns-financial-thinktank

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Benefit cuts mean this summer holiday has been even more hungry than usual

High demand for Scottish charities giving youngsters hot meals in the holidays shows the devastating impact of benefit cuts as parents struggle to feed their children while schools are shut

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/05/children-low-income-families-hungry-in-school-holidays-cant-afford-food

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Jeremy Corbyn has good chance of becoming Labour leader, says Grahame Morris

Supporters of Labour leadership candidate Mr Corbyn are delighted he is doing so well - but there is a backlash from his opponents

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/jeremy-corbyn-good-chance-becoming-9790812

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Public sector workers to lose right to have union fees deducted from wages

Up to 3.8 million workers will be affected by what government says is ‘outdated practice’ but unions say it is latest Tory assault on workers’ rights

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/06/public-sector-workers-stopped-automatically-union-subscriptions-pay-cheques

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Win or lose, Jeremy Corbyn has already changed the rules of the game

In six weeks, Labour’s outsider has forced anti-austerity on to the agenda and created a national movement

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/05/jeremy-corbyn-political-stitch-up-anti-austerity-labour

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One in six jobseekers have allowance stopped by DWP each year

Guardian research contradicts government claims that only a small minority of jobseekers have been affected by increasingly severe welfare policies

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/05/jobseekers-dole-guardian-research-government-welfare

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Benefit cut 'could make thousands of vulnerable young people homeless'

YMCA charity says plans to scrap housing benefit payments for jobless 18-21-year-olds could cause a steep rise in homelessness

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/04/housing-benefit-cut-thousands-vulnerable-young-people-homeless

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Fears North East colleges will close as MPs slam Government review as 'smokescreen' for cuts

A reform of post-16 education in the region could see fewer, bigger colleges - but sceptics fear the autumn review would hinder education prospectshttp://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/fears-north-east-colleges-close-9796331

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Britain’s rich are thrust into the future. The poor get kicked back into the past

Children and their parents relying on holiday food camps to eat – how can this be happening in 2015?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/28/rich-poor-children-parents-holiday-food-camps

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More than 2 million children in families struggling to pay for essentials – report

Below-inflation rises to child benefit and tax credits have led parents to cut spending on food, clothes or heat, says End Child Poverty group

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/22/more-than-2m-children-in-families-struggling-to-pay-for-essentials-report

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Benefit cuts to hit huge number of children, government figures show

Study identifies more than 330,000 youngsters who will lose out in policy that will take £300m out of pockets of affected families in first full year

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/20/benefit-cuts-to-hit-huge-number-of-children-government-figures-show?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

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George Osborne’s assault on welfare must not go unchallenged

With leaderless Labour in disarray, the chancellor thinks he can do as he damn well pleases. It could be a big mistake

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/21/george-osborne-welfare-labour-chancellor?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

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The Tories are callously redefining what it means to be sick or disabled

By cutting disability and sickness benefits the Conservatives’ welfare bill will worsen the lives of people who have little chance of finding another source of income

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/21/conservatives-redefining-sick-disabled-welfare-bill

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Beth Farhat column: Union bill is unfair, unnecessary and undemocratic

Regional secretary of the TUC says Government should allow online voting to increase participation in strike ballots

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-opinion/beth-farhat-column-union-bill-9685252

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Tories have redefined child poverty as not just about having no money

New definition will have moral, judgmental dimension, as campaigners say further stigmatising single parent families will do nothing to tackle the issue

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/01/tories-redefined-child-poverty-no-longer-finances?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

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Whitehall not permitted access to two thirds of outsourcing contracts – report

National Audit Office finds just 31% of public contracts by private firms are being properly scrutinised by government amid calls for more ‘open-book accounting’

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/01/whitehall-access-outsourcing-contracts-two-thirds?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

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David Cameron abolishes poverty, just like that

The prime minister is the most shameless practitioner of political mendacity – to be poor from now on will mean to be in need of correction, not cash

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/02/david-cameron-abolishes-poverty-poor

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Legal aid cuts will hurt vulnerable people, not ‘fatcat’ lawyers

As a lawyer, I have always treated legal aid and private clients equally. The extent of the cuts means I cannot honestly say if that is still true

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/02/legal-aid-cuts-vulnerable-fatcat-lawyers

 

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The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries

Fifty years ago, an international legal system was created to protect the rights of foreign investors. Today, as companies win billions in damages, insiders say it has got dangerously out of control

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/10/obscure-legal-system-lets-corportations-sue-states-ttip-icsid

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The case for radical change in Europe can’t be left to the nationalist right

Greece’s punishment and Cameron’s referendum games underline who really calls the shots in the EU

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/10/europe-nationalist-right-greece-cameron-referendum-eu

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Colombia's pipes to nowhere: villagers die of thirst as corruption stalls dam project

The Ranchería river has run dry after three years of intense drought, decades of overuse and a lifetime of public corruption in the province of La Guajira, one of Colombia’s poorest and most forgotten regions.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jun/18/colombia-water-drought-rancheria-corruption

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Cynical about the Tories redefining child poverty? You should be

The plan sounds reasonable, but the purpose is to whip up confusion at a time when the poor are about to get poorer

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/24/tories-redefining-child-poverty-cynical-poor

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By scapegoating Muslims, Cameron fuels radicalisation

Ministers foster terror with their wars. Now they attack liberties at home in the name of British values

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/24/scapegoating-muslims-cameron-radicalisation-terror-wars-liberties-british-values

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Child poverty does not only exist in a vacuum filled with hard-done-by urchins

David Cameron wants to redefine how we measure poverty. That won’t alter the fact that its rise is a direct consequence of his policies

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/24/child-poverty-direct-consequence-of-david-camerons-policies

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Tory plan to redefine child poverty as figures set to show first rise in decade

David Cameron’s cabinet discusses issue before statistics due to show increase to 2.5 million children in poverty – a figure he will say is not a true reflection

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/23/child-poverty-measures-figures-first-rise-in-decade

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Skivers and strivers: this 200–year–old myth won’t die

Vilification of the unemployed, by the government and the media, has a long and shameful heritage – expect the fallacy that welfare creates poverty to persist

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/23/skivers-strivers-200-year-old-myth-wont-die

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Tax credit cuts will hit North East hardest and increase child poverty

Reported Government tax credit cuts will affect more than half of North East families and increase child poverty

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/tax-credit-cuts-hit-north-9514175

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Anti-austerity protests: tens of thousands rally across UK

Between 70,000 and 150,000 estimated to have marched in central London, with demonstrations in Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/20/tens-thousands-rally-uk-protest-against-austerity

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Tory vilification campaign against the poor is so clever

David Cameron will oversee the worst child poverty record for a generation. Yet he is winning the public argument on cuts.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jun/11/tory-vilification-poor-child-poverty

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The NHS needs savings of £22bn? Only a magician could find that

The closures and mergers planned for our health service over the next three years will prove universally unpopular. Expect a huge outcry, even from Tories.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/09/nhs-22bn-savings-only-magician-could-find-that?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail

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North East devolution: Deal should include voting shake-up and see mayor faces scrutiny

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The Conservatives' devolution Bill, which would see power handed to the North East Combined Authority, has been debated in the House of Lords.

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/north-east-devolution-deal-should-9413616

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EU referendum: Conservative Party is 'tearing itself apart' over Europe, says Labour

The North East Chamber of Commerce called for David Cameron to minimise uncertainty as the Prime Minister is at loggerheads with backbenchers.

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/eu-referendum-conservative-party-tearing-9414027

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What if David Cameron is an evil genius?

The prime minister has successfully pursued an agenda more radical than Thatcher’s – and has managed it without anybody being terribly worried by him.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/01/david-cameron-moriarty-downing-street-radical-thatcher

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How far does Cameron want to shrink the state? Ask Barnet’s binmen

In this leafy Tory-run borough, council staff are fighting one of the most important battles in Britain today: the future of local services depends on it.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/01/cameron-shrink-state-barnet-future-local-services

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This battle will define us. We must protect our children from austerity

David Cameron knows how much his cuts damage young people, but imposes them anyway.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/25/children-austerity-david-cameron-cuts-young-people

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Look at the alternative Queen’s speech and wonder what might have been

A poor campaign, not bad policies, lost Miliband the election. The party’s ‘modernisers’ should take note.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/26/queens-speech-miliband

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Landlords enjoy £14bn tax breaks as figures reveal buy-to-let expansion

Shelter urges review of tax treatment of landlords as freedom of information request shows they declared £6.3bn against mortgage interest in 2012-13.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/26/landlords-14bn-tax-breaks-buy-to-let-expansion-mortgage-interest

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The British left must learn to speak a new language – Spanish

The victories for Podemos in Spain came after it abandoned rhetoric and reconnected with voters. Labour should listen.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/27/labour-spain-podemos-winning-streak-inspiring-people

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We are no longer paid what we are worth – just look at dog walkers

With some dog walkers now paid more than the average employee, it’s clear the days when pay was linked to effort, skill and the societal worth of a job are over.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/26/dog-walkers-average-employee-job

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On the edge: the working families who struggle to make ends meet

A new report tells the stories of people experiencing in-work poverty in Liverpool, with further cuts only set to make it worse

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/27/working-families-struggle-make-ends-meet-poverty-liverpool

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George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ project will devastate whole cities

Devolution within England is inevitable – but while Manchester may flourish, the chancellor’s grand plan offers little hope for smaller cities far from the global economic network.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/18/northern-powerhouse-cities-devolution-england-manchester-george-osborne

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Ukip looks hilarious. But soon we won’t be laughing

The party now poses a direct threat to Labour in its traditional heartlands. This should send a chill through the left

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/15/ukip-party-labour-heartlands-left

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Jon Cruddas: this could be the greatest crisis the Labour party has ever faced

The man who wrote his party’s manifesto is under no illusions about the task facing Labour. He believes his duty lies in being brutally honest about what it got wrong and what has to be done to save the party from the existential threat that some senior figures still refuse to recognise

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/16/labour-great-crisis-ever

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NHS England chief: cash shortages could hit plans for seven-day health service

Simon Stevens, appearing with the PM at his NHS speech, warns that other changes could take priority at a time of funding shortfalls

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/18/health-unions-threaten-to-strike-if-seven-day-nhs-means-pay-cuts

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Worried about education? Get stuck in and change it

We need new tactics to challenge the Conservatives on their schools policy. Here’s where we should start.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/17/worried-education-schools-policy

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The big lie of economic success may still not save the Tories

Conservative and Liberal Democrat pretensions of financial wizardry are absurd. They have failed even in their own terms.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/29/big-lie-economic-success-may-not-save-tories

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'Secret' Tory plans for £8bn in welfare cuts exposed by Danny Alexander

Lib Dem chief secretary accuses Tories of ‘trying to con the British people’ by concealing until after the election plans for major reforms to child benefits and child tax credits.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/29/danny-alexander-tory-plans-welfare-cuts-child-benefits

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GPs are exhausted, A&E is overrun and hospitals are broke. What went wrong?

Today we examine the NHS, and the claim that the coalition’s plan for market-based healthcare was based on a mistaken belief that doctors are driven by self-interest.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/30/nhs-gps-are-exhausted-ae-is-overrun-and-hospitals-are-broke-what-went-wrong

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Young people on Milibrand: did Brand's interview with Miliband work?

We asked young people whether they thought the Labour leader’s interview with the comedian would attract young voters or harm Miliband’s credibility.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/29/young-people-milibrand-russell-brand-ed-miliband-interview

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Ed Miliband says NHS faces a £2bn deficit in 2015

Labour leader says hospital trusts could have to make ‘swingeing cuts’ as he pushes to put health service at centre of election campaign.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/04/ed-miliband-nhs-labour-health-service-election

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Meet the invisibles – the wealthy and powerful at the heart of the Tory party

In the City I came face to face with the reclusive influencers within Cameron’s world. The experience showed me how profoundly divided our nation has become.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/05/wealthy-powerful-tory-party-city-cameron

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Labour reveals North East health trusts set to overspend by tens of millions of pounds  

Labour reveals North East health trusts are set to end the financial year tens of millions of pounds in the red.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/labour-reveals-north-east-health-9180086

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Recession rich: Britain's wealthiest double net worth since crisis

Richest 1,000 families control total of £547bn, rising by more than 112% since 2009, and own more than poorest 40% of British households

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/apr/26/recession-rich-britains-wealthiest-double-net-worth-since-crisis

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Life at the sharp end: five families hit by five years of austerity

The big issues. In the run-up to polling day we examine the key election battleground issues including education, immigration, health and the environment, starting with living standards. From a couple surviving on ever-changing benefits to graduates relying on night-shifts, no one is expecting a big improvement after the general election

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/27/life-at-the-sharp-end-five-families-hit-by-five-years-of-austerity

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How the Tories dehumanise low-paid families – or should I say ‘benefit units’

Forcing parents on the minimum wage to work more hours is removing their dignity

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/26/tories-low-paid-families-benefit-units-parents-minimum-wage

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Foodbank set up at Newcastle hospital after financial burden facing parents of premature children worsens

Frantic mums and dads face financial worries as they struggle to afford food while children fight for lives

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/foodbank-set-up-newcastle-hospital-9120931

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Labour pledges to end dependency on food banks with welfare reforms

Party is promising to scrap benefit sanctions and low pay culture that it believes is forcing people to turn to food banks

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/25/labour-promises-end-food-bank-dependency-welfare-reforms

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Labour, drop the benefits doublespeak and let’s hear your underdog-whistle

George Osborne’s callous benefits cuts are an open goal – for a party prepared to back its belief in the good welfare state

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/25/labour-underdog-whistle-osborne-callous-cuts-welfare-state

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16 North-East colleges unite to fight 'devastating' funding cuts

In an unprecedented move all 16 further education college principals in the North-East have united to oppose a 24 per cent cut in funding for adult learning announced by the Government.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11877184.16_North_East_colleges_unite_to_fight__devastating__funding_cuts/

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NHS agrees largest-ever privatisation deal to tackle backlog

Plan by NHS Supply Chain to deal with backlog of patients waiting for surgery and tests will see 11 companies paid £780m to diagnose and treat patients

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/12/nhs-agrees-largest-ever-privatisation-deal-to-tackle-backlog

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Living standards squeeze has hit young far harder than old

Whether you win or lose as average wages fluctuate depends on your income and how the government enacts further deficit cuts

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/12/living-standards-squeeze-has-hit-young-far-harder-than-old

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Report reveals North East among worst hit by Government cuts

Joseph Rowntree Foundation report shows deprived areas like the North East have suffered cuts six times higher than wealthier areas

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/report-reveals-north-east-among-8819667

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Labour's Jeremy Beecham says Vince Cable 'should be ashamed' of £320m RGF cash

Peer says Coalition has failed North East as region still has highest unemployment rate, but Lib Dems brand his analysis 'selective'

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/labours-jeremy-beecham-says-vince-8814150

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Jeremy Hunt visits East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital to discuss facility's future

Health secretary was met by demonstrators in Brotton who labelled his visit as 'ironic'

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/jeremy-hunt-visited-east-cleveland-8822400

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Protesters picket Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in east Cleveland

PROTESTORS branded the Health Secretary's visit to East Cleveland Hospital in Brotton a “cheek” just weeks before its minor injuries unit shuts.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11849315.Protesters_picket_Health_Secretary_Jeremy_Hunt_in_east_Cleveland/

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50% rise in long-term unemployment for young ethnic minority people in UK

Labour cites figures in attack on coalition for ‘abandonment’ of 16- to 24-year-olds from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to joblessness

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/10/50-rise-in-long-term-unemployed-youngsters-from-uk-ethnic-minorities

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Coalition Britain: after the teething problems, will universal credit work?

Supporters of the coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme are buoyant, but others question any conclusions, given the service has barely been tested

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/11/coalition-britain-after-the-teething-problems-will-universal-credit-work

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Half of single parents borrow to pay childcare costs, says charity

Gingerbread says many single-parent families under severe financial pressure, not helped by reduction in tax credit support

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/mar/11/single-parents-borrow-childcare-costs-gingerbread

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Iain Duncan Smith’s family values won’t help the poor

The Tories’ married couples’ allowance benefits a philanderer on his third wife, but those most in need miss out. It must rank as one of the most ill-conceived tax policies ever

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/10/iain-duncan-smith-family-values-married-couples-allowance-tax

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Government accused of breaking promises on NHS cancer treatment

Coalition has not delivered extra radiotherapy machines, and timetables on bowel cancer tests and proton beam therapy centres have slipped, says Labour

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/09/government-accused-breaking-promises-nhs-cancer-treatment

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Labour won’t let David Cameron turn the UK into little Britain

We’ll challenge the mood engendered by Cameron’s desire to appease isolationist Tories – and put foreign policy back on track

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/09/labour-david-cameron-britain-isolationist-foreign-policy

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TTIP must not allow companies to sue EU countries for environmental laws, say MPs

Committee calls for European countries to retain right to protect the environment with impunity in negotiations for EU-US trade deal

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/10/ttip-must-not-allow-companies-to-sue-eu-countries-for-environmental-laws-say-mps

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TTIP must not allow companies to sue EU countries for environmental laws, say MPs

Committee calls for European countries to retain right to protect the environment with impunity in negotiations for EU-US trade deal

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/10/young-and-low-paid-workers-in-uk-most-vulnerable-to-interest-rate-rise

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Newcastle City Council passes £40m budget cuts despite protests

Newcastle City Council has agreed to slash £40m from its budget, meaning changes to Sure Start and Family Services

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-city-council-passes-40m-8773262

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Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour

Catherine McKinnell says 'chaotic and total mismanagement' of move from RDAs to LEPs to blame for delay to £724m European Commission cash

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/gap-european-funding-could-body-8770966

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How Yarmouk refugee camp became the worst place in Syria

Yarmouk, near the centre of Damascus, prospered as a safe haven for Palestinians. Under siege, it is now a prison for its remaining residents, who survive on little food and water, with no hope of escape

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/mar/05/how-yarmouk-refugee-camp-became-worst-place-syria 

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Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment: Austerity 1945-51 and 2010- review – an elegant demolition of the chancellor’s policies

By comparing Britain in 2010 with the postwar years of his childhood, William Keegan demolishes the coalition’s arguments for austerity economics

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/01/osborne-economic-experiment-austerity-1945-51-2010-elegant-demolition-chancellor-policies

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Why more men should fight for women’s rights

To end the harm inflicted by aggressive masculinity men must embrace feminism – without stealing it

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/24/men-women-masculinity-feminism

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Almost 700,000 people in UK have zero-hours contract as main job

Figures show staff deals with no guaranteed hours have risen 26% since last year with number of such contracts jumping from 1.4m in 2013 to 1.8m

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/25/zero-hours-contract-rise-staff-figures

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Figures reveal 28,000 of people in the North East on zero hour contracts for their main job

Campaigners fear the real number could be much higher and accuse the Government of cultivating a low pay culture

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/figures-reveal-28000-people-north-8721509

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EXCLUSIVE: Plans revealed to expand Darlington and Durham A&E departments

HEALTH bosses have revealed plans to “significantly” expand capacity at under pressure accident and emergency departments in the North-East.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11819525.EXCLUSIVE__Plans_revealed_to_expand_Darlington_and_Durham_A_E_departments/?ref=mr

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The bishops’ letter to British politicians is a true act of leadership

This is a challenge to both left and right to develop a more generous politics and public conversation. As leader of Labour’s policy review, I’ve learned a lot from it

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/23/bishops-letter-political-leadership-challenge-labour-policy-review

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Miliband’s hands are clean, but the Rifkind and Straw sting may still hurt

The Labour leader has a far better record on lobbying than the Tories do. Yet to alienated voters ‘they’re all the same’

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/24/miliband-clean-rifkind-straw-sting-lobbying

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West Midlands police face swingeing cuts

Expected reduction of 2,500 frontline officers would shrink force to smallest in its 40-year history – back to 1974 levels

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/22/west-midlands-police-face-swingeing-cuts

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Every vote could make a difference on May 7 - and too many are being lost

Labour MEP for the North East Paul Brannen says voter turnout is under threat at what could be one of the tightest elections ever

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/opinion/every-vote-could-make-difference-8699238

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North East jobs: Almost a third of jobs in some areas paying less than living wage, says TUC

The TUC study reveals that Berwick-upon-Tweed, Newcastle North and North West Durham top the list of living wage blackspots

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-jobs-third-jobs-8695714

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Time is running out for voters to wake up to the Tories’ cataclysmic plans

George Osborne’s promised £50bn of cuts will have a disastrous effect on everything from NHS care to basic council services. Why isn’t Labour shouting about it?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/19/voters-tories-george-osborne-cuts-nhs-labour

 

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A&E meltdown forces thousands of operations to be cancelled

Britain’s surgeons warn of patient misery as hospitals struggle to cope with demand

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/10/a-and-e-doctors-warn-patient-misery-planned-surgery

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Who dares confront Jeremy Hunt, NHS bully-in-chief?

The climate of fear is created by the health secretary. It’s no wonder doctors and other frontline staff increasingly feel like quitting.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/17/jeremy-hunt-nhs-bully-in-chief-health-secretary-staff

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David Cameron wants you to believe he’s the workers’ friend. Don’t fall for it

Average wages have decreased in real terms under the present government. Expect more of the same – and worse – if the Tories are re-elected

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/16/david-cameron-workers-friend

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It’s time to cure the cancer of inequality

The answer lies in how we help and encourage young people. Even something as simple as showing them how to shake hands can make a difference

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/14/time-to-cure-cancer-of-inequality

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Osborne advised using financial loopholes to avoid tax and care costs

Labour accuses chancellor of ‘political evasion’ as 2003 video surfaces of then backbencher advising TV viewers to use ‘clever financial products’ to avoid tax

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/16/osborne-advised-using-financial-loopholes-to-avoid-tax-and-care-costs

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Unemployed will have to do community work under Tories, says Cameron

Eighteen-to-21-year-olds who have not had a job for six months will lose benefits unless they start apprenticeship or complete community work, Cameron to say

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/17/unemployed-will-have-to-do-community-work-under-tories-says-cameron

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NHS workers in Gosforth face axe amid plans to close Newcastle office

Staff left 'hurt' as consultation begins into loss of 62 posts at NHS England's Tyneside office, for 'efficiencies and care'

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/nhs-workers-gosforth-face-axe-8659937

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North East pay has dropped by £30-a-week since 2010 - Northern TUC

It comes as more than 4,000 North East families still rely on housing benefit to make ends meet as their income is so low

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/north-east-pay-dropped-30-a-week-8650316

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NHS England isn’t even pretending it will pilot the ‘new models of care’

It’s good to know if a policy works before it is rolled out, yet NHS England doesn’t see the need to try out new projects as part of its Five Year Forward View

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/18/nhs-england-new-models-of-care-no-piloting-early-adopters

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The women suffering for your Valentine's Day flowers

Behind the millions of imported flowers we buy every year is a mostly female workforce subjected to low pay and poor conditions

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/feb/12/the-women-suffering-for-your-valentines-day-flowers

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1.4 million women suffered domestic abuse last year, ONS figures show

Office for National Statistics survey shows that rates remain stubbornly high, while violent crime more generally continues to fall

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/12/14-million-women-suffered-domestic-abuse-last-year-ons-figures-show

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The patients who can’t leave hospital – as no one will make a profit

Elderly and disabled becoming ‘bedblockers’, despite wanting to go home, as private care firms refuse to take on their cases

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/07/patients-hospital-elderly-bedblockers-care-

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Corporate feasting will devour the NHS

This A&E crisis will seem small beer if Cameron gets to carry out his cuts and privatisation plans

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/08/nhs-emergency-crisis-corporate-feasting-cameron-privatisation

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'Selling off NHS for profit': Full list of MPs with links to private healthcare firms

PM David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Lib Dems Nick Clegg and Vince Cable are also on the list - here is the full rundown. Is your MP on there?

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/selling-nhs-profit-full-list-4646154#ICID=sharebar_twitter

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The Secret Doctor: A&E is run on pure fear – how much more can we take?

New year means new pressures on hospital emergency departments – we soldier on, but something has got to give

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/07/secret-doctor-aande-pure-fear-hospitals-nhs

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Plea to end zero hour contracts

A stepfather's impassioned plea to end the use of zero-hour contracts has become an internet hit after his stepson was forced leave his rented home when he could no longer cover the rent.

www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11700375.Plea_to_end_zero_hour_contracts_becomes_an_internet_hit/

www.facebook.com/video.php?v=902752659737872&set=vb.238973329449145&type=2&theater

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Farage v the facts: the truth about foreign doctors

Nigel Farage has stated that GPs’ poor language skills and overseas training are political scandals. He clearly has a lot to learn

 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/06/nigel-farage-doctors-uk-dont-speak-good-english

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Power without purpose: the tragic rule of David Cameron

The prime minister rose without ideological trace. Whatever the election result, he seems likely to disappear the same way

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/06/power-without-purpose-david-cameron-prime-minister-general-election

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£250m: What Durham council must cut by 2019

THE North-East’s biggest council expects to have to cut its spending by more than quarter of a billion pounds by 2019, it announced today (Tuesday, January 6).

 http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11705310.__250m__What_Durham_council_must_cut_by_2019/

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Childcare costs in the North East 'cancel out wages'

One in five North families see one earner's wages used solely to cover childcare costs, research has suggested

 http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/childcare-costs-north-east-cancel-8391849

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Government rejects call for emergency summit to tackle A&E crisis

Conservative spokesman dismisses Labour suggestion as an attempt to generate headlines rather than propose solution

 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/07/government-rejects-call-emergency-summit-a-and-e-crisis

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Hospital A&E waiting times hit worst level on record

NHS England figures show just 83.1% of patients were treated within the four-hour target in week before Christmas

 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/06/hospital-a-and-e-waiting-times-worst-record-nhs-england

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George Osborne’s dossier on Labour election pledges is distinctly dodgy

Chancellor’s criticism of opposition spending plans while running £90bn deficit shows politics is as much about perception as fact

 http://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2015/jan/05/george-osborne-dossier-labour-election-pledges-distinctly-dodgy

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The NHS can’t survive without payment for frontline treatments

Rationing supply of care by payment may offend tradition, but rationing by chaos is cruel

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/06/nhs-cant-survive-without-payment-frontline-treatments

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Labour claims Tories would destroy the NHS as election campaign begins in earnest

The performance of North East Ambulance service came under the spotlight as parties clashed over health and public finances

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/labour-claims-tories-would-destroy-8387086

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NHS spends 640 million on management consultants

The NHS spent £640 million on private sector management consultants in 2014, up from £313 million in 2010.

http://www.consultancy.uk/news/1240/nhs-spends-640-million-on-management-consultants

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Austerity cuts will bite even harder in 2015 – another £12bn will go

During five years of austerity, Britain has not experienced the wave of protest seen in other countries. That could change – this is a pivotal year in the race to reshape the nature of the state

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/01/austerity-cuts-2015-12-billion-britain-protest

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Right-of-centre ideology has lost us the war in Afghanistan and much more besides

The ignominious retreat from Afghanistan is emblematic of a wider malaise that is afflicting Britain today

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/28/rightwing-ideology-lost-britiain-war-afghanistan-and-is-destroying-state-and-country

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All over the world, the challenge to the old order is growing

The powers that be will fight back against attempts to change the status quo, economically or globally

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/01/challenge-to-old-order-growing

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Miliband rubbishes Tory accusations about ‘uncosted’ Labour spending plans

Labour leader describes election as a once-in-a-generation choice as Tories line up big-hitters to overshadow his speech

 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/05/miliband-rubbishes-tory-claims-uncosted-labour-spending-general-election

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Millions fear missing January’s rent or mortgage payments, says Shelter

Interest rate rise would put many more in trouble, with almost 60% saying they are already struggling to meet housing costs

 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/05/missing-rent-mortgage-payments-shelter-interest-rate-housing-costs

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Put more money in or face public backlash, says NHS chief

Simon Stevens calls for end to ‘boom-bust’ approach as Labour claims NHS cannot survive another five years of the Tories

 http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/05/put-more-money-in-or-face-public-backlash-says-nhs-chief

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Newcastle City Council could make £7m when they auction off their assets

The cash-strapped Newcastle City Council is selling off land, industrial units, car parks and former offices in a bid to claw back money.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-city-council-could-make-8299640

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Reality of £40m Newcastle City Council cuts lands as future of Sure Start services is revealed

Newcastle City Council reveal which Sure Start facilities and centres will close today - as 27 jobs are axed from Family Services.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/reality-40m-newcastle-city-council-8300054

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The Tories’ plan for poor people: stop them breeding

Iain Duncan Smith’s call for ‘behavioural change’ revives an old party trope of sneering at the lower orders.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/16/tories-poor-people-iain-duncan-smith-behavioural-change

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Mayor push is a Tory 'smokescreen' to destroy local government, says MP

Blaydon's Dave Anderson said George Osborne is launching a "direct attack" on Labour councillors and region should "give him the cold shoulder".

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/mayor-push-tory-smokescreen-destroy-8279775

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'Devastating' number of North East people on zero-hours contracts, says TUC

The TUC says 52,000 people - enough to fill St James' Park - across the region are employed on the controversial contracts.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/devastating-number-north-east-people-8289741

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Labour attacks NHS England’s Christmas ‘news blackout’

Decision not to publish key performance data over festive period will leave people in the dark, says Andy Burnham

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/18/labour-nhs-england-christmas-news-blackout

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George Osborne gambles on spending cuts despite slip in voter support

Labour opens five-point poll lead as the chancellor insists he will hit £23bn surplus by 2020 by shrinking public services.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/17/george-osborne-spending-cuts-gamble-falling-tory-support

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Region's police forces hit by bigger-than-expected funding cuts.

The region’s police forces have been hit by bigger-than-expected cuts after their budgets were “top-sliced” to pay for other Home Office priorities. .

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11673747.Region_s_police_forces_hit_by_bigger_than_expected_funding_cuts/

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Tory election win would 'end local council services', Labour council leader claims

Another Tory-led government would spell the end of local services as we know them, a Labour council leaderhas claimed.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11673518.Tory_election_win_would__end_local_council_services___Labour_council_leader_claims/

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Thousands of working families forced to depend on charity handouts this Christmas

Organisers of festive hampers for low-income households say the numbers receiving help are higher than ever.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/10/thousands-working-families-christmas-charity-handouts-food-banks

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Choice in public services is a myth exploited by big corporations

‘Quasi-monopoly’ companies such as G4S and Serco win government contracts as they can squeeze out the little guys. Where’s the choice in that?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/10/choice-public-services-myth-big-corporations

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Institute for Fiscal Studies criticises Osborne’s pursuit of tax cuts

Leading independent tax and spending analyst says plans to shrink spending could change public sector beyond recognition.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/09/fiscal-studies-thinktank-public-spending-tax-cuts-criticism

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Revealed: how the wealth gap holds back economic growth

The west’s leading economic thinktank on Tuesday dismissed the concept of trickle-down economics as it found that the UK economy would have been more than 20% bigger had the gap between rich and poor not widened since the 1980s.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/09/revealed-wealth-gap-oecd-report

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Ignore the flaws. For only Labour can beat the Tories

Osborne’s strategy will bring ideological shrink-the-state brutality. We need to stop this however we can.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/09/labour-tories-vote-osborne

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Alan Milburn: Tide of economic growth is a 'failure' if social inequality is not tackled

The man tasked with leading a charge to eradicate poverty said the next Government must do more to close the gap between the north and south.

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/north-east-analysis/analysis-news/alan-milburn-tide-economic-growth-8242126

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Boom time - for food banks

The growth of food banks in the North-East rose sharply around three years ago as the Government’s biting austerity measures began to take hold on some of the poorest in society.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11653381.Boom_time___for_food_banks/


 

New on Site

23/03/2017

Training

New courses for members and stewards.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/12

Inflation leaps to 3.2%

More regulation of gig economy needed

Appalling risk of suicides in construction

Fat cats — the great pay divide

Racist abuse after Brexit vote

Lack of diversity at top in Wales


22/03/2017

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.


18/03/2017

Regional Disabled Members Group

Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.

Misogyny as a Hate Crime

Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/11

Swings and scooters of inflation basket

No real improvement in weekly earnings

Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage

Zero-hours contracts at record high

Unemployment falls below 1.6 million


12/03/2017

AGM 2017

Agenda and annual report.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/10

Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget

Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data

Company merger and acquisitions in 2016

Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high

GMB take on DX delivery firm

Former chancellor's nice big earner

Charter to stop violence at work


03/03/2017

March/Rally for Durham Teaching Assistants

Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.

LGBT Policy weekend

Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.

HOPE Not Hate Event

A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division.  18 March 2017.

NE People’s Assembly

March calendar of events and activities.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/9

Trade Union Act regs come into force

Gender pension gap leaves women short

Violence at work — the nasty truth

Bookseller's £7m salary

Money purchase pension are norm

British Gas denied appeal in Lock case

Government fails in ethnicity review


01/03/2017

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.

Retired members

Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.


24/02/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in February.

Workers Memorial Day

Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.


23/02/2017

Labour Research Department Fact 79/8

Government green paper on pensions

A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay

Employers — don't miss out on talent

Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff

Economic growth revised upwards

Work fears of disabled people revealed

In the papers

Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us

NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East


22/02/2017

Labour Research Department Fact 79/7

Minimum wage cheats named and shamed

Inflation hits three-year high

Unemployment at 11-year low

Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings

In the papers

Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?

English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'

North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region

North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises

UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show

The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense

Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival

Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week

Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?

Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move

UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall

Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns

Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’

Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum

Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC

There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid

Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'

Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess


12/02/2017

Disabled Members Policy Weekend

Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.

Members training

Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017

Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017

Reps training

Regional Education Calendar 2017

In the papers

A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests

Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?

Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'

It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts

More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals

Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting

TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?

Labour Research Department Fact 79/6

Review of tribunal fees finally published

Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices

Insecure work on rise

Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million


05/02/2017

Affiliations and donations

A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.


07/02/2017

In the papers

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs

Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says

Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’

Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts

'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration

Labour Research Department Fact 79/5

Racism at work

Economy grows but there's a shortfall

Advice on gender pay gap from Acas

Tories offer no solution on discrimination

Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools

UNIMAG 33

A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.


06/02/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in January.


27/01/2017

Young Members

Northern Region Young Members AGM

Black Members

UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.

LV Car Insurance

Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.


26/01/2017

North East March and Rally for #ourNHS

In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.

Branch Committee

Papers for the meeting on 6 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/4

Death by a thousand fire service cuts

Guidance on stress

Modern-day slave traders jailed

Fees let bad bosses get off scot free

Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017

Get tough on pay, says pension funds


22/01/2017

Women's Network AGM

Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.

Disabled Members

Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.

Members training

Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/3

Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act

Inflation rates at highest since 2014

Retail inflation eating into earnings growth

UK unemployment at nine-year low

In the Papers

Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says

May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal

NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service

Politicians have ignored the working class for too long

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial

Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act


15/01/2017

Anne Frank Trust Exhibition

UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition. 

Labour Research Department Fact 79/2

Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint

TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights

Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage

High street store fined over safety

Manufacturing output edges higher

Child poverty briefing


13/01/2017

Branch Lottery

Winners in December.


06/01/2017

The Trade Union Act and UNISON's Political Fund

Consultation on political fund review: December-January

Reading Ahead

We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.

Trade Union Reps courses

Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.

Northern Region Training Programme

UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.

Labour Research Department Fact 79/1

'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff

Plans for a Universal Basic Income

2017 — economic forecasts for year

'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone

Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts

UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse

UK economic growth revised upwards