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(1702) How Mega Millions And Powerball Jackpots Grew So Large - YouTube
1. easy hidden tax source through poor (90%) - subsidising education, or sports in case of UK
2. poverty tax
3. exempt from advertising law - consumer protection
4. shifting tax burden on poor
Lottery  ethics  regressive  taxation  gambling  monopoly 
june 2019 by asterisk2a
(1823) How a new aristocracy's segregation puts stress on society - YouTube
see book Dream Hoarders
the bottom 90% lost money. the 9% kept pace, the 1% escaped
inequality feeds on itself. the larger it gets the more hardened it gets.
also - like marries like! concentrates wealth further
gated communities - Dream Hoarders
america got a postcode lottery as well
Individual actions add up
natural progression from gated to gated and armed communities.
&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXJCcYZFA3c - Where you grow up matters in an unequal economy. Here’s how.
USA  inequality  class  book  1%  Professionals  Education  Millionaires  Dream  Hoarders  Erben  mobility  inherited  wealth  inheritance  aristocracy  American  social  status  postcode  lottery  America  Sociology  Bias  Gesellschaft  Psychology  prejudice  bigotry 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Revealed: legal aid cuts forcing parents to give up fight for children | Law | The Guardian
Ex-minister says cuts went too far, as Guardian investigation shows wide-ranging impact [...] “draconian”. Protracted austerity since 2012 has reduced funding by about £950m a year in real terms, causing an alarming rise in the number of people forced to represent themselves. [...] Prevented hundreds of thousands of people from pursuing justice in other areas such as housing, debt, employment, clinical negligence, immigration, welfare payments and education. [...] “What saved the courts from chaos is that [the government also] cut police funding. If you restored funding to the police and they caught and prosecuted more [suspects], the courts would be in desperate trouble.” &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/how-legal-aid-cuts-filled-family-courts-with-bewildered-litigants &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/strain-of-legal-aid-cuts-showing-in-family-housing-and-immigration-law &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/26/legal-aid-how-has-it-changed-in-70-years &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/27/its-completely-wrong-falsely-accused-tory-mp-attacks-legal-aid-cuts &! https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/dec/27/secret-barrister-legal-aid-the-rule-law-cuts
UK  Austerity  injustice  inequality  LegalAid  legal  aid  poverty  Police  prison  Probation  Privatisation  postcode  lottery 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
Former social mobility chief condemns government record | Society | The Guardian
Former social mobility chief condemns government record
Alan Milburn says ministers lack ability and willingness to deliver on ‘crunch issue for our country’
UK  social  income  mobility  inequality  poverty  trap  Super  Rich  1%  London  No  Representation  BAME  Brexit  postcode  lottery  education  policy  Austerity 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
(5400) Aufstieg oder Abstieg? | Exakt | MDR - YouTube
https://youtu.be/Zwht_rM_zqU // Herkunfts bestimmt, weil Herkunft laesst sich nicht abschuetteln. "Habitus" in Soziologie genannt. ... Socialism - Ganztagsgesamtschulen ... // Granulare Gesellschaft Granularer Lebenslauf
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january 2018 by asterisk2a
Is the property ladder just a myth? | Money | The Guardian
a national ill-guided unfortune (for all in aggregate) bringing obsession. its a bubble. its heavily subsidizes. its political. it suck resources out of the "productive" economy. its a monopoly oligopoly duopoly vested interest industry. no consumer rights. and what is build is sub par compared to europe. UK is known for its bad quality house among EU expats. // The theory is that a couple owning a starter home and considering children could afford to move into a bigger property – but with household income falling, that idea is increasingly unrealistic
UK  housing  crisis  productivity  underinvestment  malvestment  bubble  economic  history  Politics  social  income  mobility  lottery  gini  Coefficient  postcode  parents 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Give teachers in poorer schools subsidised housing – MPs | Education | The Guardian
“Despite all the changes in education policy over the years – under governments of all persuasions – inequality in our school system has sadly remained a constant,” Clegg said before the report’s launch. “It is simply unacceptable that poorer children are generally taught by less experienced teachers and that their life chances are shaped by the postcode in which they live. - https://twitter.com/minoritybeef/status/885660654534787072
esteem  education  policy  NHS  teaching  value  public  UK  Brexit  society  Ofsted  PISA  Enlightenment  Humboldt  postcode  lottery  social  income  mobility  Deprivation  poverty  trap  Precariat  class  war  Austerity  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Privatisation  Free  Schools  Academy  University  tutoring 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Leak shows 'devastating' impact of planned NHS cuts in London | Society | The Guardian
“capped expenditure process” [...] “Some of the proposals could challenge fundamental expectations shared by NHS staff and the public about what the health service is there to provide. We can not do that without a full and proper debate”, said Saffron Cordery, the organisation’s director of policy and strategy.
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Postcode lottery of cancer survival exposed by health inequalities report (From HeraldScotland)
MEN with prostate cancer living in the most deprived communities in Scotland are nearly twice as likely to die from the illness as those in the most affluent postcodes, according to new research exposing the "cancer survival gap" between rich and poor patients.

Analysis of the six most common cancers - including prostate, breast, head and neck, colorectal, liver and lung cancer - found that the risk of death was anything from 28 to 98 per cent higher in deprived areas depending on the type.
NHS  Deprivation  post  code  lottery  Scotland  England  poverty  GP  public  health  sick  population 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Independent research exposes Tory schools funding lie - YouTube
hidden cuts to education. shrinking real terms bc of inflation. some schools consider running either even bigger classes +30 or 4 day school week. // schools budget overall protected, but not from inflation.
UK  Austerity  education  policy  Ofsted  JAM  post  code  lottery  Tories  spin  doctor  poverty  trap  working  poor  Precariat  youth  unemployment  technological  social  mobility  income  downward  Gini  Coefficient  nasty  party  Conservative  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Dear Nicola, I voted Yes, I think you're great, but I'm #NoVotesSNP
Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities. [...] Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities.This was no home at all. This was an open-plan torture chamber where deprivation, in the truest sense of the word, was the absolute default position. A home where poverty had not only corrupted people, but left them grotesquely deformed. [...] There is no pragmatism where inequality is concerned. There is only action and inaction. If you can't make an argument for slightly higher taxes to a class of educated people who are fortunate enough to be doing well in a terminally unequal society then I already know what is required of me as a citizen. [...] She died because she happened to be born into poverty. And we grieved for her death while growing up poor. Now her ghost follows all of us wherever we go.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Every English school to become an academy, ministers to announce | Education | The Guardian
Education bill, set to be published within days, will take every single school in England out of local government control, Legislation to turn every school in England into an academy independent of local authority control will be unveiled in the budget on Wednesday. Draft leglislation, to be published possibly as early as Thursday, will begin the process of implementing a pledge made by David Cameron in his conference speech last autumn. The prime minister said his “vision for our schooling system” was to place education into the hands of headteachers and teachers rather than “bureaucrats”. [...] accountability and oversight falls on to Whitehall alone. [...] “no evidence to suggest that academisation in and of itself leads to school improvement”. [...] Concerns have already been raised about whether there would be enough good sponsors to take on schools.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget cuts pose 'serious danger' to education standards - Press and Journal
There is a “serious danger” that severe budget cuts will mean that schools will not be able to maintain their current standards of education, headteachers have warned. Schools across England are being forced to cut courses, equipment and books, increase class sizes and make redundancies amid a continuing squeeze on finances, according to the Association
education  policy  attainment  gap  post  code  lottery  social  mobility  austerity  staff  morale  staff  shortage  income  mobility  deprivation  UK  Tories  Nicky  Morgan  Michael  Gove  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  poverty  trap  child  poverty  food  poverty  child  care  tax  credit  working  tax  credit  child  tax  credit  apprenticeships 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
House of Lords votes to keep income-related child poverty measures | Society | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine poverty! ] Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, announced the proposals in July, prompting dismay among child poverty charities. He said the government would scrap its measurement of child poverty and the aim to eradicate it by 2020, while replacing it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction. Under his plans, the old measurement, based on the percentage of households with below-average income, would continue to be published as a government statistic but would no longer be seen as a target. However, peers voted by 290 to 198 to keep the targets, in a move to prompt the House of Commons to think again. [...] [ TRICKLE-DOWN! ] David Freud, the welfare minister, opposed the amendment on behalf of the government, saying “life chances” indicators were a better way of monitoring what was happening and of directing resources most effectively to tackle the problem.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Tooth decay still on the rise among English children - BBC News
figures [are] "disappointing". [C]hildren in England drank more sugary drinks than anywhere in Europe. "Even though people understand the impact of a sugary diet so many children have advanced tooth decay - a highly preventable disease," said Ms Hurley. "We are also creating a legacy of obesity and significant health problems. "If we are to get serious about tackling this then prevention is the key," she added. [...] Prof Nigel Hunt from the Royal College of Surgeons said: "An almost 10% increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extraction due to decay over a four-year period is unacceptable." "The need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital." He also said that poor oral health education was another reason for the rise. 'Deprivation correlation' [...] "As deprivation increases so does the rate of tooth extraction."
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Secondary school places for all 'undeliverable', councils warn - BBC News
[ planning taken out of hands of councils ] [ first the teachers strike (2014), then the doctors strike (2015/2016) - bit.ly/1T3QTfc ] The legal duty of councils in England to ensure that every child has a school place could soon become undeliverable, local authorities have warned. With a population bulge about to hit secondary schools, councils want powers to open new maintained schools and to compel academies to expand. Thousands of children are due to hear on Tuesday which secondary school they will attend from September. However the government says the warning amounts to "scaremongering". The population bulge which has put primary schools under pressure will start hitting secondary schools this year, according to official figures. Last year councils had to provide 2,740,000 secondary school places, but this will rise to 3,287,000 by 2024, the figures predict.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Sir Tom Hunter: Education reform needs 'open mind' - BBC News
attainment gap - The attainment gap is where children from poorer neighbourhoods do worse at school than those from better off areas. He found that good leadership and innovation were two key areas to tackling this problem. // money for more assistant teachers, better teachers, and school lunches? and counselling for children and parents?
education  policy  income  mobility  social  mobility  post  code  lottery  Gini  coefficient  austerity  fairness  Generationengerechtigkeit  UK  PISA  child  poverty  poverty  trap  deprivation  Perspektivlosigkeit 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC One - My Baby, Psychosis and Me
post code lottery for proper right suitable treatment
NHS  mental  health  mental  illness  austerity  health  inequality  post  code  lottery 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
GPs call for more Scottish government funding - BBC News
GPs have lost out on £1.6bn of investment over the last 10 years, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland. It claims there have been "cumulative cuts" to general practice's share of NHS Scotland spending over a decade. The RCGP Scotland is lobbying for general practice to receive 11% of the Scottish NHS budget. But ministers insisted GP funding had increased each year under the SNP administration. The RCGP said Scots had lost about 4.5 million consultations per year over 10 years and called for the Scottish government to stop the decline in funding. Opposition parties also hit out at the "staggering level of underinvestment" in community health. //&! Labour and the SNP trade claims over hospital waiting times - bbc.in/1VArMON
GP  OAP  ageing  population  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  NHS  NHS  Scotland  austerity  NHS  England  A&E  sick  population  health  crisis  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  staff  morale  locum  staff  staff  shortage  prevention  intervention  post  code  lottery 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rural schools failing poor children compared to inner city - BBC News
[ higher tax base, higher spend / lower tax base, lower spend. there have to be subsidies for poorer areas to get quality teachers and the numbers # and up to standard school rooms. // South UK and rest UK difference. ] According to the 2015 figures from Ofsted, the schools regulator, 45% of pupils in Birmingham from poorer backgrounds achieved five GCSEs, grades A*- C, including English and maths. That compared with 35% in Worcestershire and 32% in Shropshire. Laura Fitzjohn, from Ofsted, said councils were shocked when shown the figures, and realised there was more they could do to improve the situation. //&! Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests. - bbc.in/1RNG1kd
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Alzheimer: Warum für uns das Demenz-Risiko sinkt - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ HEALTH INEQUALITY! & FOOD POVERTY - correlation ] Die Bevölkerung wird älter, also steigt auch die Zahl der Demenzkranken. Doch Forscher haben festgestellt: Für den Einzelnen ist das Risiko heute niedriger. Woran liegt das? [...] Allerdings sank das Risiko nur für jene Teilnehmer, die einen Schulabschluss oder einen höheren Bildungsgrad hatten. [...] Dass es trotzdem Grund zur Hoffnung gibt, könnte auch an einer besseren Behandlung von Bluthochdruck liegen. Dieser Fortschritt trägt laut Langa dazu bei, dass das Demenzrisiko des Einzelnen sinkt. Man nimmt an, dass Bluthochdruck unter anderem zu Hirnverletzungen führen und dadurch eine Demenz fördern kann. [ no, see nutritionfacts. it's heart disease ] [...] Für viele Krankheiten gilt: Einen Großteil der gewonnenen Lebenszeit sind Menschen von Krankheiten geplagt, länger zu leben heißt vor allem länger krank zu sein.
dementia  Alzheimer  public  health  policy  health  inequality  post  code  lottery  public  health  food  poverty  sick  population  health  crisis  premature  ageing  premature  death  ageing  population  babyboomers  epidemiology  bilingual  heart  disease  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  health  care  budget  health  care  spending 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Can Liverpool's new hospital make the whole city healthier – and wealthier? | Cities | The Guardian
Jackson also says the trust is working hard to reduce the length of time patients – especially older people – will stay in the hospital. In part by helping people to stay at home for longer and return home more quickly. “Gerontologists will tell you that a 60-year-old who spends 14 nights in hospital will age 10 years,” Jackson says. Speeding up the time it takes to generate results such as ultrasounds will also reduce the time all patients have to spend in the hospital. [...] Despite the city’s fortunes improving in recent years, Liverpool is still one of the most deprived areas of the country [...] while the average household income is £22,787 – £14,000 lower than the national average (pdf) – and four in 10 children live in low income households – more than double the national average.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS mental health funding falls in England - FoI figures - BBC News
[ minority of patients. Can't do that with cancer treatment! Public sentiment would rip you apart. ] Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15. This compares to a rise of 2.6% in hospital trusts' operating budgets, according to analysis by the Health Foundation think-tank. The Department of Health said mental health care funding overall was rising. In the year to April 2016 the budget for mental health trusts was projected to rise just 0.3%. Of the 53 out of 59 mental health trusts in England which responded to the FOI request, 29 said their budget would be lower this year than last. [...] funding is not keeping pace - and many are facing cuts. [...] In Scotland, mental health spending was up just 0.1% last year, and down a projected 0.4% this year. [...] money increasingly is getting sucked in to meet their rising costs, [ diet-related and chronic preventable diseases ] & bbc.in/243Y4Yp
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Police drop Kids Company abuse investigation | UK news | The Guardian
[ were they led to believe? who put in the claims? was it from the top? to make the problem go away finally, forever? - bit.ly/1TZqe2k ] Scotland Yard says no evidence was found to justify referring allegations of physical and sexual abuse to prosecutors //&! - Kids Company founder says 'malicious' child abuse claims led to closure Camila Batmanghelidjh says exemplary charity was overwhelmed with demand and tells Guardian of her anger at betrayal of children, staff and donors - bit.ly/1P0td50 //&! Kids Company debacle raises questions about social work reforms. David Cameron and Michael Gove were strong supporters of the failed charity. Can their new direction on child protection really be trusted? - http://bit.ly/1VclPr5 //&! Social workers aren't failing the system – the system is failing them The government’s focus on overhauling social workers’ education will not address the problems of recruitment and retention - bit.ly/1Qbcf7t & bit.ly/1WdmPKZ &! bit.ly/1SNuoLD
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicky Morgan MP: This is what people really think about the Tory Education Secretary | UK Politics | News | The Independent
Nicky Morgan MP: This is what people really think about the Tory Education Secretary Sources in No 10 say she allows Michael Gove to continue calling the shots from the shadows [...] When David Cameron brought in Nicky Morgan as his new Education Secretary, it was widely assumed that Michael Gove had become too unpopular with teachers to remain in the role. [...] Tomorrow, David Cameron will make a major speech on education in which he will detail his personal reasons for supporting the state system and say that, having had an extraordinary education himself, he wants every child to have the same.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mental health beds search 'a scandal' - BBC News
[ cut bets and cut nurses and other positions ] President of the RCP, Prof Sir Simon Wessely, said: "Everyone agrees that it is a scandal that patients with serious mental disorders who need admission can end up being sent anywhere from Cornwall to Cumbria in a search for a bed. And yet it continues. "The answers lie not in just providing more beds, although there are definitely places where that might help in the short term, but assessing the entire system." The report, led by former chief executive of NHS England, Lord Nigel Crisp, said access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients was inadequate nationally and, in some cases, potentially dangerous. [...] 'Breaking point' Minister for Mental Health, Alistair Burt, said the report would help to shape planned changes to build a better mental health service. "NHS England will soon be publishing its independent Mental Health Taskforce report, backed by the £1bn investment announced by the prime minister...
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UK cancer death rates after diagnosis drop 10% in ten years | Society | The Guardian
A greater number of people, however, are being diagnosed with and dying from cancer due to age and lifestyle factors [...] But the growing numbers of people being diagnosed with cancer as the population ages and obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and drinking take their toll, has climbed, which means the actual number of deaths each year has risen over the last decade. Some cancers continue to pose a major problem: the death rates from liver and pancreatic cancer are rising, not falling. [...] regional variations are sometimes shocking. In some areas, people diagnosed with lung cancer are four times more likely to die than in others. That is partly because in some less affluent places, lung cancer caused by smoking is more common and people have more advanced disease when they finally see the GP. But there are also variations in standards of care. [...] [ look at ] Five-year cancer survival rates, % [ if you survive, you are lucky for 5 years. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisis (From Herald Scotland)
[ hiring foreigners ] TEACHER shortages have forced their watchdog to relax the rules on joining the profession. Classroom staff who have qualified outside the country will now be allowed to work in a school immediately under a new conditional registration. People who secure a job in this way will be put on probation while they complete any additional studies or training required for full registration, a legal requirement.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The housing crisis they inherited has worsened as rents rise, but David Cameron and George Osborne’s cuts to social housing are a bizarre response: the housing and planning bill going through parliament marks the end of the social housing era. Not by accident but by deliberate policy, 88,000 council homes to rent will be lost, says the Conservative-controlled Local Government Association. Labour says the total will be 180,000 by 2020. Money is sucked out of social housing into the Treasury, as the 1% rent cut saves on the housing benefit bill by stealing funds due to pay for new social homes. Half of all renters get some housing benefit, with the continuous rise in rents. Cutting that support simply propels more into homelessness.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Long hours, endless admin and angry parents – why schools just can’t get the teachers | Education | The Guardian
British schools are reporting a classroom crisis, with thousands of disaffected teachers leaving the profession, and new graduates discouraged from training because of the daily stress and grind. And with the number of state school pupils set to rise by a million by 2022, the problem is only getting worse [...] If somebody had said, ‘You can have 60 grand a year to stay,’ I would still have said no // Education secretary Nicky Morgan. // [...] Some of the factors behind stories like these are traceable to the New Labour years, but many are rooted in Michael Gove’s hyperactive four-year reign as education secretary. They go from never-ending paperwork, to a constantly changing regime of exams and assessments. Meanwhile, the prospect of a visit from Ofsted and the possibility of a bad inspection are a constant source of stress – not least because a “requires improvement” or the dread “inadequate” rating will mean even more upheaval. [ top down non-professional insight/exp burokratie ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Why postcodes are determining fertility treatment - BBC News
austerity! >> IVF treatment is minority on budget and on peoples mind! // Health chiefs have blamed the cuts on "extremely challenging financial circumstances". Each IVF cycle costs individual CCGs anywhere between £1,300 and £6,000, depending on geography. Mid-Essex said it treated about 100 people a year, and could make annual savings of £750,000 by ending specialist fertility services. Its medical director, Dr Donald McGeachy, told Inside Out he could understand patients' "displeasure" at the cuts. But he said with a £9m deficit to plug, tough decisions had to be made. "We try very hard to provide everything that we need, but there are some things that we are not going to be able to do," Dr McGeachy added. [...] !!! One in six couples in the UK struggles to conceive, making fertility concerns one of the most common reasons women visit their GP. !!! //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=fertility
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC News on the North South Divide with Tom Hunt - YouTube
multiplier effect of service sector job = 1 or lower. meaning need to access tax credits. //&! Northern Powerhouse dept to close Sheffield office and move 247 jobs to London. - Government business department shuts largest non-London office George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ policy questioned as branch closure in Sheffield casts doubt on chancellor’s pledge to revitalise English cities - bit.ly/1PDlgSA // also northern councils have to cut deeper than souther because of lower tax base!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS chief demands political consensus on funding elderly and social care | Society | The Guardian
Stevens believes David Cameron’s administration should look at all the options for finding the billions of pounds needed, including revisiting the “triple lock”, which guarantees Britain’s pensioners generous annual increases in their state pension until 2020. [ ie could tax big pensions! progressive tax on income vs flat income tax/NI and sugar tax, food chain tax, animal products tax, processed food tax, engineered food tax ] In an interview with the Guardian, Stevens suggested ministers should be prepared to risk upsetting Britain’s growing army of senior citizens by looking at whether the benefits they receive are fair to working-age and younger people. [...] Last week, the House of Commons work and pensions select committee launched an inquiry into income inequality between older and younger people. [...] [babyboomers get 118% out of what they've paid] //&! bit.ly/1OscF7D - how much is sick population willing to pay?
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Dementia patients face 'Russian roulette' in hospital - BBC News
Dementia patients admitted to hospital in England play "Russian roulette" with their health, a charity is warning. The Alzheimer's Society said it had found "shocking" evidence of poor and variable care during its review.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Sean Bean’s battle cry: ‘I despair at the state of further education’ | Education | The Guardian
fight to save colleges from threat of funding cuts //&! The Tories’ assault on further education will cost Britain dearly. Colleges have been battered by cuts already – another round could destroy them. It is time we made David Cameron talk about it - http://bit.ly/1QeZ46n
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Wealthy areas 'getting cash aimed at poorer communities' - BBC News
[ when councils can not raise $ because there is no money $ then there needs to be redistribution. thus devolution praised to regenerate areas like the north, is a con trick. positioning. for votes. normal people don't read and think farther than headlines. ] Most of the money aimed at regenerating Scotland's most disadvantaged communities is going to wealthier areas, a report has said. The independent regeneration network, Surf, said current policies were increasing rather than reducing inequality. [...] The report said there was evidence that, following the financial crash of 2008, there was a trend of public and private sector capital being invested in Scotland's affluent areas and commercial centres with poorer areas missing out. It said that was damaging town centres and "secondary locations" such as Falkirk and Paisley. [...] fairer, wealthier and more successful place for everyone."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
More than 500,000 primary school pupils taught in 'super-size' classes | Education | The Guardian
New analysis shows schools being forced to exceed statutory limit of 30 to meet demand, with Labour blaming situation on Tory ‘fixation’ with free schools //&! Majority of teachers in survey know pupils who arrive at school hungry. Survey of teachers in England and Wales finds pupils who haven’t had breakfast are likely to be lethargic or disruptive in class - bit.ly/1RpcUnN
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Plan to end student grants without Commons vote outrages opposition | Politics | The Guardian
[ shifting public debt onto private debt balance sheet. = no vision! debt is still there in economy! paying higher interest rates. -- vs -- bankers gambling debt put on public balance sheet! ] Ministers have been accused of an “outrageous” attempt to sneak through their proposals to end student grants in England without proper scrutiny by MPs. The plan to scrap maintenance grants, which help half a million of the poorest students pay for university life, will go through a legislation committee on Thursday, without a vote and debate on the floor of the House of Commons. [...] Labour is opposing the change and the lack of scrutiny. Gordon Marsden, the shadow universities minister, said it was “not simply technical tinkering but a major change by the government that will deprive around half a million of England’s students from lower income and disadvantaged households, of maintenance grant funding”. // &! NHS nurse bursaries - ind.pn/1IYHYbk &! bit.ly/1IWZJI0 &! bbc.in/1RAhLRv
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Housing crisis hits 1960s levels as tenants battle to cope, says Shelter | Society | The Guardian
Shelter estimates that 250,000 homes a year, half of them “affordable”, need to be built in England if the crisis is to be addressed. However, latest figures show there were only 135,050 new homes over the past year, a rise of 17%, but still little more than half what is needed. [...] Figures released last week suggest that the number of tenants in serious arrears is rising. There were 84,200 tenants more than two months behind with their rent in the third quarter of 2015, the latest figures available, compared with 74,000 in the second quarter. Government statistics show that the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless families with children is rising. Over the past five years, the number of households living in B&Bs has more than doubled, from 2,050 to 5,270. Meanwhile, the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation has risen by 26% over five years, from 51,350 in 2010 to 64,710 in 2015.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hungarian PM says UK must alter tax credits plan for EU citizens | Politics | The Guardian
In a sign of the strength of feeling in eastern and central Europe over the proposed ban, Viktor Orbán said Hungarians should not be described as migrants anywhere in the EU, and said Cameron’s EU reform proposals must not be discriminatory. Orbán made his remarks at an upbeat press conference with his British counterpart in Budapest, in which he said he agreed with three out of the four reform proposals that Britain has tabled. His only disagreement is over the plan to ban EU workers from claiming in-work benefits for four years.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS in Scotland facing 'pressure', doctors warn - BBC News
The NHS in Scotland will face "significantly more pressure" in the coming year despite a budget increase, the doctors' leaders have warned. The British Medical Association claimed that "constrained resources" meant the health service was struggling to cope with increasing demands. BMA Scotland chairman Peter Bennie also said the number of jobs lying vacant could have a "detrimental impact". The Scottish government said it had a "clear vision for the future". [...] "The funding gap faced by the NHS set against rising demand and the impact of increasing consultant, specialty doctor and GP vacancies and unfilled trainee posts cannot be ignored, and we must establish ways to make Scotland's NHS a more attractive place to work. [...] NHS will face significantly more pressure as Scotland's population continues to age." [...] [Shona Robinson] ensuring our NHS is sustainable for future generations. [ << bottom up prevention and intervention ] [ disability from heart disease events ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Progress on social mobility 'too slow' - BBC News
Progress on closing the gap between rich and poor pupils has not moved fast or far enough to tackle the gulf within a divided Britain, a report says. [...] 'Stronger economy' A government spokesman said it was committed to an "all-out assault on poverty". "Our investment in childcare is helping parents get into work and give their children the best start in life, while the pupil premium and school reforms are ensuring every child gets a good education." The spokesman said work was the best way out of poverty, adding that the number of workless households was at a record low.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Three-quarters of police forces letting down vulnerable victims - watchdog | UK news | The Guardian
No single definition of vulnerability was identified, which HMIC said contributed to inconsistencies in data, but victims included children, disabled people and those subjected to repeat offences or abuse. HMIC said it had been tough in its gradings because “small failures may have tragic consequences”. Of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, HMIC judged 12 to be good and none outstanding in protecting and supporting vulnerable people. The inspection looked at several issues, including how a force identified people most at risk and how it protected specific vulnerable groups such as missing and absent children and victims of domestic abuse. It also looked at how forces tackle child sexual exploitation. //&! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotherham_child_sexual_exploitation_scandal
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
John Swinney warns of 'tough choices' ahead for Scotland - BBC News
Finance Secretary John Swinney has warned of "tough choices" facing Scotland as he prepares to set out his budget. Mr Swinney said the UK government's recent spending review placed "unprecedented pressure" on public expenditure north of the border. The UK government said Scottish ministers would have £390m more in spending available to them next year. Mr Swinney is due to present his 2016-17 spending plans on Wednesday. The Scottish government argues that cuts imposed by the UK government since 2010 - along with last month's spending review - mean that its discretionary budget will be 12.5% lower in real terms by 2019-20 than it was in 2010-11. Mr Swinney said 4.2% of that reduction would come between now and 2019-20.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Adult social care outlook 'bleak', warns think tank - BBC News
The future for adult social care services in England "looks bleak", a think tank has warned. Chancellor George Osborne announced measures in his Spending Review that would lead to a rise in care budgets. But the International Longevity Centre said that would only "paper over the cracks" and suggested 1.8 million people had unmet needs for care. A government spokesman said authorities now have access to an extra £3.5bn to provide care for vulnerable people. In last month's spending review, Mr Osborne said he was protecting social care budgets by allowing local authorities to raise council tax by 2% and increasing the amount of money available for the Better Care Fund, a joint pot of money used by councils and the NHS to support care services. The report by ILC-UK said data from 326 councils indicated that the areas with the highest concentrations of elderly people would be the least able to raise extra funds. [ AND ALSO THE POOR/DEPRIVED AREAS! ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ofsted steps into debate over parents' right to choose education - BBC News
The chief inspector of schools has never been afraid of controversy, and with this latest intervention against unregistered schools he is firmly stepping into the debate about how and where people can choose to educate their children.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS rationing 'is denying patients care' as cash crisis deepens | Society | The Guardian
Survey of doctors reveals concern about adults and children being denied treatment, resulting in emergency care or worsening of long-term conditions [...] A survey of doctors reveals that three-quarters said they had seen care rationed in their area over the last year – including treatments such as speech therapy, operations to remove varicose veins, Botox to help children with cerebral palsy move better and even potentially life-saving stem cell transplant surgery. //&! NHS watchdog slams hospitals' handling of patient complaints Dame Julie Mellor warns that three out of four investigations fail to identify serious failings in care as families are often met with ‘wall of silence’ [...] “Hundreds of thousands of incidents of poor care go unreported every year across the NHS precisely because people fear they either won’t be taken seriously or that nothing will change as a result.” //&! https://redd.it/3w2auw
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
School debts 'have increased sharply' since 2013 - BBC News
State school debt in England and Wales has increased sharply in the past three years, as budgets tighten and cost pressures hit schools, a report says. [...] 'Cost pressures biting' The Department for Education added it was up to head teachers to prevent their schools from going into debt. "We have always been clear that local authorities need to work with schools to prevent any deficits and surpluses becoming significant," it said. [...] 'Protected budgets' Although the chancellor's Spending Review confirmed per pupil funding will be stable as numbers increase, the Institute of Fiscal Studies has warned there will be significant cost pressures of up to 8% on schools over the next five years. // [ Strong economy = Strong NHS ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Babies born at weekends 'have higher death risk' - BBC News
Researchers said they could not identify the cause of the higher risks. They looked at staffing levels in terms of which hospitals were compliant with the guidelines for consultant cover, and found little difference between those that were and those that were not. But they said much more data was needed on staffing before it could be ruled out.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Missed targets 'signal teacher recruitment crisis' - BBC News
Targets for the number of new trainee teachers in England have been missed for the third year running, prompting concerns of an intensified recruitment crisis in schools. //&! Teacher shortages leave schools sharing applicants. Schools are having to recruit year round and share job hopefuls amid a "drastic" shortage of teachers, a BBC investigation has found. - bbc.in/1SZ0IXQ
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Malnutrition causing thousands of hospital admissions - BBC News
"We often see parents who are going without food so that they can feed their children, and these parents often struggle to afford enough nutritious food for their children too." He said the Trust did not believe anyone should have to go hungry in the UK, and was working with the public, charities and politicians to "find solutions to the underlying causes of food poverty". [...] "Eating and drinking well is critical when it comes to staying healthy and independent, yet this can become more difficult as we get older. [...] She said people were making choices about whether to pay a bill or feed the family. [...] quite often by the time they come through our doors and need to be admitted, the damage is already done.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Gordon Brown on tax credits and Jeremy Corbyn - YouTube
&! Steve Hilton on refugee crisis, Syria and tax credits - youtu.be/2JiKaIomDJU - ISIS is jihadist ideology, is long-term war. can not close door to refugees at same time you are committed to drone warfare and direct sight bombing with fighter jets. & Is Tories welfare reform reform or smoke screen/spin/reframing of austerity?!
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Spending Review: Schools to get 'fair funding' formula - BBC News
Plans to redress differences in school funding across England are expected to be outlined in the Autumn Statement. [ fair funding but not more funding, duh, but will spin/frame it as more funding ] &! bbc.in/1X7t0pz - School budgets face a likely fall of 8% per pupil due to rising costs during the next five years. //&! MPs present fairer school funding petitions to Commons - bbc.in/1YHhJd4
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Developing world-beating maths teachers 'to take a decade' - BBC News
>> or be loaded to afford to hire tutor! // Global school rankings published in May this year put UK pupils 20th in the world for maths and science. //&! bbc.in/1LlisHi - Head teachers appeal for funds ahead of Spending Review. Head teachers have written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan expressing their concern over future funding for schools in England. The National Association of Head Teachers claims education is being seen as a cost rather than an investment.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
UK healthcare 'lagging behind other rich nations' - BBC News
<< But the report also found evidence that Britons were leading unhealthy lives. Obesity rates were among the highest, while alcohol consumption and smoking rates were also above average. >> //!! Standards of healthcare in the UK are lagging behind many developed nations with thousands fewer doctors and nurses being employed, a report says. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development review of 34 countries found the UK was behind in key areas such as stroke and cancer. It also found spending was lower per head and there was less equipment. The Department of Health said there was room for improvement and money was being targeted in those areas. The report found the UK has 8.2 nurses per 1,000 people compared with an OECD average of 9.1, while it has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 compared with 3.3. Experts said 26,500 more doctors and 47,700 nurses would be needed to match the OECD average.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Mental health equality call gets high profile backing - BBC News
The government increased overall mental health funding to £11.7bn in 2014/15. But Mr Lamb said people with mental ill health "don't get the same right to access treatment on a timely basis that everyone else gets". He called it a "historic injustice." His son was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder at the age of 15 and Mr Campbell has spoken about his battle with depression. Inequality in care The NHS became officially responsible for ensuring the standard of care for the mentally ill was equal to that of physically ill people in 2012. In the spring, the government pledged an extra £1.25bn largely for children's mental health over the next five years. [...] It also introduced the first waiting time targets in mental health, guaranteeing treatment within 18 weeks. But the campaign says not enough has been done to address a continuing inequality in care standards and funding. [...] The life expectancy for people with mental health problems remains 20 years lower ...
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Live Webcast - Social Class in the 21st Century - YouTube
Speakers: Dr Niall Cunningham, Professor Fiona Devine, Dr Sam Friedman, Dr Daniel Laurison, Dr Lisa McKenzie (author, getting by), Dr Andrew Miles, Professor Mike Savage, Dr Helene Snee, Dr Paul Wakeling // Precariat and Super Rich tend to disappear in surveys // book Inequality: What Can Be Done? - Book by Sir Anthony Barnes Atkinson // Dr Lisa McKenzie (author, getting by), "class in Britain is real, is pervasive and it hurts people." - precariat - 15% of the population. & It's the symbolic violence that hurts more. violence that keeps them out, keeps them down. looks down on them, laughs at them, ridicules them, telling them its their fault. // Meritocracy creates different class, meritocracy does not justify start existing inequality, because meritocracy does not work for everyone, not everyone can become a billionaire (Alain de Bottom) // & Thomas Picketty //&! bbc.in/1R4sNPU - Great British Class Calculator. Some Analysis.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Chancellor urged not to cut vital health fund - BBC News
George "Mr Judgement Call" Osborne // Vital health services in England including stop smoking, obesity and sexual health clinics are at risk, experts are warning. Earlier this year the Chancellor unveiled plans to cut the £2.8bn public health budget by £200m from January. The pot is held by councils so is not covered by the government's promise to protect the health service. But doctors, nurses and other senior health officials say the money is vital to relieving pressure on the wider NHS. A total of 11 groups, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Nursing, NHS Confederation and Faculty of Public Health, have put their names to a letter to George Osborne asking him to reconsider the plans. The letter warned raiding the funds would simply cause greater ill-health and inequality in the population. [...] [PREVENTION>>] [deal with Osborne for 8bn extra a year this Parliament] included making gains from improvements in people's health. [Cut now, pay more later!]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne: Tax credit change 'a judgement call' - BBC News
"Judgement Call" - Chancellor George Osborne tells MPs the tax credit change is "a judgement call" and adds that he is "comfortable" with the call he has made, which he says has been backed by MPs twice.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Two - Victoria Derbyshire, 21/10/2015, Liam Fox on mental health postcode lottery
[ Cinderella Service ] Huge regional variations in the waiting times for mental health therapy are "clearly unacceptable" according to mental health charities. People with anxiety and depression should receive talking therapy within six weeks, according to new guidelines in England - but while some areas meet this target, in others just 5% of patients are seen in time. [...] "historical underinvestment." //&! 'I'm still waiting for therapy after suicide attempt' - bbc.in/1W53AbL - Sane chief executive Marjorie Wallace told the programme it was a symptom of a "meltdown in psychological services". Conservative MP Dr Liam Fox said the discrepancy across the country showed it was not just about NHS money. [...] "Those patients least able to stand up for themselves. [<< mental illness, Transgender]" [...] "internal cultural issue, mental health does not make great headlines." //&! Mental health system 'underachieving' - bbc.in/1jAfrNR //&! Post Code Lottery - bbc.in/1LD74I9
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS neonatal intensive care units 'stretched to breaking point' | Society | The Guardian
Two thirds of NHS neonatal intensive care units do not have enough nurses and doctors, and a similar number are consistently working at higher than safe capacity, a charity has warned. [...] In order to meet national standards, 2,140 more nurses are needed, said Bliss, which found 64% of units (52 out of 81) did not have enough nurses, and two thirds did not have enough doctors. The charity said the overall shortfall in nurses has grown more acute, rising from an estimated 1,150 five years ago to the present gap. “It is clear that not enough funding is reaching neonatal services, despite the government’s welcome commitment to provide funding for the NHS. This leaves units unable to recruit the staff they need to meet the government and NHS’s own standards on minimum safe staffing levels,” [...] [catch-22 situation, unable to send staff to training and qualification thus unit and staff under qualified] neonatal units are often reliant on locum doctors to fill the gaps.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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