Election 2017: What if I can’t afford to pay the rent? – BBC News

May 28, 2017

… Despite claiming housing benefit, tax credits and child benefit, there is always a shortfall at the end of the month. She wants the next government to introduce significant change: rents that can only rise in line with the National Living Wage, housing benefit that covers the rent, and more security of tenure. Conservative promises Image copyright Kate Stanworth Image caption Longer leases would give tenants more security, says Tracy Strassburg Tracy Strassburg – a mother of two …

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Who is Nicola Sturgeon? A profile of the SNP leader – BBC News

May 26, 2017

After studying law at Glasgow University and working as a solicitor at the city’s Drumchapel Law Centre, Ms Sturgeon’s entry into full-time politics came at the age of 29, when she was elected to the new Holyrood parliament in 1999, as a Glasgow regional MSP. As a frontbench opposition spokeswoman, she sought to hold the Labour-Lib Dem coalition government to account on education, justice and health. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Salmond-Sturgeon leadership …

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Debt fears remain despite manifesto ‘breathing space’ plans – BBC News

May 23, 2017

… over the levels of personal debt among working households. Warnings The City regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – has warned of an acceleration in consumer borrowing, such as loans, overdrafts, credit card debt and car finance. This echoes concerns raised by the Bank of England. Image copyright PA Image caption Car sales have boomed in recent years The FCA is already conducting is own inquiry into overdrafts, door-to-door lending and other forms of loans. …

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Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust – BBC News

May 22, 2017

… himself. She said he had told her in a text earlier that week he was “in hell”. Image copyright Lowe family Image caption Melanie Lowe died in 2016 At the inquest last November, the coroner heard evidence of a catalogue of mistakes. Lawyer Rachel Codd, representing Ms Lowe’s family, said she had tried to abscond twice while on constant watch, but the locum psychiatrist who reassessed her upon admission did not have access to the observation notes. She added: “It …

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The Canary Girls: The workers the war turned yellow – BBC News

May 20, 2017

Those who were spared such a fate were no less safe, facing daily peril by handling explosive chemicals that carried the risk of them contracting potentially fatal diseases. And for some, the effects of their work were immediately visible; a lurid shade of yellow that stained their skin and hair and earned them a nickname – the Canary Girls. Image copyright Hulton Archive Image caption Life in munitions was “hot… sweaty… dirty – women did not want the …

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Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed – BBC News

May 18, 2017

… the future. Image caption Prof Kathy Willis inside the arid zone at Kew Lara Jewitt, nurseries manager at Kew, said some of the plants kept in the nurseries at Kew are the last of their kind in the world. “We have about 10,000 species here, 29% of which are natural source – so that means they’ve been collected from the wild,” she said. “That makes them much more important for conservation, for scientific research, for restoration. This is a living scientific …

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Girlguiding overhauls badges to help girls ‘thrive’ – BBC News

May 18, 2017

Image copyright Girlguiding Image caption Air Mechanic badge was one of the earliest available Girlguiding might be more famous for less adventurous badges like Homemaker and Hostess but they also have a long tradition of groundbreaking badges, including: Image copyright Girlguiding Image caption Gymnast Beth Tweddle and Cece, a Brownie, have different goals in terms of new badges Sophie, 20, wanted a Video Journalist badge: “It would give girls the opportunity to learn …

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Mental health patients forced to travel hundreds of miles – BBC News

May 12, 2017

… said: “Inevitably, recovery takes longer during out-of-area care because people are away from their home, and don’t have access to their friends and family. It can’t in any way be beneficial to your recovery.” The Government has pledged to eliminate inappropriate out of area placements by 2020-21. Image copyright Pol Hodge Image caption Chloe Hodge, 19, is being treated in a mental health unit away from her father, Pol, who lives in Cornwall Pol Hodge is from …

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Welney wildfowl centre hatches 26 ‘rare’ godwit chicks – BBC News

May 12, 2017

Image copyright Will Meinderts/David Morris RSPB Image caption Most UK black-tailed godwits nest in the Fens making the area “vital to the quest to maintain and increase” numbers Between 53 and 57 pairs breed in the UK every year Most are found in the Nene and Ouse Washes, but fewer than 10 pairs breed in the north of Scotland and the Shetland Islands They died out in the UK by the mid-19th Century due to habitat loss The first breeding pair returned to the Ouse …

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Lord Bird wants prevention unit for poverty – BBC News

May 11, 2017

… and the criminal justice system – would be better targeted at prevention. And if Mrs May returns to Downing Street, he will be knocking on her door “to put her money where her mouth is”. Image copyright AFP Image caption Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants investment in education and a higher living wage He says those at the bottom of the heap have been hurt by an economy dominated by a “horrible mix of consumerism and the financial industry”. But he says the …

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The Falklands penguins that would not explode – BBC News

May 7, 2017

… and knees to do that, remove bits of earth and dunes, and disrupt the ecosystem. There’s a bit of a trade-off in thinking: what are the benefits of having them removed?” he asks. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A mine is detonated near Stanley Since 2009 the British government has spent tens of millions of pounds on mine-clearance in the Falklands. Guy Marot of the Falkland Islands Demining Programme Office oversees a team of largely Zimbabwean operatives, highly …

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George Osborne’s priorities as Evening Standard editor – BBC News

May 2, 2017

… Conservative, but always a liberal one, and now I want us to fight for the liberal mainstream majority in this city.” Since leaving No 11, Osborne has missed running things. He’ll enjoy being a boss again. Prove he knows how to do journalism Image copyright Joseph Charlton Image caption George Osborne has already met the Evening Standard staff at the paper’s offices Osborne has done this several times of course, not least at the Treasury. Newspapers are generally very …

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‘I ignored my mum’s death, just like Prince Harry’ – BBC News

April 19, 2017

Image copyright Kathryn Watson Image caption Kathryn (right) struggled with anger after her mum, Heather (left), died from cancer “My mum was ill for about 18 months and it was really quite sudden. She went from being an outgoing person to simply not being there. Image copyright Kathryn Watson Image caption Kathryn says counselling helped her deal with the grief of losing her mum “What really spoke to me was Prince Harry talking about his anger. I felt that a lot. I …

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Shanay Walker abuse death: School and care workers criticised – BBC News

April 13, 2017

The report found in the two years leading up to her death, bruising and injuries sustained by the child were explained away by her aunt as accidental or the result of self-harm. Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Shanay’s mother Leanne Walker suffered post-natal depression after another pregnancy Chris Cook, chair of the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Whilst professionals undoubtedly had Shanay’s well-being at heart, with the benefit of …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone – BBC News

April 12, 2017

… Ms Cafferkey, 41, who lives in Glasgow, said the trip would give her “closure in a positive way”. She first went to Sierra Leone as part of a team of British volunteers at the Kerry Town Ebola treatment centre. Image copyright PA Image caption Pauline Cafferkey has survived having Ebola twice, and also contracted meningitis Now working as a health visitor support nurse in South Lanarkshire, she is returning to Sierra Leone – where Ebola has since been eradicated – …

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Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day – BBC News

April 11, 2017

Those who provide care to people directly in their own homes, or in nursing homes, say a growing shortage of staff means people face receiving deteriorating levels of care. Image copyright BBC News Image caption According to the latest figures there are around 84,000 vacant adult social care jobs in England The government has recently committed to spending an extra 2bn on the social care system, and allowed local authorities to raise council tax bills in order to fund social care …

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University Challenge: Professor Stephen Hawking presents winners’ trophy – BBC News

April 11, 2017

… have long enjoyed.” Image caption The winning team from Balliol with their trophy and host Paxman Here is a selection of some of the questions Balliol answered correctly to beat Wolfson. Answers at the bottom of the story. In which city of the Eastern Roman empire did Hypatia teach philosophy? Associated with the philosopher Plotinus and the supreme principle known as the one, which late school of Greek philosophy did Hypatia espouse? Which German philosopher applied Newtonian …

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Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments – BBC News

April 10, 2017

… didn’t get spent on public services. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A spokesperson for Goodluck Jonathan said no charges had been brought the former President relating to the transaction Italian prosecutors allege that $466m were laundered through a network of Nigerian bureaux de change to facilitate payments to President Jonathan and other politicians. A spokesperson for Goodluck Jonathan told the BBC that no charges or indictments have been brought or secured against …

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His name was Henry Summers – but who was he? – BBC News

April 9, 2017

Image caption Henry lived in a top-floor flat in Leith They went to the door of his top-floor flat on Easter Road and knocked but got no answer. Image caption Police beat down the door to gain entry to Henry’s flat A few years before that a woman had been found dead in Edinburgh, undiscovered for five years. The media were full of recrimination and finger pointing. I used to work with old people and had seen this before. It’s easy to de-personalise older people. We …

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‘My fertility app made me too stressed to conceive’ – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… end-all.” But for some women, they are. Image copyright Natural Cycles Image caption Natural Cycles founders Elina Berglund and Raoul Schweitzl Technology targeted at women – or femtech as it’s been coined – covers everything from birth control and period tracker apps to sex toys and breast pumps. And the market has been booming in recent years. “We’re seeing really significant growth in funding to femtech start-ups,” says Zoe Leavitt, tech …

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The drink Brits go to bed with and Indians wake up with – BBC News

April 5, 2017

The fact that the same liquid can be perceived in two such different ways is a great example of the “crazy nonsense and beauty of marketing”, says Andrew Welch. As London managing director for brand consultancy Landor, Mr Welch’s job is to help brands build and improve their reputation, and ultimately create higher sales. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A well-known brand in the West, eBay had to change its tactics to succeed in China But it’s not …

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Should exercise be compulsory at work? – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… workouts refreshed and better focused on their jobs. Time lost on exercise is made back and more in terms of improved productivity.” And he believes he’d never have built up his company without taking exercise himself during the day that enabled him to “maintain composure and focus in the midst of chaos”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many major companies now have gyms on site With 60% of our day often spent at work, the British Heart Foundation wants …

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The enduring appeal of Adrian Mole, aged 50 – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption Stephen Mangan played Mole in The Cappuccino Years Stephen Mangan played Mole in the 2001 TV adaption of Townsend’s The Cappuccino Years and worked closely with the writer on bringing him to life on screen. Now aged 48, he began reading the Secret Diary as a teenager. “Obviously when you read it as a 13 or 14-year-old you miss some of the nuances, but what’s so clever about the books is that you get so many different perspectives,” he says. …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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