Economy and Politics

  • 1 Jun 2011

    Changes in the UK welfare benefit system are having devastating effects on the mental health of thousands of people, charities and a senior psychiatrist have warned. In a letter to the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/31/consequences-benefit-chang...), they pointed out that flawed tests for work capability were causing great distress and hardship, and some people had even taken their own lives.

  • 31 May 2011

    The political reform group Unlock Democracy is maintaining grassroots pressure for thoroughgoing second chamber reform at Westminster.

  • 31 May 2011

    BBC One is hosting a live debate tonight about poverty and other social issues arising from its lively 'observational documentary' series, The Scheme, which looks at "the dramatic and often emotional highs and lows of daily life for six families living in a large housing scheme in Kilmarnock."

  • 31 May 2011

    The media this morning (31 May) are very excited about a survey showing that nearly two-thirds of people aged 20 to 45 in the UK expect never to own their own home. Most of the coverage did not even mention that the survey also revealed that nearly a quarter don’t want to.

  • 30 May 2011

    Point-scoring and opportunist politics alienates the electorate, says Jill Segger. If the "new politics" of May 2010 is to have any meaning, politicians and party activists must find a way of combining the legitimate battle of ideas with a more consensual and creative approach to the common good.

  • 30 May 2011

    Environmental NGOs and energy campaigners around the world have welcomed a decision by the German government to phase out their country's nuclear energy.

  • 29 May 2011

    NHS Direct Action and UK Uncut activists dressed in medical scrubs have staged a protest outside HSBC's AGM over the bank's NHS profiteering.

  • 27 May 2011

    The Church of Scotland General Assembly agreed, under threat, to withdraw a resolution calling for a UK ban on goods from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Paraic Reamonn says that the ethnically-defined nature of the current Israeli state, its treatment of Palestinians and what its policies are doing to the identity of Jewish people should be a matter of priority concern to Christians and others of goodwill.

  • 27 May 2011

    Scotland's largest voluntary social care organisation has urged the government to maintain their investment in services despite the tough financial climate.

  • 26 May 2011

    Lecturers have said that £600m earmarked for universities working with businesses is a “gimmick” that will not address university funding cuts.