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‘My son could die’: the disabled Syrian refugees on the sharp end of UK aid cuts – photo essay

Two centres in Lebanon are among the casualties of cuts to British aid, with devastating consequences for thousands of patients and families‘Out of Trump playbook’: UK accused of ‘abandoning’ women with cuts to aidIn January, the British government told its diplomats to start finding 50–70% cuts in aid funding. In March, it was revealed it was slashing aid funding to Syrian refugee projects by a third. Among the many casualties of those cuts is a project in Lebanon.Two centres – in Zahlé and in ...
Tags: Global development, Disability, Lebanon, Refugees, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Aid, Society, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Politics, Syria, UK news


Gordon Brown calls for G7 to act on Covid vaccine ‘apartheid’

Former prime minister says group should commit to global vaccine drive and slams UK’s foreign aid cutCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePreventing poor countries suffering from vaccine “apartheid” will require the G7 group of rich nations to commit $30bn (£22bn) a year to a global immunisation drive, Gordon Brown has said.The former Labour prime minister said the UK should use June’s G7 summit in Cornwall to rekindle the moral purpose of the Make Poverty History campaign...
Tags: Gordon Brown, G7, Vaccines and immunisation, Aid, Economic policy, Economics, Business, Global development, Health, Politics, Society, UK news, World news


Enjoy freedoms but stay wary of risks, PM says as England reopens

Boris Johnson says easing of restrictions will be welcome relief for businesses that have been closed Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should enjoy new freedoms but remain wary of the risks, Boris Johnson has said, as beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons prepared to reopen across England on Monday for the first time in almost four months.The prime minister hailed the reopening – a major and “irreversible” step in the roadmap of easing restriction...
Tags: Coronavirus, England, UK news, Health policy, Health, Public services policy, Hospitality industry, Business, Politics, Society, Pubs


When I was young, I left Sudan in search of ‘success’. Now I yearn for family and home | Nesrine Malik

In the stillness of lockdown, I now see that the costs of globalisation have come to outweigh its benefitsFor as long as I have been able to remember, I have known that I would not always live where I was born. I knew that at some point, I would have to leave my country of Sudan if I wanted to secure work that would provide a meaningful living.At the time, it wasn’t a sad realisation but more an exciting prospect, one that promised a shot at a “modern” life. To me, that modernity meant social mo...
Tags: Coronavirus, Africa, Politics, Society


Making sense of conspiracy theorists as the world gets more bizarre

It is 20 years since Jon Ronson wrote Them, his eye-popping investigation into conspiracy theorists. Now, in a world awash with tales of paedophile elites and puppet masters, is he any closer to understanding it all?In 1999 I sat in a Vancouver café with a group of anti-capitalist activists. They’d just returned from protesting the WTO in Seattle to find a new, far stranger foe in town – David Icke. He was there to lecture about how the ruling elite are actually child-sacrificing, blood-drinking...
Tags: Society, US politics, Politics, Books, Culture, Media, Social media, Jon Ronson


Publish figures on long Covid to show ‘untold suffering’, MPs urge

Cross-party group urge PM to give greater priority to potential harm posed by post-viral conditionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe number of people suffering with long Covid should be published routinely, as happens with those infected with or hospitalised with coronavirus, MPs and peers are urging Boris Johnson.The cross-party group of parliamentarians want the prime minister to ensure that the “untold human suffering” that the condition involves helps shape futur...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus, Long Covid


UK Covid cases could rise again despite vaccine progress – WHO official

Exclusive: Dr Catherine Smallwood says there is potential for surge unconnected to increases in EuropeThe success of Britain’s vaccine programme is not enough to protect it from another wave of coronavirus unconnected to rising cases in Europe, a senior World Health Organization expert has said.Dr Catherine Smallwood, a senior emergency officer at WHO Europe, also said confidence in vaccines may have dipped after changes to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab rollout, with under-30s to be offered alterna...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Britain, Health policy, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, WHO Europe, Catherine Smallwood, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


UK ministers silent on AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Australia

Downing Street will not confirm or deny report that more than 700,000 Covid jabs were sent after EU blocked exportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritish ministers and officials did not deny that more than 700,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine were secretly dispatched from the UK to Australia a few weeks ago as the EU blocked the drug’s export.The Sydney Morning Herald reported that 717,000 AstraZeneca doses were dispatched in late February and March from the compa...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Australia, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Australia news, Public services policy, European Commission, Health policy, Astrazeneca


IMF calls for wealth tax to help cover cost of Covid pandemic

Fiscal monitor says rich should pay more tax on temporary basis to help support poor and vulnerable Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments should consider levying higher taxes on the income or wealth of the rich to help pay for the enormous cost of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund has said.Inequality had widened in the year since the virus first hit the global economy, the IMF said, and there was a case for the better off being aske...
Tags: Business, Politics, Economics, Society, World news, Tax and spending, Poverty, Social exclusion, Global Economy, Economic policy, Income Inequality, Economic recovery, International Monetary Fund, Inequality, Imf, International Monetary Fund (IMF


Oxford/AstraZeneca jab could have causal link to rare blood clots, say UK experts

Evidence ‘consistent with causality’ but vaccination programme must continue, says drug safety specialistCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDrug safety experts in the UK believe there could be a causal link between the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid jab and very rare blood clots but say vaccination programmes must continue, with risk mitigation for women under 55.Prof Saad Shakir, the director of the drug safety research unit (DSRU) at Southampton University, said the evidence...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Oxford, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Southampton University, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Saad Shakir, DSRU


How will England's Covid restrictions be changing from 12 April?

Next stage of easing of lockdown will mean non-essential retail can reopen, among other changes Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage England is gearing up for the next stage of coronavirus restrictions being eased from 12 April. So far, step 1 of the proposed roadmap has been completed: on 8 March, pupils and college students returned to the classroom, and care home residents were allowed to receive one regular, named visitor; then on 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up tw...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Coronavirus


How will Covid restrictions change in England from 12 April?

Next stage of easing of lockdown will mean non-essential retail can reopen, among other changes Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage England is gearing up for the next stage of coronavirus restrictions being eased from 12 April. So far, step 1 of the proposed roadmap has been completed: on 8 March, pupils and college students returned to the classroom, and care home residents were allowed to receive one regular, named visitor; then on 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up tw...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Coronavirus


How will Covid restrictions be changing in England from 12 April?

Next stage of easing of lockdown will mean non-essential retail can reopen, among other changes Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage England is gearing up for the next stage of coronavirus restrictions being eased from 12 April. So far, step 1 of the proposed roadmap has been completed: on 8 March, pupils and college students returned to the classroom, and care home residents were allowed to receive one regular, named visitor; then on 29 March, outdoor gatherings of up tw...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Coronavirus


Covid, debt and desperation: an MP’s caseload in struggling Hull

With infection rates more than twice the English average, Labour’s Emma Hardy fears reopening may come too soon for her constituencyWhile much of England counts down the days to their first beer garden pint or a long-overdue haircut, Emma Hardy will be watching the government’s Covid dashboard nervously. The Labour MP is looking forward to a trim, but she is also very worried that her Hull constituency risks being forgotten again.Coronavirus has hit Hull so badly that last month Hardy quit her j...
Tags: Politics, England, London, Communities, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Labour, Local Politics, Hull, North Of England, Hardy, Coronavirus, Emma Hardy


Plea to ease Covid maternity rules as women continue to get bad news alone

But Not Maternity Alliance says postcode lottery remains despite guidance issued in DecemberThe majority of women who have received bad news about their pregnancy since December were on their own at the time, despite the NHS ordering trusts to allow partners to be present throughout scans, labour and birth, the Guardian can reveal.An alliance of pregnancy rights campaigners have written to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, urging him to draw up a roadmap for easing visiting restrictions in mat...
Tags: Health, Politics, Pregnancy, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Maternity & paternity rights, Matt Hancock, Not Maternity Alliance


Carrie Symonds, a network of family wealth and a charity investigation

Behind the Aspinall Foundation is a history of power, riches and links to the Tory partyWhen Carrie Symonds was welcomed to her job at the wildlife conservation charity the Aspinall Foundation back in January, her new boss gushed that she had arrived at an “exciting time” for the organisation. Symonds, said Damian Aspinall, would be be a “huge asset to us”.Coverage of Boris Johnson’s fiancee’s appointment as head of communications focused on her well-publicised love of animals – useful, given th...
Tags: Politics, Africa, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Charities, Boris Johnson, Kent, Zac Goldsmith, Symonds, Aspinall Foundation, Port Lympne, Damian Aspinall, Carrie Symonds, Howletts


A year of Covid crisis: a glimmer of economic hope at the end of the tunnel

Twelve months after the pandemic struck the Guardian’s economic tracker reveals real risk of lasting damageUK economy poised to recover after Covid-19 second waveAndy Haldane: only a skills plan can protect against falloutWhen Boris Johnson announced the first stay-at-home order, effectively shutting down whole sections of the economy, it was hoped the tide could be turned within 12 weeks. As many months later, lockdown measures are being relaxed for a third time and Britain still faces a length...
Tags: Business, Politics, Interest Rates, Economics, Bank Of England, Society, UK News, Housing Market, Commercial Property, Stock Markets, Britain, Unemployment, Global Economy, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Inflation


Ministers dropped the ball on sexual violence in schools, says Labour

Jess Phillips says government has not taken issue seriously, five years after committee’s reportSexual violence is endemic in schools and the government must launch an inquiry to establish how widespread it is, the shadow minister for domestic violence has said.Jess Phillips said the issue had been pointed out to the government five years ago, it had been a “problem for a very long time” and ministers had “dropped the ball”. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Education, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Labour, Schools, Education policy, Ofsted, Maria Miller, Jess Phillips, Rape and sexual assault


EU children in UK care system could become 'undocumented' adults, charity warns

Just 39% of children or young adults in care have applications to remain in UK after BrexitThousands of children of EU citizens who have been taken into care may become “undocumented” adults with no right to work, rent a home or receive benefits, a charity has warned.The Children’s Society has found that just 39% of children in care, or young adults who have recently left care, have had applications to remain in the country after Brexit made on their behalf. It says this is “unacceptable” and th...
Tags: Politics, UK, Eu, Society, UK News, Migration, Children's Rights, Brexit, Children 's Society


Britons in France could lose driving licences due to post-Brexit impasse

Thousands face not having a valid permit after lack of deal between UK and France and flood of applicationsThousands of British citizens in France have been left without a valid driving licence, or face losing theirs within months, because of bureaucratic overload and the failure of the two countries’ governments to sign a post-Brexit reciprocal agreement.“I’d say there are 3,000 who are seriously worried – for whom this has really become nightmarish,” said Kim Cranstoun, who moved permanently t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Brexit, Kim Cranstoun, Facebook group for Britons


​How important is civility for democracy? For Habermas, not very.

Have we become unreasonable? In democracies around the world, anxious commentators exhort their fellow citizens to be more open-minded, more willing to engage in good-faith debate. In our era of hyperpolarisation, social-media echo chambers and populist demagogues, many have turned to civility as the missing ingredient in our public life.So, how important is civility for democracy? According to one of the greatest theorists of the democratic public sphere, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas,...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Democracy, European Union, Society, Innovation, Philosophy, Public Spaces, Aristotle, Habermas, Jürgen Habermas, Frankfurt School, Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt Habermas, Steven KleinThis


Council 'prioritised cost over safety', Grenfell Tower inquiry hears

Landlords showed ‘staggering lack of concern’ by failing to order checks after being warned about dangerous claddingThe London fire brigade warned the Grenfell Tower landlords about dangerous cladding just two months before it went up in flames but it failed to order checks that counsel for the bereaved said displayed “a staggering lack of concern” and “scant regard for safety”, the public inquiry into the disaster has heard.The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) was told by fire chi...
Tags: Politics, London, Housing, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Kensington, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Chelsea RBKC, Grenfell tower inquiry


British aid cuts to leave tens of thousands of Syrians 'paperless'

Norwegian Refugee Council says move to pull funding for its legal support programme will leave many in ‘destitution’Tens of thousands of Syrians will no longer receive legal support, leaving many “in utter destitution” without documents they need to work, travel or return home, after the British government pulled £4m in funding from a charity programme, according to its director.News of the cut to a Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) project supporting refugees and internally displaced Syrians, com...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Migration And Development, Refugee Council, Dominic Raab, Refugee Council NRC, Development Office FCDO


Patriot games: why flying the union jack has become so contentious

Politicians of all stripes have long pressed the national flag into service to unite the nation. Now its use as a stage prop or on official buildings is divisiveIn the ancient history of 2007 Gordon Brown stood up in parliament to give his first speech as prime minister. His theme was “reinvigorating Britishness”, and he offered a series of policies to promote the idea.Prominent among them was the plan to end the 1924 edict that allowed the union jack only to be flown from public buildings on 18...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, History, Culture, Labour, Boris Johnson, Gordon Brown, Focus, Priti Patel


Unsafe workspaces: health fears grow as staff get set for the big return

Safety reps sound the alarm over lack of risk assessments, PPE and social distancingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of workers could be returning to unsafe workplaces without Covid risk assessments while the vaccines are still being rolled out and dangerous variants are circulating.A survey of union safety reps by the TUC suggests almost half of employers have not carried out a Covid risk assessment or have outdated, inadequate measures in place that may not ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Health & wellbeing, Trade unions, TUC, Frances O'grady, Guardian Careers, Coronavirus


Home Office revives plan to deport non-UK rough sleepers

Priti Patel’s ministry has quietly relaunched a covert programme exposed in 2019 by the ObserverThe Home Office has quietly relaunched a controversial programme that uses councils and homelessness charities to obtain personal data that could lead to the deportation of non-UK rough sleepers.Two charities and six councils have signed up to the scheme since it was relaunched six months ago, according to documents obtained by Liberty Investigates, a journalism unit of the human rights organisation L...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Poverty, Homelessness, Charities, Social exclusion, Voluntary sector, Home Office, Priti Patel, Liberty Continue, Liberty Investigates


EU leaders back 'global value chains' instead of vaccine export bans

Refusal to support measure despite Ursula von der Leyen highlighting 21m doses sent to UK Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEU leaders backed “global value chains” rather than support Brussels in using new powers to block Covid jab exports to highly vaccinated countries, despite being told that 21m doses had been sent to the UK.At a virtual summit, attended briefly by Joe Biden, the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, highlighted the large shipments sen...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, Society, UK News, Joe Biden, European Commission, Vaccines and immunisation, Brussels, Ursula von der Leyen, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


EU leaders told bloc has sent 21m Covid vaccine doses to the UK

Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, emphasises need for member states to secure supplyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUrsula von der Leyen has revealed to EU leaders that 21m doses of Covid vaccine have been exported to the UK from suppliers based in the bloc’s member states as she emphasised the need to secure jabs at home.At a virtual summit of the 27 heads of state and government, the European commission president used an address to highlight the dependency...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, Society, UK News, European Commission, Vaccines and immunisation, Ursula von der Leyen, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, Leyen


UK moves to ease tensions with EU over Covid vaccine exports

Sources raise possibility of sharing jab supplies from Dutch AstraZeneca plant as diplomacy blitz beginsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters will seek to calm tensions over a potential EU ban on vaccine exports to the UK in a diplomacy blitz this week as sources raised the possibility of sharing jab supplies from a Dutch plant.Sources said the UK government was keen to offer support and expertise at the AstraZeneca vaccine production plant in the Netherlands, run...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Netherlands, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Coronavirus, Halix


UK faces 'Covid decade' due to damage done by pandemic, says report

British Academy review calls for wide-ranging new policies to reverse rise in deprivation and ill healthBritain faces a “Covid decade” of social and cultural upheaval marked by growing inequality and deepening economic deprivation, a landmark review has concluded.Major changes to the way society is run in the wake of the pandemic are needed to mitigate the impact of the “long shadow” cast by the virus, including declining public trust and an explosion in mental illness, the British Academy repor...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Public finance, Poverty, Mental Health, Social exclusion, Inequality, Patrick Vallance, British Academy, Coronavirus



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