Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

July 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call…

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Warren Buffett Makes The Case For Single-Payer Health Care

June 29, 2017

In an interview on PBS NewsHour, host Judy Woodruff asked Buffett, a longtime Democratic donor, how the United States should address the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. With my limited knowledge, I think that [single payer] probably is the best system, Buffett said. In almost every field of American business, it pays to bring down costs, he said. Theres an awful lot of people involved in the medical,…

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Fruit and veg farmers facing migrant labour shortages – BBC News

June 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFruit farmers are finding it hard to recruit pickers UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don’t know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops. Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers’ earning power, as well as uncertainty over Brexit, according to a BBC…

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando,…

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection….

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSee the tough questions to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in a special BBC Question Time show Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn faced a grilling from members of the public in a BBC Question Time election special. Here are five key takeaways. 1. The audience was on fire It might not have been the head-to-head many people wanted – which Mr Corbyn…

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Samaritans: Record numbers contacted charity last year – BBC News

June 1, 2017

Samaritans chief executive Ruth Sutherland said: “Suicide is complex but it’s also an inequality issue and a number of factors, including deprivation, can put you at increased risk. “Even two pence a minute was enough to deter some callers, which is why we were determined to make all calls to Samaritans free. “These figures show our volunteers are making the difference by being there for increasing numbers of people, but…

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Brexit expat retirees ‘may cost NHS millions’ – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Brits abroad Around 190,000 British pensioners live abroad. Under the EU reciprocal “S1” scheme, British pensioners have the right to go to any other EU member state and receive the same health care rights as the local population. According to the Nuffield Trust, it may not be easy to continue with this agreement after Brexit. If all of these pensioners decided to return to the UK – a big if…

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Senate introduces first bill to provide insurance for gig workers

May 26, 2017

Uber drivers are getting some attention from the Senate.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock We know about the problems with the gig economy: workers who drive for Uber, deliver food for Postmates, and run errands on TaskRabbit don’t have health insurance or any other guarantees or benefits from their employers and their ranks are only growing. While the growth of gig jobs has gotten lots of attention from major companies, research firms, and…

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May 24, 2017

Americans are notoriously bad at taking what little paid time off they get from their jobs. But there is one way to get people to take more paid vacation: Give them more of it. As the economy recovers, companies are offering employees better benefits of all sorts, including more vacation days. Last year, full-time workers who get paid time off from their jobs earned, on average, 22.6 paid vacation days, up .7 days from the…

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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……

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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

May 17, 2017

Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washingtons Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama-era status quo against President Donald Trumps onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the…

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