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50p at 50: how Britons' living costs have changed since 1969 | Money | The Guardian

50p at 50: how Britons' living costs have changed since 1969 | Money | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The front page of the Guardian carried stories on the two burning issues of the day: the eruption of violence in Northern Ireland, and the endless negotiations over the UK joining the EEC. The chief comment piece was speculation about a forthcoming general election, with Labour behind in the polls. And a large advert from the Decimal Currency Board proclaimed the arrival that day of the “50 new penny piece”.
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Women who experience sexism are more likely to be depressed

Women who experience sexism are more likely to be depressed | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A new study has found a link between gender discrimination and mental illness
Living in a patriarchal society is exhausting, so it’s unsurprising that a new study has found that women who experience sexism are three times more likely to be depressed than those who don’t.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) analysed data from 2,956 women over the age of 16 who were questioned for the UK Household Longitudinal Study in 2009 and 2010. 
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Women who experience sexism ‘three times more likely to report depression’

Women who experience sexism ‘three times more likely to report depression’ | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Women who experience sex discrimination are three times more likely than those who don't to report depression, a new study has found.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) recently carried out an investigation to explore whether there is a connection between a woman's experience of sexism and their mental wellbeing.
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Almost one-fifth of Britons 'do not use internet'

Almost one-fifth of Britons 'do not use internet' | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Almost 20% of British people are not using the internet, a survey suggests.

The detailed in-home survey of almost 2,000 Britons found that 18% described themselves as non-users.

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), which carried out the research, said people falling into the category tended to be older and poorer than frequent net users.

The size of the group presented a "dilemma" for any government trying to reach and support them, said the OII.
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What you should you expect to earn at your age - and what employers have to pay you - Mirror Online

What you should you expect to earn at your age - and what employers have to pay you - Mirror Online | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
As you get older, you tend to earn more. But whether you're being paid fairly for your age is harder to find out.

The average employee in the UK makes £569 a week, according to the ONS, working out at just under £30,000 a year. But that number changes quickly depending on your age.

In fact, even the minimum wage - or national living wage as the Government terms it - is age dependednt.

Under 18s only have to be paid £4.35 an hour; 18 to 20-year-olds need to be paid at least £6.15 an hour; 21 to 24-year olds get £7.70; while over 25s get £8.21 or more.
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Whitehall department strike grows as workers demand living wage | Politics | The Guardian

Whitehall department strike grows as workers demand living wage | Politics | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Receptionists, security guards, porters and postroom staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in London have joined cleaners and caterers in striking for better pay and conditions, marking a significant escalation in the dispute.

The workers are employed by the contractors ISS and Aramark, who run security, catering, cleaning and support services at BEIS.
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How does nature affect mental health? Living close to park linked with happiness

How does nature affect mental health? Living close to park linked with happiness | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A home close to an urban green space can be good for the soul.

For city dwellers, living within about 300 yards of a park or nature reserve was associated with higher life satisfaction, higher sense of worth and more happiness, British researchers recently reported in the journal Applied Geography.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Swindon GP shortage leaves angry patients waiting weeks for appointment

SPECIAL REPORT: Swindon GP shortage leaves angry patients waiting weeks for appointment | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
SOME patients in Swindon are finding more difficult than ever before to get an appointment at their GP surgery.

The borough is 25 per cent short of its quota of full-time GPs, with total number the number dropping from 125 to 116 in the last two years.

Much-publicised problems resulting from the IMH management of five surgeries in the town – Taw Hill, Eldene and Phoenix surgeries and the Abbey Meads and Moredon medical centres – has made matters worse.
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Tax on sugary snacks ‘could be more effective than drinks levy’

Increasing the cost of sugary snacks could be more effective at tackling obesity than the tax on sugary drinks, researchers believe.

The introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in April last year has led to a “wave of reformulation” by the drinks industry, the authors of a new BMJ study said.
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How does going vegan help save the planet? Here are the facts

How does going vegan help save the planet? Here are the facts | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Environmentally-speaking, the world is not in a great place right now. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – one of the main contributors to climate change – is continuing to rise past levels last seen millions of years ago. This, combined with other greenhouse gases, has triggered extreme weather events across the globe. Seven of the ten hottest years on record took place in the last decade.
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Landlords charge 'pet rent' to recoup losses after ban on unfair fees | Money | The Guardian

Landlords charge 'pet rent' to recoup losses after ban on unfair fees | Money | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Practice has emerged since new law designed to save renters in England money
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Don’t be caught out by the latest Delivery Scam

Don’t be caught out by the latest Delivery Scam | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is! If you’re not expecting it, don’t sign for it! This is sound advice following the latest delivery scam to reach the UK.

Unscrupulous fraudsters are finding ever more inventive ways to con people out of their hard-earned cash and one of the latest is a delivery scam.
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Police need to step up and treat fraud seriously, says top law enforcer | London

Police need to step up and treat fraud seriously, says top law enforcer | London | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Fraud has been a “Cinderella crime” for too long and must be taken far more seriously by police to stop criminals plundering the wealth of law-abiding citizens, one of the country’s top law enforcers said today.

Graeme Biggar, the head of the National Economic Crime Centre, said that fraud was “not getting the attention it deserves” despite being one of the most commonly committed offences.
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Women Who Experience Sexism Three Times More Likely To Be Depressed | HuffPost Life

Women Who Experience Sexism Three Times More Likely To Be Depressed | HuffPost Life | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Widespread sexism is fuelling poor mental health among women, a new study suggests, with 20% of those surveyed reporting sex-based discrimination.

The one in five women who experienced discrimination were three times more likely to go on to report having clinical depression in the four years following their experiences, compared to their peers.
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Sexism levels 'fuelling poor mental health among women'

Sexism levels 'fuelling poor mental health among women' | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
High levels of sexism could be fuelling poor mental health among women, a study suggests. One in five women report sex discrimination and these women are also more likely to develop poorer mental health after the experience.

The University College London (UCL) study, published in Health Psychology, analysed data from nearly 3,000 women over four years. Few men reported sex discrimination so were not included in the analysis. The group provided information on perceived sexism and their mental health status at the outset of the study in 2009/10 and then again in 2013/14.
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High levels of sexism could be fuelling poor mental health among women | UCL News - UCL - London's Global University

High levels of sexism could be fuelling poor mental health among women | UCL News - UCL - London's Global University | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
One in five women report sex discrimination and these women are more likely to develop poorer mental health after the sexist experience, according to a new UCL study investigating links between sexism and mental health and wellbeing.
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Why do ‘niche parties’ perform so well in European and subnational elections?

Why do ‘niche parties’ perform so well in European and subnational elections? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The recent European elections saw a range of small, single-issue parties perform exceptionally well. In the United Kingdom, the Brexit Party received 30.7% of the votes. In Germany, the Green Party made remarkable gains, winning 20.5% of the votes. Green parties also performed well in countries such as France, Sweden and Finland, as did anti-immigration far-right parties. Although these strong results may be viewed as inevitable consequences of fragmenting party systems linked to the growing importance of issues such as climate change, immigration and national pride in public debate, these results in fact fit a longstanding pattern: single-issue parties – sometimes referred to as ‘niche parties’ – tend to receive higher vote shares in European and subnational elections (so called ‘second-order elections’) than in preceding and subsequent national elections. Why is this the case?
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Length of employees’ commutes ‘fuelling gender pay gap’

Length of employees’ commutes ‘fuelling gender pay gap’ | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
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Length of employees’ commutes ‘fuelling gender pay gap’
5 Sep 2019 By Siobhan Palmer
ONS suggests women are sacrificing salary in exchange for shorter journeys to work, increasing pay disparity


Commuting times may be contributing to the gender pay gap, according to a study published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Analysis of official data by the ONS found that longer commutes were associated with higher pay for both men and women, but that women spent 20 per cent less time traveling to work, which it said fuelled the problem of gender pay disparity.
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Health experts voice alarm as number of Bristol smokers soars - Bristol Live

Health experts voice alarm as number of Bristol smokers soars - Bristol Live | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The number of people smoking in Bristol is on the rise with thousands more taking up the dangerous habit.

Experts have warned the "disappointing" upturn means more mass media campaigns and education is needed to cute rates.

New figures show that in 2018, 16.3 per cent of adults across Bristol admitted to being smokers. That compares to 11.1 per cent in 2017.
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Parents are fitter than kids according to survey

Parents are fitter than kids according to survey | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Research carried out by Decathlon has found that children tend to be the least active family members. 77 per cent of 7,600 parents questioned said that they exercised more frequently than their children, even when PE lessons were taken into account.

In 2017, Cycling UK said that getting more children cycling to school should be a public health priority after the Millennium Cohort Study highlighted a ‘stark’ increase in the proportion of children who are overweight or obese between the ages of seven and 11.
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What does the National Travel Survey tell us about how much we travel?

What does the National Travel Survey tell us about how much we travel? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Government recently published the National Travel Survey, one of the annual highlights in the calendar for transport researchers such as myself. Contained in the cells and tabs of the 77 spreadsheets served up in the survey (as well as, to the credit of the Department for Transport, its accompanying commentary document) is a statistical nirvana on how we, as a nation, are travelling.
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Study adds weight to 'sugar tax' on cake and biscuits - British Baker

Study adds weight to 'sugar tax' on cake and biscuits - British Baker | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A tax on biscuits, cakes and sweets might be more effective at reducing obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar-sweetened drinks, latest research suggests.

The study, published in the BMJ, found that high-sugar snacks made up more free sugar and energy intake than fizzy drinks. Researchers used economic modelling to assess the impact of a 20% increase on high-sugar snack foods in the UK.

Raising the cost by 20% would help reduce annual average energy intake by around 8,900 calories and lead to an average weight loss of 1.3kg (2.8lb) over one year, researchers claimed.
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'We took out a marathon mortgage until we're 105 – to help our son get on the property ladder'

'We took out a marathon mortgage until we're 105 – to help our son get on the property ladder' | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Like many baby boomers, Keith and Pamela Travis, 65 and 64 respectively, have done well out of the property market.

The couple benefited from buying before the housing boom, paying £17,500 for their first home in Cumbria in the 1980s. Following various moves, they were able to go mortgage-free in 2011, and have been nicely set up for retirement with their four-bed house in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, now worth £700,000.

But they have recently taken out a so-called “marathon mortgage” across 40 years, stretching until they are 105 and 104.
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Commission issues advice to help older donors avoid fraud

Commission issues advice to help older donors avoid fraud | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
With HMRC data showing that 374,000 people over the age of 65 made donations in tax year 2017/18, totalling £1,092 million, the Charity Commission has issued advice to help older donors avoid falling victim to fraud.

The Charity Commission also cites recent findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, which show that almost 1 in 12 of respondents aged 65 and older reported being the victim of fraud in the last year: equivalent to more than 800,000 older people in England and Wales. Its own research from 2017 suggests just under a third of 65-74 year olds usually do checks on a charity before donating.
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Charity Commission issues advice for older donors

Charity Commission issues advice for older donors | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Charity Commission is urging older donors to make important checks before giving their money to charities, as part of a series of campaigns.

It says that older donors are at risk of charitable giving scams and advises people to report collections or appeals to the police if they think they are not legitimate.

The message is part of a series of campaigns raising awareness of giving safely, with the Commission targeting a range of communities across England and Wales.
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