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New Stonewall boss suggests fresh approach to division on trans rights | Transgender | The Guardian

New Stonewall boss suggests fresh approach to division on trans rights | Transgender | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The new chief executive of Stonewall has sought to defuse the increasingly toxic row over transgender rights, telling the Observer that her organisation would no longer seek to persuade its critics to accept its views on gender.

“I’m really focused on the idea that we don’t have to convert everybody to our way of understanding gender,” Nancy Kelley said in her first interview since taking up the position as head of the UK’s leading gay rights charity. “For Stonewall to succeed, it doesn’t have to make people believe as it believes. What it has to do is make people support changes that make trans lives easier.”
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David Oliver Q&A: a view from the Covid-19 coalface | 

David Oliver Q&A: a view from the Covid-19 coalface |  | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis changing the way we live our lives and having a huge impact on the NHS, David Oliver describes what motivates him as a clinician at such a time, what the health service and the wider country need to learn from the past few months, and how pleased he is to be doing the job that he trained for.
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Backing for immigration hits 40-year high | David Sapsted | Relocate magazine

Backing for immigration hits 40-year high | David Sapsted | Relocate magazine | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
There is more support for legal immigration among Britons than at any other time since the 1980s, according to new research.
In an article published by the London School of Economics, Patrick English, an associate lecturer in data analysis at the University of Exeter, says there has been a collapse in anti-immigrant hostility across the UK since the run-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum.
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Are there differences in volunteering in health and social care and responses to the Coronavirus in England and Wales?

This week, hundreds of thousands of volunteers reported for duty and have started helping the NHS in its fight against coronavirus. The public’s response in volunteering to assist the NHS  has been one of the most positive reactions to the current coronavirus crisis. In particular, over 250,000 people living in England signed up to volunteer to provide help for the NHS via the GoodSAM website within a day of the government announcement on 24/3/2020. The following day this number had passed the half a million mark and had exceeded 750,000 within three days .
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New polling: voters care for the poor, but few mourn the near-forgotten legal target on child poverty | Prospect Magazine

New polling: voters care for the poor, but few mourn the near-forgotten legal target on child poverty | Prospect Magazine | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago, as these infographics highlight, the British government vowed to end child poverty by 2020. That promise was put into law ten years ago, specifically setting targets for the financial year that starts this week. Those targets were removed four years ago. Official statistics say at least one in 10 children are in “low income and material deprivation” and that one in three children are poor by other measures.

Deltapoll presented much of that information to a representative sample of 1,545 adults in Britain between 13th and 16th March this year. Respondents were then asked, “Which of the following do you think should be the government’s approach to dealing with child poverty?” and gave the following answers.
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Coronavirus means we really are, finally, all in this together | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian

Coronavirus means we really are, finally, all in this together | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
I saw a coronavirus banner the other day that said “Check in on your five nearest neighbours”, and I thought about Errol Graham.

Back in January, just as China’s Covid-19 outbreak was turning critical, the story broke of how Graham, a grandfather of two and lover of football, had died aged 57. In June 2018, bailiffs pursuing him for nonpayment of his rent had found Graham’s body, which weighed just four and a half stone. A coroner’s report said he suffered from severe social anxiety, and had isolated himself from even family and friends. His flat in Nottingham had no gas or electricity, and there was no food in his fridge apart from two cans of fish that were four years out of date.
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Differing perspectives on transgender rights | Letters | Society | The Guardian

Differing perspectives on transgender rights | Letters | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
We reject the argument put forward in a column by Suzanne Moore (Women must have the right to organise. We will not be silenced, G2, 3 March) in which she implies that advocating for trans rights poses a threat to cisgender women. The British Social Attitudes Survey (2017) found that a majority of the British public were supportive of transgender people, with women more likely to be in favour of trans rights than men. Moore’s column does not represent the views of the public, nor is it representative of the views of most women.
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Cycling commuters nearly 50 per cent more likely to be injured, study finds

Cycling commuters nearly 50 per cent more likely to be injured, study finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Cycling to work may help you lose weight, get some fresh air and save money on the daily commute.
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The myth of meritocracy leads the rich and powerful to see themselves as productive geniuses

The myth of meritocracy leads the rich and powerful to see themselves as productive geniuses | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distributed according to skill and effort. The most common metaphor is the “even playing field” upon which players can rise to the position that fits their merit. Conceptually and morally, meritocracy is presented as the opposite of systems such as hereditary aristocracy, in which one’s social position is determined by the lottery of birth. Under meritocracy, wealth and advantage are merit’s rightful compensation, not the fortuitous windfall of external events.
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Why poverty has become the scourge of those in work | Larry Elliott | Business | The Guardian

Why poverty has become the scourge of those in work | Larry Elliott | Business | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Turn the clock back to the mid-1990s. The UK economy is on the mend after its second deep recession in a decade but the scars are deep. Britain has an unemployment problem and a poverty problem. What’s more, the two are linked because the majority of poor people live in workless households.

Times have changed. The percentage of people in work is now higher than it has ever been and unemployment, using the internationally agreed yardstick, is below 4% and at its lowest since the mid-1970s.
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Boris Johnson told to focus on poverty instead of 'eye-catching schemes' as report reveals rise in working poor

Boris Johnson told to focus on poverty instead of 'eye-catching schemes' as report reveals rise in working poor | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) reveals that 56% of all those in poverty - defined as having an income below 60% of the UK average after housing costs - are part of a family where at least one person is in employment.

That is a 17% rise in 20 years, with the JRF saying workers' stretched pay packets and a lack of available hours had fuelled the problem.
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Britain's shame as poverty skyrockets with children and pensioners worst hit - Mirror Online

Britain's shame as poverty skyrockets with children and pensioners worst hit - Mirror Online | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Record numbers of people living in poverty in Britain are in working households, a shock study shows.

Despite an increase in employment, in-work poverty has gone up because of low pay and not enough hours of work/

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)’s ‘state of the nation’ report on poverty found 56% of people in poverty are in a working family, compared to 39% 20 years ago.

Poverty has also increased for children and pensioners over the last five years, according to the research group.
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Progress out of poverty more likely in Scotland and NI than rest of UK

Progress out of poverty more likely in Scotland and NI than rest of UK | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
PEOPLE are more likely to progress out of poverty in Scotland or Northern Ireland than in the rest of the UK, according to a new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The study found that poverty levels in the UK reduced slightly since last year but remain higher than in 2014-15. However, for people with the same circumstances in life – such as qualifications and wages – a route out of deprivation was more likely in Scotland or Northern Ireland than in other parts of the UK.
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Culture wars risk blinding us to just how liberal we've become in the past decades | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian

Culture wars risk blinding us to just how liberal we've become in the past decades | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
“Prime minister Boris Johnson stirs culture war over Churchill statue.” So ran a recent New York Times headline. The Washington Post agreed. As “counter protesters” took to the streets to “protect” statues and as controversy erupted over foreign secretary Dominic Raab’s comments on “taking the knee”, many British commentators, too, saw a nation divided and a prime minister stoking the flames of a culture war.
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Why respect religious demands to keep pupils in the dark?

Why respect religious demands to keep pupils in the dark? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
After a select committee chair urged more leeway for a faith school which has long censored textbooks, Stephen Evans says politicians with responsibility for education should stop pandering to religious interests.
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More Brits now support immigration than any time since the 1980s and Brexit | Latest Brexit news and top stories

More Brits now support immigration than any time since the 1980s and Brexit | Latest Brexit news and top stories | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More Britons support immigration now more than at any other time since the 1980s, a survey has found.
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Ekklesia | Public satisfaction with the NHS rose sharply in 2019

Ekklesia | Public satisfaction with the NHS rose sharply in 2019 | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
New analysis by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust shows public satisfaction with the NHS jumped to 60 per cent across the UK in 2019, up seven percentage points from the year before. 

The increase marks a turnaround from declines in 2017 and 2018 which saw public satisfaction with the health service drop to 53 per cent, the lowest level in a decade. With NHS waiting times worsening throughout 2019, the authors conclude the improvement is likely to be linked to high profile announcements of more funding for the service before and while the survey was carried out.
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Could the Covid-19 crisis improve our mental health?

Could the Covid-19 crisis improve our mental health? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
For a member of an ‘at-risk’ age cohort, my grandma is surprisingly sanguine about Covid-19. When I tried to bridge the subject, I was treated to story of a neighbour’s house being blown up by an undiscovered, (until-then) unexploded bomb during the War.

“What was that noise, nanny?” she asked her carer over breakfast.

“A bomb dear. Elbows OFF the table!”
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How the coronavirus crisis has renewed the case for the welfare state

How the coronavirus crisis has renewed the case for the welfare state | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The NHS, former Conservative chancellor Nigel Lawson once observed, is “the closest thing the English have to a religion”. As the nation’s people congregate each Thursday at 8pm to hymn the health service, this description has rarely felt more apt. After the longest period of austerity in its history, the NHS is once more promised “whatever it needs”. Prussia was described as an army with a state; the UK currently resembles a health service with a state. 

The coronavirus pandemic is both a health crisis and an economic one; the NHS has borne the former, the wider welfare state is enduring the latter. Between 16 and 31 March, 950,000 people successfully applied for Universal Credit – ten times the usual fortnightly average. While successful applicants must still wait at least five weeks for their first payment, the government has increased the standard UC allowance by £1,000 a year (a further £80 a month), raising benefits to their highest ever real-terms level. Until recently, unemployment benefit was worth no more than it was in the early 1990s, despite the economy having grown by 75 per cent since then.
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Catholics becoming more liberal on social issues

Catholics becoming more liberal on social issues | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Catholics’ views of whether abortion, homosexuality or euthanasia are justified have all moved in a more liberal direction, according to a new research report.

Researchers at Roman Catholics in Britain: Faith, Society and Politics, a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the University of Leicester and St Mary’s University, have compared five data sets from surveys of social attitudes over the last 40 years. The results show a significant liberalisation of attitudes towards same-sex relationships, euthanasia, and abortion, with the greatest shift occurring over same-sex relations. The shifts have been marked across both general and situation-specific questions on these social issues, including on questions where no significant shift had previously been recorded.
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Biking to work appears more dangerous than other commuting options, study finds

Biking to work appears more dangerous than other commuting options, study finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Cycling to work takes the road to better fitness, but to some biking newbies it can feel like an accident waiting to happen. A new study finds it comes with health benefits but is associated with a higher risk of injury than commuting by other modes of transportation.
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Is naming and shaming bad bosses a carrot or a stick? | Torsten Bell | Opinion | The Guardian

Is naming and shaming bad bosses a carrot or a stick? | Torsten Bell | Opinion | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Shame is a powerful motivator, though not always in a good way. But maybe there’s a good use for it. So we discover from new research examining efforts by the US equivalent of our Health and Safety Executive to improve firms’ behaviour.
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Disabled people 'pulled into poverty' as benefits fall short

Disabled people 'pulled into poverty' as benefits fall short | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Nearly half the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK are disabled or live with someone who is, research for a charity suggests.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation blames the high cost of coping with disability and the struggles disabled people face in finding jobs that pay enough.
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The curse of the girl in the red coat: how we view poverty in Britain

The curse of the girl in the red coat: how we view poverty in Britain | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

You’ve probably seen it. It appears on over three billion web pages across the world, after all. A faceless girl, wearing a bright scarlet coat and running away from the camera along an alley between the backs of dilapidated brick houses.

This is the stock photo from Getty Images, an image site used by journalists, that is mostly used to illustrate stories about poverty in the UK. It was taken by the photographer Christopher Furlong in Manchester in February 2011 and is of a young girl spending “the half-term school holiday playing in an alleyway”, according to the photo caption.

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Boris Johnson faces a 'major challenge' to level up the UK due to regional poverty, report warns | inews

Boris Johnson faces a 'major challenge' to level up the UK due to regional poverty, report warns | inews | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Boris Johnson will face a major challenge in his bid to “unite and level up” the UK because the grip of poverty is so tenacious in the wake of the Brexit, it has been claimed.

Poverty among children has risen over the last five years, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's annual state of the nation report, which highlights a regional divide among those who are suffering.
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