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12 March 2012

Has Polly Toynbee perpetuated NHS 'myths', as Shirley Williams claims?

Over the weekend, Liberal Democrat Peer Shirley Williams hit out at Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee over the latter's reporting of the NHS Bill. Baroness Williams claimed that Ms Toynbee's figures …

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9 March 2012

Do black children wait twice as long to be adopted as white children?

The Government announced today that they will be revising adoption guidelines so that less emphasis is placed on ethnicity. The Guardian reported that black children wait twice as long as …

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8 March 2012

PCC announces closure to review practices ahead of Leveson report

The Press Complaints Commission has confirmed that it will close in its present form in order to review its structure and processes, which have come in for criticism at the …

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8 March 2012

Labour MP demands Prime Minister corrects the record over disabled benefits claims

The controversial issue of welfare reform featured at yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions, where Labour MP Joan Ruddock asked David Cameron: "The Prime Minister is proud of his welfare reforms. [Hon. …

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8 March 2012

BBC complaints and corrections system to be overhauled

The BBC Trust — the body responsible for monitoring the broadcaster's output and governance — today announced proposals for an overhaul of its complaints system aimed at making the process …

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8 March 2012

Does every Remploy place cost £25,000?

Yesterday it was announced that Remploy, the publicly-owned company which provides employment to disabled people, would be closing 36 factories. The Government justified the decision by arguing that each place …

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7 March 2012

Has Boris Johnson saved every Londoner £445?

The Mayor claims that by freezing - and then cutting - council tax over the past four years, he has put £445 back in Londoners' pockets. How does his claim …

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7 March 2012

Are 44 per cent of young black people unemployed?

Earlier this week Labour MP Diane Abbott wrote a column in the Guardian claiming that 44 per cent of young black people were unemployed. She went on to claim the …

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6 March 2012

Has one in three teenage girls experienced some form of sexual violence?

Several news organisations reported yesterday that one in three teenage girls have suffered some form of sexual violence. The figure emerged as a new campaign raising awareness of sex abuse …

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5 March 2012

Will a cut in fuel duty create 180,000 jobs?

As Budget day approaches, lobby group FairFuelUK are planning to ratchet up support for a reduction in fuel duty, claiming that a cut will create 180,000 jobs. But is there …

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5 March 2012

Are one in three jobs lost across the UK in Scotland?

In a speech to the Scottish Labour Party Conference, Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke of the strains of unemployment in the region, claiming that one out of three jobs lost …

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5 March 2012

Has the NHS paid out nearly £20 million in compensation to staff?

The Daily Mail reported this morning that NHS staff have claimed a total of nearly £20 million in "taxpayer-funded compensation" for injuries, and that the number of staff claiming compensation …

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