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Thursday 7th July 2016

How unpaid carers are still not supported by the Care Act

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The Care Act, which came into act in April 2015, has been widely welcomed. However implementation of the act is far from complete. After replacing the 1948 National Assistance Act and 60 years of piecemeal amending legislation, the Care Act both consolidated and simplified care law in England. It set in place a new organising principle for decision makers, the promotion of individual wellbeing, and placed the rights of informal carers on an equal footing to those with care needs.
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Thursday 7th July 2016
Thursday 30th June 2016

Understanding why elite sportspeople turn to doping

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Why do so many elite sportspeople turn to doping?The frequency of doping scandals in sport shows that testing appears to be an insufficient deterrent against doping for many athletes, and there may be a case to be had that they dope simply 'because they can get away with it'.
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Thursday 30th June 2016
Thursday 23rd June 2016

Why the 'poll of polls' cannot be an exact science: the problem with predictions

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There is only one perfect poll for the EU referendum, and that is the one taking place across the country today. In the lead up to this, opinion polls have been highly contradictory, with big swings seemingly taking place on consecutive days.
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Thursday 23rd June 2016
Thursday 16th June 2016

Should we stay or should we go? The food industry might like to let us know

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There have been many calls on the UK's food industry and grocery supermarket leaders to give a steer, but in the main no leading retailer executives are prepared to go on record regarding a possible Brexit and the impact on consumer prices on the high street. In a statement, supermarket chain Tesco said: 'The referendum on EU membership is a decision for the people of Britain. Whatever that decision is, our focus will continue to be on serving customers.' But how can consumers weigh up the options, when the cost of their grocery shopping basket will be affected either way?
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Thursday 16th June 2016
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