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Thursday 17th March 2016

The questions raised by freedom of information and arrests made for leaving children home alone

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Freedom of information requests and the ways these are interpreted by the media can answer important questions and shed light on particular custom and practice, on legal loopholes and on cases of ridiculously outdated law. However, such requests often raise more questions than they answer, highlighting a clear need for rigorous research and enquiry to explore what might be important lines of enquiry.
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Thursday 17th March 2016
Thursday 3rd March 2016

The Changing Face of Retail

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This week the British Retail Consortium sent out a warning that the high street may become an even more desolate place in the next few years. According to them the blame is to be laid at the door of the National Living Wage and apprenticeship levy, described by the report as having sound intentions that 'could fail on implementation'. The implication is that both businesses, especially small retail outlets that will not be able to afford the additional costs, and people who lose their jobs in retail and are unable to transition to other jobs, will be hardest hit.
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Thursday 3rd March 2016
Thursday 18th February 2016

EU migrants and access to benefits: where's the controversy?

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In light of the Prime Minister's call for an EU Referendum in the UK, Professor Jenny Phillimore examines the idea that high levels of welfare increases the number of new migrants to a country.
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Thursday 18th February 2016
Friday 5th February 2016

David Cameron's focus on Black & minority ethnic student access is a modest but welcome first step

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Earlier this week, David Cameron stunned those of us committed to campaigning for race equality. He dared name discrimination – "overt, unconscious, institutional" - as an issue facing Black and minority ethnic populations in the criminal justice system, the armed forces, and - significantly - UK universities.
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Friday 5th February 2016
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