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Thursday 13th July 2017

We do not think of disabled people enough

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Speaking this week, the Prime Minister welcomed aspects of the new Taylor Review on Modern Work. But if the Government's aspiration to build a fairer society that unlocks all of its talents is to be realised, her team now needs to do more thinking as to how some workers, to whom the review pays little attention, can be empowered.
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Thursday 13th July 2017
Thursday 29th June 2017

Policing and the justice system: tackling the key challenges

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The recent terror attack in London and other parts of the world once again brought attention to the challenges facing policing and the Criminal Justice Sector (CJS). It also renewed the debate on whether cuts to the police budget have compromised public safety.
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Thursday 29th June 2017
Thursday 22nd June 2017

Syrian refugees and higher education

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The Syrian refugee crisis is now in its sixth year. This week marks Refugee Week 2017, the UK's largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting the understanding of why people seek refuge.
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Thursday 22nd June 2017
Thursday 15th June 2017

Austerity measures will not tackle society's 'wicked' problems

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Last week, Theresa May and the Tory Party managed to alienate young and old alike with policies which initially sought to 'equalise' a negative balance between younger and older people and ended up by confusing all concerned. There were many reasons why Theresa May lost her majority, but an insidious adherence to austerity and cutting benefits particularly for older people, undoubtedly played a part.
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Thursday 15th June 2017
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