The ever-compliant Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail have floated the idea that, under a “major NHS drive” to be announced this week, GPs will be “named and shamed” if they fail to offer enough face-to-face appointments at some later date.
For more than 150 years, life expectancy has been rising in all developed countries, as a result of improvements in public health, lifestyle, working conditions, healthcare and medicines. A child born in 2010 could expect to live ten years longer than their grandparents, born in 1950. A decade ago, women continued to live longer than men, but the decline of dangerous male manual work meant that the gap between women and men was closing.
It is not hard to understand why people here are having fewer babies. The Foundation quotes an OECD estimate that the typical working couple in the UK spend 22 per cent of their income on full-time childcare, about double the average rate for Western economies.
The government is set to push through a £20 a week cut to Universal Credit, a decision that will hit 5.5 million families.
The Government must act now to protect children from the profound online harm of viewing online pornography.
The Universal Credit uplift is set to end on 6th October, despite considerable opposition. Conservative peer Baroness Stroud says that ‘levelling up is impossible if Universal Credit is cut’. Footballer Marcus Rashford calls for the cut to be axed to help tackle the ‘child hunger pandemic’. Ex-PM, Gordon Brown says the cut is ‘vindictive even beyond austerity’.
Renata has qualified as a dentist both in Brazil and in Italy, in the EU. The UK needs dentists, but does not accept her qualifications.
There are more than half a million children in the UK who are destitute, and in some parts of the country half of all children live in relative poverty.
The National Insurance increase is impossible to justify. People living in expensive homes should pay their way when they go into care.