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A "perfect storm" of stagnating wages and benefits cuts has led to the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in the England widening, according to new research.A new study, published on Thursday evening, also found that life expectancy for the country's poorest women has fallen by three…
Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on inequalities among asthma patients states that children growing up in homes with mould are up to three times…
A Scottish Conservative MSP has defended welfare reforms, claiming those who do not work “cannot have as many children as they like”.Michelle Ballantyne also told the Scottish Parliament’s chamber that Universal Credit was a “key part of reducing inequality in this country”.She said the six-in-one benefit payment was “working for…
Campaigners pushing for reform of Northern Ireland's abortion and marriage laws have hailed an "historic day" after MPs approved moves to better monitor equal rights compliance.Labour MP Stella Creasy's amendment to emergency legislation linked to the powersharing crisis was approved by 207 votes to 117 - majority 90 - following…
Britain is in danger of becoming a "two-speed society" with some groups excluded from the prosperity and rights enjoyed by others, the country's equality body has warned.At-risk groups are in danger of being forgotten and "trapped in disadvantage", said the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Its study found that progress made…
A health board has apologised after advising staff to avoid speaking to members of the travelling community.NHS National Services Scotland sent an internal memo to staff at its staff at Gyle Square, Edinburgh, regarding local travellers.The memo said the board planned to lock all facilities over the weekend having been…
The Health Secretary has been urged to investigate concerns over access to mental health services for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) patients.Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica Lennon has written to Jeane Freeman asking her to take action following claims BAME people can struggle to get proper mental health treatment.Dr Asif…
Theresa May has defended her "hostile environment" immigration policies which led to people from the so-called Windrush generation to lose their jobs, welfare benefits and right to remain in the UK. Mrs May (pictured) apologised for the fact that many long-standing UK residents of Caribbean origin had been caught by…
Former politician and broadcaster Trevor Phillips has said he was "complicit" in workplace harassment of young women. The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, said that such behaviour was commonplace in the world of television. Phillips admitted…
More than one in 10 people in the UK live in "persistent poverty", according to a report that takes a fresh look at the way financial hardship is measured. A major study by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) found that 7.7 million people, 12.1% of the UK population, have spent…
People in Scotland’s most deprived neighbourhoods are almost a quarter more likely to die alone at home than others, new research says. The research says those living in the most deprived neighbourhoods are 24% more likely to die alone at home than those in the least deprived areas. Those living…
A charity has warned a decline in the number of public toilets across Scotland risks discriminating against disabled people. Disability Equality Scotland said a lack of available facilities can discourage those with a disability from leaving their homes because they are worried about how they will cope. The organisation has…
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