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UK’s state pension is one of the lowest in Europe. It’s the main reason for misery among retirees
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Lord Prem Sikka

UK’s state pension is one of the lowest in Europe. It’s the main reason for misery among retirees

As politicians gear up for the general election, Lord Prem Sikka writes about why state pension needs to be raised to a decent level to lift retirees out of poverty
Dear Sunak and Starmer: Workplace mental health is too serious to be used as a political football
Poppy Jaman

Dear Sunak and Starmer: Workplace mental health is too serious to be used as a political football

There’s no debate – the fate of the UK will not be decided by big mouth over small mouth
John Bird

There’s no debate – the fate of the UK will not be decided by big mouth over small mouth

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Number of pensioners in poverty will double by 2040 unless next government acts
Joanna Elson

Number of pensioners in poverty will double by 2040 unless next government acts

We need social housing so young people can grow up without homelessness – it just makes sense
Tom Kerridge

We need social housing so young people can grow up without homelessness – it just makes sense

Political opinion

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We need more women MPs – but we can’t just expect women to stand for election. We must act
Lyanne Nicholl

We need more women MPs – but we can’t just expect women to stand for election. We must act

There is no sense of urgency to reach equal representation in politics, writes Lyanne Nicholl, CEO of 50:50 Parliament. Why are we all happily sleepwalking into continued gender inequality?
Tories seem to think pandering to the extreme right is a vote-winner. But where’s the evidence?
Adam Barnett

Tories seem to think pandering to the extreme right is a vote-winner. But where’s the evidence?

Ultra-processed food is often blamed for obesity – but we should be looking at government policy
Mark Game

Ultra-processed food is often blamed for obesity – but we should be looking at government policy

Homelessness

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Taylor Swift is showing just how bad Edinburgh’s housing emergency really is
Taylor Swift
Alison Watson

Taylor Swift is showing just how bad Edinburgh’s housing emergency really is

This government failed to end rough sleeping – so now they’re trying to police it out of existence
The Criminal Justice Bill criminalises rough sleeping
Tom Kerridge

This government failed to end rough sleeping – so now they’re trying to police it out of existence

Homelessness has exploded since I slept on the streets. Here’s how to end it once and for all
people experiencing homelessness also face stigma
Matthew Torbitt

Homelessness has exploded since I slept on the streets. Here’s how to end it once and for all

Moving our bodies is good for our mental health, so what’s stopping us?
moving mental health
Oliver Chantler

Moving our bodies is good for our mental health, so what’s stopping us?

Poverty

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UK’s state pension is one of the lowest in Europe. It’s the main reason for misery among retirees
state pension/ retirees
Lord Prem Sikka

UK’s state pension is one of the lowest in Europe. It’s the main reason for misery among retirees

As politicians gear up for the general election, Lord Prem Sikka writes about why state pension needs to be raised to a decent level to lift retirees out of poverty
Number of pensioners in poverty will double by 2040 unless next government acts
pensioner poverty
Joanna Elson

Number of pensioners in poverty will double by 2040 unless next government acts

Women and girls across Britain are in crisis. The next government must act – and fast
secretary of state for women and girls/ women's rights protest
Indy Cross

Women and girls across Britain are in crisis. The next government must act – and fast

Sam Delaney

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How a dreary trip to a travel agent became an escapade of exotic birds and celebrity musicians
A parrot
Sam Delaney

How a dreary trip to a travel agent became an escapade of exotic birds and celebrity musicians

How puzzles became the nourishing distraction that helps me face the day
A crossword puzzle makes for a good start for the day
Sam Delaney

How puzzles became the nourishing distraction that helps me face the day

Myth of hard work needs to be busted. Luck and privilege are usually behind success
A man having a nap on a bench
Sam Delaney

Myth of hard work needs to be busted. Luck and privilege are usually behind success

Some people might find my middle-aged life boring – but it’s real. There’s beauty in the humdrum
Sam Delaney says old people can still enjoy live music
Sam Delaney

Some people might find my middle-aged life boring – but it’s real. There’s beauty in the humdrum

John Bird

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There’s no debate – the fate of the UK will not be decided by big mouth over small mouth
John Bird

There’s no debate – the fate of the UK will not be decided by big mouth over small mouth

This election, we must demand social security be rocket-fuelled so it becomes social opportunity
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John Bird

This election, we must demand social security be rocket-fuelled so it becomes social opportunity

Westminsterism may think it knows best – but dismantling it can help us move forward
Affected families in Westminster after the damning report into the infected blood scandal was published
John Bird

Westminsterism may think it knows best – but dismantling it can help us move forward

“We demand an end to poverty”: Big Issue Group lay out policy calls to political leaders ahead of General Election
Press Release

“We demand an end to poverty”: Big Issue Group lay out policy calls to political leaders ahead of General Election

Paul McNamee

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What a row over Tayto crisps tells us about general election and the politics of distraction
Paul McNamee

What a row over Tayto crisps tells us about general election and the politics of distraction

Forget national service – work out what young people actually need. Regardless of how they vote
It's our future too banner
Paul McNamee

Forget national service – work out what young people actually need. Regardless of how they vote

There’s so many questions needing answers this general election it’s hard to zone in on just one
Rishi Sunak calling a July 4 general election on May 22
Paul McNamee

There’s so many questions needing answers this general election it’s hard to zone in on just one

Why we need a safe, competent pair of hands for our political challenges
Paul McNamee

Why we need a safe, competent pair of hands for our political challenges