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The number of children living in poverty in the UK has jumped by 200,000 in a year, according to the latest official data.

There were 3.9 million children living in “relative poverty” in 2014-15, up from 3.7 million a year earlier, the figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.

It was the first increase, when housing costs were included, since 2011-12. An individual is considered to be in relative poverty if their household income is less than 60% of median income.

Two-thirds of children in poverty are living in households where at least one adult is in work.

Sam Royston, who chairs of the End Child Poverty Coalition, said the figures were “simply unacceptable”.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/28/number-uk-children-living-inpoverty-jumps-200000
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The number of children living in poverty in the UK has jumped by 200,000 in a year, according to the latest official data.

There were 3.9 million children living in “relative poverty” in 2014-15, up from 3.7 million a year earlier, the figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.

It was the first increase, when housing costs were included, since 2011-12. An individual is considered to be in relative poverty if their household income is less than 60% of median income.

Two-thirds of children in poverty are living in households where at least one adult is in work.

Sam Royston, who chairs of the End Child Poverty Coalition, said the figures were “simply unacceptable”.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/28/number-uk-children-living-inpoverty-jumps-200000
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Join us in this Webinar Thursday June 30th at 11.00am with Mandy Sanghera on Combatting The Mind Set of Radicalisation in our modern age.

You can register for this webinar here https://app.webinarjam.net/register/20480/aa0884f49e and it will take you to the landing page.

Since the emergence of so-called 'Islamic State' (ISIS) in the Spring and Summer of 2014, the cases of young Muslims from Europe joining ISIS in Syria have garnered considerable media attention. And especially the fact that dozens of young women have decided to migrate to the Middle East and join ISIS has raised many questions.

Why are young people becoming radicalised in this way. Mandy Sanghera will be presenting this Webinar. Mandy is a TV Presenter at Multiple Channel and a human rights activist. She is one of the most respected and sought-after experts on forced marriages and honour crimes.
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Handing A Poison Chalice To The Next PM

When David Cameron said there was no hurry to trigger Article 50 that would set in motion the exit of the UK from the European Union he was handing a poison chalice to whoever is the next Prime Minister.

There are a number of scenarios that could happen in the next few months and none of us can be sure which one will prevail. However one possibility is that we will not leave the EU at all.

If the economy does go into free fall in those months before the next Prime Minister leading to economic hardship then a gale of cold air will hit us all. Already one in five business people are saying that they will consider moving some of their business from the UK because of Brexit. If this is accompanied by investment cuts, hiring freezes and redundancies as some are expecting and a continual free fall of the pound putting up prices in the UK then there could be a reaction.

And if the next Prime Minister thinks that triggering Article 50 in those circumstances will lead to a further free fall in the economy leading to hardship to us all then he may pause and think again especially if in those circumstances the polls show emphatic change of mind by the British people because of hardship ahead.

In those circumstances we may well see a second referendum or a General Election leaving Parliament as the sovereign body to decide.

A change of mind is not unprecedented. When Lehman brothers collapsed, the American Congress refused a bail out and as a result the markets went into free fall. This made them reconvene and change their minds.

Harold McMillan once said that what changes decisions is “events dear man events.” This happened in America and it could happen here. It is too early to call yet but it is certainly one scenario to be considered.

Nothing is over until it is over.
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Interesting article by Peter Hennessy one of the leading historians in the UK. Here are some extracts,

It's part of Britain's notion of its ability to punch heavier than its weight internationally, and it has been central to so many calculations.
That's why this vote is the most remarkable jolt to the system. Where it leads in terms of the psychology of British politics as well as the personnel of British politics and indeed the very survival of the United Kingdom as a union with Scotland is all up in the air.
There never has been a day when so many moving parts were thrown up in one go and nobody knows where they will fall.
We know one thing and one thing only - that within a few years we shall no longer be a member of the European Union.
We know so little else about how it will play out, both in terms of the emotional geography of our politics and the emotional geography of our people.
The referendum has revealed deeper fissures and deeper divisions than perhaps we realised were there.
In 2025, we will be out of the European Union and we could be shorn of Scotland. We will be a very different country.
I hope to heaven - because I love this country deeply - that it doesn't turn narrowly inward-looking and resentful.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36625209
The result of the EU referendum puts Britain on a precipice where it has never been before, writes historian Lord Peter Hennessy.
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Join us in this Webinar Thursday June 30th at 11.00am with Mandy Sanghera on Combatting The Mind Set of Radicalisation in our modern age.

You can register for this webinar here https://app.webinarjam.net/register/20480/aa0884f49e and it will take you to the landing page.

Since the emergence of so-called 'Islamic State' (ISIS) in the Spring and Summer of 2014, the cases of young Muslims from Europe joining ISIS in Syria have garnered considerable media attention. And especially the fact that dozens of young women have decided to migrate to the Middle East and join ISIS has raised many questions.

Why are young people becoming radicalised in this way. Mandy Sanghera will be presenting this Webinar. Mandy is a TV Presenter at Multiple Channel and a human rights activist. She is one of the most respected and sought-after experts on forced marriages and honour crimes.
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Handing A Poison Chalice To The Next PM

When David Cameron said there was no hurry to trigger Article 50 that would set in motion the exit of the UK from the European Union he was handing a poison chalice to whoever is the next Prime Minister.

There are a number of scenarios that could happen in the next few months and none of us can be sure which one will prevail. However one possibility is that we will not leave the EU at all.

If the economy does go into free fall in those months before the next Prime Minister leading to economic hardship then a gale of cold air will hit us all. Already one in five business people are saying that they will consider moving some of their business from the UK because of Brexit. If this is accompanied by investment cuts, hiring freezes and redundancies as some are expecting and a continual free fall of the pound putting up prices in the UK then there could be a reaction.

And if the next Prime Minister thinks that triggering Article 50 in those circumstances will lead to a further free fall in the economy leading to hardship to us all then he may pause and think again especially if in those circumstances the polls show emphatic change of mind by the British people because of hardship ahead.

In those circumstances we may well see a second referendum or a General Election leaving Parliament as the sovereign body to decide.

A change of mind is not unprecedented. When Lehman brothers collapsed, the American Congress refused a bail out and as a result the markets went into free fall. This made them reconvene and change their minds.

Harold McMillan once said that what changes decisions is “events dear man events.” This happened in America and it could happen here. It is too early to call yet but it is certainly one scenario to be considered.

Nothing is over until it is over.
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Don’t forget our Webinar with Carol Grant on Loneliness and Social Isolation In Older People to discuss a growing problem of our modern age is TOMORROW June 28th at 11.00am (BST)

Feelings of loneliness and social isolation can affect people at any stage in their life, but are particularly acute for older people.

You can register for this webinar at https://app.webinarjam.net/register/20480/784a3cff92 and you will need to do this to join us in the webinar.

This Webinar will be presented by author Carol Grant and those attending will be invited online to discuss this with her and raise questions and comments about what can be done.
Join us in this Webinar with Carol Grant on Loneliness and Social Isolation In Older People to discuss a growing problem of our modern age.
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Whoever is the next Prime Minister then his or her job could be a nightmare following Brexit. There is no guarantee that those who received funding from Europe will have it replaced by the UK Government. Two sections of our economy and governance are already worried and are beginning to make demands.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called an extraordinary meeting of its council to start drawing up its demands for subsidies from the post-Brexit Government. Britain’s farmers received £2.4bn last year in payments from the EU under the Common Agricultural Policy, and NFU President Meurig Raymond has already warned that many farms would fail without these handouts.

The Local Government Association says the government should guarantee English councils will still receive the £5.3bn they had been allocated from EU funds. It said the regeneration funding was vital "to avoid essential growth-boosting projects stalling and local economies across England being stifled".

Now we will see if the imaginary windfall that the Brexiteers materialse to areas that will suffer but that are essential to our economic and social life or whether we will now see more cuts in our services and food industry.

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Today we wake up to a divided country and would have whatever the result. London, Scotland together with many of our major cities has voted to remain while much of the remainder of the country has voted to leave. But now the Leave campaign has a majority of votes.

There will be immediate volatility in the markets and then hopefully a long period of reflection to see what our future is. Yes there will be negotiations to leave the EU but many in Scotland have said that with 60% of them voting to remain then this will trigger another referendum for them And in Northern Ireland we already hear demands for a cross border referendum on their future.

I hear politicians saying this morning that what we now need is a period of stability but that is something that will not probably happen. There is a sea change and the next years will be uncertain and no one can predict what the future will hold.

But if we cannot have stability then we must all of us try to have calm. We must respect the outcome of the vote, acknowledge that almost half of our people did not want it and begin to see how we can create an arrangement with Europe that reflects our split national personality.

This is a time to build bridges and not seek further division but it is going to be a difficult and uphill task but if we don’t then we will see the United Kingdom break up and a growing divide between our large conurbations and the rest of the country.
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I am the co-founder of GlobalNet21, which was set up to discuss some of the great issues of our millennium and bring back the hope that we can do something about it. We have taken the idea of citizen discussion and tried to develop it by using social network sites as a way of getting more citizen involvement and introducing another audience to the issues of the 21st century. We have held many meetings (some in the House of Commons) on a wide variety of issues affecting us in the century.

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In creating this virtual “public square” GlobalNet21 has emerged now as a vast social networking system that brings new audiences together to discuss and seek solutions for critical issues of the day – issues that divide and threaten the stability of our society and our planet. We are now one of the biggest groups on the meetup site with over 3400 members as well as a large group on linkedin and other sites including Facebook and Twitter. We have enjoyed success in achieving our original aim and now regularly hold well-attended meetings with diverse groups of people from across the political, economic and religious spectrum. With the use of webinars and podcasts our discussions have also now gone global.

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