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'No living wage' for many part-time working women

Women working part-time are typically earning less than the living wage in many parts of Britain, a new study claims.

Female employees earning below the living wage is the 'norm' in Britain, the TUC says.
Female employees earning below the living wage is the 'norm' in Britain, the TUC says. Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA

The TUC says most part-time women workers were earning below the living wage in over 50 local authority areas, including three out of four in West Lancashire and two-thirds in West Somerset.

The living wage is currently set at £7.65 an hour across Britain, apart from in London where it stands at £8.80.

The union has called on the Government to ensure companies awarded contracts pay their staff the living wage.

Study: Depression among cancer patients 'overlooked'

Large numbers of cancer patients suffer from major depression and in the vast majority of cases their mental anguish is being overlooked or ignored, a study has found.

The survey found a higher prevalence of depression among cancer patients.
The survey found a higher prevalence of depression among cancer patients. Credit: Reuters

A survey of more than 21,000 patients in Scotland found rates of clinical depression ranging from 6% to 13%, compared with a prevalence of just 2% in the general population.

Of the 1,130 who had been diagnosed, almost three quarters (73%) were not receiving any kind of effective treatment.

The findings, reported in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, were revealed as doctors reported promising results from two trials testing a new approach to managing depression in cancer patients.

SMaRT (Symptom Management Research Trials) Oncology 2 and 3 used specially trained nurses to deliver a range of psychiatric care including behavioural therapies and medication.

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Cameron: Union supports one million Scottish jobs

David Cameron will tell business leaders tonight that the United Kingdom supports one million Scottish jobs, as he hopes to make the business case for the country remaining in the Union.

David Cameron will call the Union  one of the world's
David Cameron will call the Union one of the world's Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive

"Scotland does twice as much trade with the rest of the UK than with the rest of the world put together," the Prime Minister will say in a speech to CBI Scotland in Glasgow this evening.

For some industries, the proportion of trade with the rest of the UK is even higher - 90% of Scottish financial services' customers are in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Then there's the world-famous gaming industry, cutting-edge sub-sea technology and life-saving biomedicine - all selling far more outside Scotland than inside.

– David Cameron to CBI Scotland

The Prime Minister will attribute this success to the "skill of people in Scotland ... and the opportunities that come from being part of something bigger".

Government: Housing most affordable since 2007

Home ownership is at its most affordable since 2007, the government has claimed.

Responding to research from Shelter indicating many families are cutting back on food to cover housing costs, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said repossessions were currently at their lowest since 2007 and down almost a third since last year.

He added that record low interest rates had made owning a home more affordable, while adding that "private rent levels are falling in real times".

On top of this, we've got Britain building, with nearly half a million new homes delivered since 2010, including nearly 200,000 affordable homes, and almost 40,000 new home owners have been created through the Help to Buy schemes.

– Brandon Lewis, Housing Minister

One in ten parents 'missing meals to pay housing costs'

Nearly 900,000 working parents are skipping meals to help pay for the cost of housing, new research claims.

More than a third of parents are generally cutting back on food to cover the cost of housing, the survey claims.
More than a third of parents are generally cutting back on food to cover the cost of housing, the survey claims. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A study from housing charity Shelter found 10.5% of adults with children said they or their partner had avoided a meal to save money for their rent or mortgage.

According to the survey, more than one third (37%) of working parents were generally cutting back on buying food , equating to three million parents across England as a whole.

Some 13% of working parents surveyed, equating to 1.1 million parents across England, said they had put off buying their children new shoes, while 10%, or around 820,000 parents across the country, delayed buying their children a new school uniform in the last year so that they could pay their rent or mortgage.

'Ring of Steel' encircles Newport and Cardiff

Metal fences nicknamed the "Ring of Steel" have popped up at the roads around Newport and in parts of the Welsh capital Cardiff, ahead of next week's Nato summit.

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Heavy fencing has sprung up at roads around Newport. Credit: PA

Some of the residents expressed dismay on Twitter at the extent of the security measures, comparing it to tactics used at the Berlin Wall.

More than 150 heads of state and ministers will attend the summit on September 4 and 5, along with 10,000 support staff and 2,000 journalists.

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Report: 'Elitist' Britain dominated by privately-schooled

Britain is still "deeply elitist" with privately-educated pupils and Oxbridge graduates continuing to dominate top roles in society, a major new report warns.

Graduates from Oxford (pictured) and Cambridge Universities are still dominating society, the report warns.
Graduates from Oxford (pictured) and Cambridge Universities are still dominating society, the report warns. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

Many of the nation's judges, politicians, armed forces chiefs, journalists, TV executives, public officials and sports stars attended fee-paying schools before going to to study at Oxford and Cambridge, it suggests.

This stark lack of diversity means that many of Britain's key institutions are not representative of the public they serve, and the people running them may not understand the daily issues facing people from different backgrounds, according to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

The study analysed the backgrounds of more than 4,000 individuals holding top jobs in British society.

Poll: Disabled abuse victims 'unsatisfied with police'

Nearly six out of 10 disabled people who have reported experiencing abuse feel unsatisfied with the way the police handled their cases, according to a new survey.

More than four-fifths of disabled people had encountered some form of abuse, the survey found.
More than four-fifths of disabled people had encountered some form of abuse, the survey found. Credit: Reuters

A report by the Greater London Authority Conservatives found 85% of disabled people had encountered some form of verbal, physical or financial abuse.

Of these, 59% felt unsatisfied with the way police handled the case.

The report, titled Hidden Hate, surveyed 131 disabled people in London.

TV crew member killed during filming of armed robbery

A crew member has been shot dead while filming the police response to an armed robbery for a US TV series.

CCTV footage shows the armed robber also killed by police.
CCTV footage shows the armed robber also killed by police. Credit: Reuters

Officers accidentally shot sound technician Bryce Dion, 38, who was struck in a gap in his protective clothing, the Omaha Police Department said.

Dion was part of the crew for reality show Cops, and was mistakenly hit after entering a branch of Wendy's restaurant during a shootout which also saw the suspected robber killed.

Spike TV - which carries the series - could not be reached immediately for comment.

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