Monthly Archives: April 2013

FITCH STRIPS UK OF ITS AAA RATING – Business Insider

http://www.businessinsider.com/fitch-strips-uk-of-its-aaa-rating-2013-4

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UK unemployment rise adds to pressure on Osborne’s austerity strategy | Business | guardian.co.uk

Unemployment jumped by 70,000 in the three months to the end of February and pay rises registered the lowest increase since 2001, adding to the mounting pressure on George Osborne to adopt a more aggressive growth strategy.

The number of people unemployed reached 2.56 million, with 20,000 under 25-year-olds adding their name to the register, pushing the unemployment rate up from 7.8% to 7.9%.

The worrying figures, which reflect a reverse in the trend last year for unemployment to fall, come after the International Monetary Fund urged the chancellor to ease his austerity plans and adopt more aggressive measures to spur growth.

UK unemployment rise adds to pressure on Osborne’s austerity strategy | Business | guardian.co.uk.

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Osborne told ‘lacklustre’ economy means austerity should be curbed as International Monetary Fund slashes UK growth forecasts for this year and next | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309828/Osborne-told-lacklustre-economy-means-austerity-curbed-International-Monetary-Fund-slashes-UK-growth-forecasts-year-next.html

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Hospital surveys are a waste of time, patients warn NHS | Society | The Observer

David Cameron’s “friends and family” satisfaction survey of hospitals is regarded as unnecessary by the public and should be dropped in its current guise because it could be misleadingly negative about the NHS, according to a government-commissioned evaluation.

Under the prime minister’s plan, patients and staff will be able to score every hospital and GP in England on whether they would be happy for their loved ones to use the service. Cameron personally launched the scheme, which comes into place this month, claiming that it could act as a “flashlight” on the NHS’s failings.

However, a report from Ipsos Mori found a lack of interest among both staff and patients in the scheme. It also highlighted widespread concerns that the methodology subsequently chosen by the government for the survey would be misleading and advised that it should be dropped.

Hospital surveys are a waste of time, patients warn NHS | Society | The Observer.

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Shock 250% rise in patients waiting more than 4 hours in A&E: Six-month total soars by 146,000 – as Labour says crisis is worst in 20 years | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308753/Shock-250-rise-patients-waiting-4-hours-A-E-Six-month-total-soars-146-000–Labour-says-crisis-worst-20-years.html

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UK children face ‘bleaker future’, Unicef report says – Channel 4 News

http://www.channel4.com/news/children-teenage-pregnancy-unemployment-education-unicef

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Mick Philpott case causes coalition rift | Politics | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/09/mick-philpott-case-causes-coalition-rift

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Ed Miliband attacks ‘nasty’ George Osborne as DWP faces court challenge over benefit reforms – UK Politics – The Independent

The controversial reforms to disability benefits will be challenged in court by a group of disabled people who say that the government’s consultation over the new rules was unlawful. If successful, the campaign would deal a second major blow to Iain Duncan Smith’s wide-ranging reforms.

Three activists have asked for permission to bring a judicial review of the government’s consultation over the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment, which is replacing the Disability Living Allowance. They claim that ministers made the regulations more stringent after the consultation process was finished.

Ed Miliband attacks ‘nasty’ George Osborne as DWP faces court challenge over benefit reforms – UK Politics – UK – The Independent.

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More doctors considering early retirement over workloads and pensions – UK – The Independent

More GPs than ever are considering early retirement because of increased workloads and changes to their NHS contracts and pensions, according to a survey of family doctors by the magazine Pulse.

The survey of 364 GPs found that about 43 per cent are now looking to retire earlier than they intended five years ago, with just under half saying that their plans had not changed. The average age of intended retirement is now set at 61 years, the report says.

More doctors considering early retirement over workloads and pensions – Home News – UK – The Independent.

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Nick Clegg: Tories squander money on vanity projects – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9978656/Nick-Clegg-Tories-squander-money-on-vanity-projects.html

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