Social Bite scheme helps homeless Scots find employment

The charity will work with employers to help breakdown the barriers homeless people face when looking for a job.

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Social Bite: Jobs First programme.

Social Bite has launched a new scheme to help people who have experienced homelessness find employment.

Through its new Jobs First programme, the Scots charity will work directly with some of the UK’s biggest employers to help breakdown the barriers people who have been homeless face on their route to employment

Businesses including BaxterStorey, Mitchells & Butlers, Andron FM, have signed up with a plan to help create a target of 60 employment opportunities.

The program is being part funded through a grant from the Oak Foundation.

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The initiative, which guarantees living wage employment for each person, will provide support for both the employer and employee.

Each Jobs First employee will be allocated a support worker from Social Bite who will assist them throughout the programme and their employment contract, meeting weekly to offer practical support on bills and forms, as well as emotional guidance and confidence building to adapt to working life.

George Watson kickstarted the programme today, taking on his role with hospitality provider BaxterStorey who supply Royal Bank’s Gogarburn headquarters in Edinburgh where Social Bite recently opened a café.

Josh Littlejohn MBE, CEO and co-founder of Social Bite, said: “Social Bite started life nine years ago by offering jobs in a small café to people who had experienced homelessness and over that time we have seen the power of employment to change lives.

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“Too often, the response to people experiencing homelessness is to ‘get a job’ – however, it’s not that easy. Proactive employers stepping out of their comfort zone to provide chances for those who would otherwise be excluded and a wraparound support alongside the job are the solutions.

“That’s why the Jobs First programme is so important. We will match people who are excluded from the jobs market with some of the UK’s largest employers.

“The wrap around support we will provide will help both employers and employees enjoy a fruitful working partnership.

“At a time when the UK is facing a serious labour shortage, we are incredibly proud to be partnering with major employers to deliver a program of scale throughout the UK that can act as a blueprint for how we can provide employment opportunities for homeless and marginalised people.”

Over the past four years, Social Bite has supported 34 people into employment from a background of homelessness and in total, one quarter of its workforce has experienced homelessness.

Operations manager, Caroline Bacigalupo at BaxterStorey, said: “Jobs First is a fantastic programme and we’re proud to be working with Social Bite to offer training and employment opportunities to people who were previously homeless.

“We’re all thrilled to welcome George on board and can’t wait to support other Jobs First employees reach their full potential as the programme develops.”


Transport minister claims ScotRail strikes during COP26 ‘not valid’

Graeme Dey has called for RMT members to vote again on whether to take action over the pay dispute.

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Strikes: Graeme Day calls for RMT members to vote again on strike action.

A vote for strike action by railway workers that is set to disrupt COP26 is “no longer valid”, Scotland’s transport minister has claimed.

Graeme Dey called for RMT members to vote again on whether to take action over the pay dispute, claiming there is now a “very fair offer” for ScotRail staff.

The trade union announced strike action by ScotRail workers from November 1 to 12 to coincide with the climate summit in Glasgow and members on the Serco-run Caledonian Sleeper service will also strike from October 31 to November 2 and from November 11 to 13.

It comes amid a dispute over pay and condition following a ballot in which 84% of more than 2000 members backed more strikes.

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Speaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Dey argued that “circumstances have changed” since members voted for strike action, and said: “The premise of what was said yesterday is fundamentally wrong.”

“That was about that took place before the offer was made many RMT members will have voted, believing there was no offer.”

However, RMT Scotland organiser Michael Hogg said it was a “lousy, rotten offer” of a 4.7% increase which was not worthy of consideration because it required “members to sell hard-earned terms and conditions in order to get a pay rise”.

He added that all ScotRail services could end up being cancelled during the COP26 conference as a result of the strikes.

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The transport minister refused to reveal the details of the deal being offered by ScotRail, or whether it was a final offer, but said: “It was the best offer that can be made in the circumstances”.

He added: “Rail workers took part on a ballot on the basis that they had been left behind from their perspective because there had been no offer made.

“But that is not the case any more. An offer was made, has been made, it’s there and it’s a very fair offer and one that’s affordable for the railway.”

Asked whether the RMT members should have to vote again, Dey said: “I think that’s fundamentally the right thing to do.

“The circumstances have changed, that mandate is no longer valid and therefore I would encourage them to either accept on behalf of their members or go back to the members and put the offer to them.”

Dey defended ScotRail’s “extremely involved” engagement in discussions with unions but insisted it was not the Scottish Government’s role to resolve the dispute, despite being involved in the talks.

He said: “It’s not for the government to get back round the table.

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“The trade unions and management were round the table over an extended period to arrive at the point they did with this offer being made and taken back to the memberships of three of the four unions.”

Following the interview, Mr Hogg told the programme: “What I say to Graeme Dey and to Transport Scotland is: let’s get round the table, let’s hold the serious, meaningful discussions we need in order to find a solution.

“I don’t see why members should be expected to actually sell hard-earned terms and conditions.”

ScotRail’s operations director David Simpson said: “We made a very positive offer to [the RMT] last weekend which – at that point – seemed to be acceptable.

“It offered a two-year deal, there was 4.7% worth of pay rise in there which, given the current industry financial position, is very significant.”

Describing the prospect of more strikes as “very frustrating”, Mr Simpson added: “What we need to do now is work together to build by custom.

“Following Covid, we are still only at 50% of previous customer levels.

“That leads to very significant financial challenges for the industry, and it’s against that backdrop that we were able to make the offer to the unions last week, which we hoped would resolve these issues, allow us to work together to deliver a great COP26, and then build the business back through the next few years.”


Review into child’s care following death of ‘smiley’ baby girl

The Glasgow Child Protection Committee has published a Significant Case Review into the child's death.

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Death: Both parents have since been charged in connection with their daughter’s death.

A severely disabled baby girl found dead at her home was not properly cared for by her parents, according to a significant case review which also found opportunities to intervene were missed.

Child D was found “lifeless” by her father in the Glasgow family home at 2am – before she reached the age of one. She was taken to hospital but staff were unable to resuscitate her.

In the weeks leading up to her death, medical staff had raised concerns that she was not “her normal smiley self” and was losing weight.

Her complex needs included having to have her bladder emptied four times every day – but the care review found this was only being done “intermittently” by her parents. It concluded, “the child ultimately dies due to a poor care regime by the parents.”

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Both parents have since been charged in connection with their daughter’s death. They and Child D cannot be identified for legal reasons. 

The Glasgow Child Protection Committee has published a Significant Case Review into the death, which happened in July 2017. 

It said “early intervention opportunities” were missed to help Child D and there was “a lack of coordination of services resulting in insufficient communication and information sharing.”

Problems in the system leading up to her death included three different health visitors being involved with the family. And there was no single health lead professional being made responsible for coordinating her health care. 

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It also found a GP had failed to flag up relevant details about the family history while filling out information for other health professionals and raised concerns about a pre-birth care assessment.

And it highlighted seven priorities that needed to be looked at in the wake of the child’s death.

The family had been known to social workers for a number of years. The baby’s father had drug addiction problems while the mother suffered from “long standing” mental health problems.

But they were judged to have made significant progress before the birth of Child D. 

The review found that even before the birth of Child D there were concerns that she may not survive childbirth, and it was highlighted that if she survived she would have multiple health needs.

Despite this, a pre-birth meeting did not have any representation from acute health specialities involved in Child D’s care.

Child D underwent surgery after being born with spina bifida, which is when the baby’s spine and spinal cord do not develop properly in the womb.

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She spent seven weeks in the neonatal high dependency unit before being taken home. Her health condition meant she needed to attend medical appointments regularly. 

The review said there was “limited discussion around the child’s complex medical needs and what is expected of the parents with regards to the child’s daily health and care needs.”

This included the need for her to be catheterised four times every day to empty her bladder to stay healthy. 

From August to December 2016 the child was seen by 13 health professionals. Parents promised health workers they were catheterising the baby four times daily, but no members of staff saw them do it at home.

At one point her dad told an addictions worker he was not “comfortable” catheterising his daughter.

The case review reported that in the hours beforehand Child D’s father had texted her mum begging her to come home as the baby was being sick and he didn’t know what to do. 

Police were concerned about the state of the family home when they attended after Child D’s death. A stockpile of catheters was found in the home – suggesting it was not happening enough. 

The case review said: “There are indications that the parents are not catheterising Child D four times daily as is necessary to ensure her health and well-being. They would appear to have been intermittently undertaking this procedure and the child ultimately dies due to a poor care regime by the parents.”

The case review identified seven priority findings when looking at the circumstances of her death including lack of communication and information sharing between agencies.

The review called for changes across the city including setting up a “process for identifying early in pregnancy vulnerable women and unborn babies who may require additional support.” 

It also said it is necessary to have a “consistent approach” in the completion of GP SCI gateway information across the city – in light of a GP not filling in a form comprehensively about Child D’s family. Additionally, the review pointed out there is a need to ensure that all relevant agencies are represented at child protection meetings.

Findings included three different health visitors working with the family during Child D’s short life. It resulted in a lack of knowledge of the family and child’s needs. There was a shortage of health visitors at that time nationally but more have now been hired. 

Another outcome showed a GP clicked ‘not known’ when asked were they aware of any vulnerability or child protection in relation to this pregnancy? while filling in information for maternity services. That happened despite the family being registered with the practice since 2013.

A further discovery revealed specialist health services staff didn’t attend a post birth planning meeting for Child D. The review said that had led to “the needs of the child not being fully understood and multi-agency assessment and decision making compromised.“

The review also highlighted no single health lead professional was assigned to the child.

The case review said: “If there is no health lead professional, there is no holistic understanding of a child’s Personal Data needs and there is no coordination across health specialities to ensure robust information sharing and care planning.”

It pointed out there was no consideration around “respite to support the parents to provide long term care to ensure a sustained high level of care for Child D.”

It also found there was “no multi-agency child’s plan in place and therefore no regular reviews of the plan involving key professionals.” 

It showed concerns around Child D’s weight, mum’s mental health and the parents’ separation were not addressed along with other issues. 

The review also raised concerns about NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board having multiple information systems.

Child D’s information was recorded in different records. 

It said: “Where health professionals do not have access to all relevant information this impacts on the quality of assessment, decision making and robust child’s planning.”

A spokeswoman for Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership said: “This is a tragic case and our sympathies are with everyone affected.

“We welcome the findings of the Child Protection Committee’s report and have implemented an action plan to address the points raised – particularly in relation to information sharing between health and social care services.”

Story by local democracy reporter Sarah Hilley


Billy Connolly says Parkinson’s has left him no longer able to write

The 78-year-old comedian was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and retired from live performances.

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Sir Billy gave an update about living with Parkinson’s.

Sir Billy Connolly has said losing the ability to write “breaks my heart” because he loved writing letters.

The 78-year-old comedian, also known as The Big Yin, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and retired from live performances five years later.

But he has continued to record programmes and make TV appearances.

The star appeared on the Graham Norton Show via video-link from Florida, where he lives, to talk about his new autobiography, Windswept & Interesting.

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He told Norton: “I have lost the ability to write, and it breaks my heart as I used to love writing letters to people.

“My writing went down the Swanee and is totally illegible, so I had to find a way to record everything, but then the recorder didn’t understand my accent so it kept collapsing and my family would have to sort it – it was a club effort!”

Explaining the title of the book, he said: “The rules of being ‘windswept and interesting’ are doing as you please and not taking lessons from anyone.”

Sir Billy gave an update about living with Parkinson’s and said he has “good days and bad days”.

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“It’s creeping up on me and it never let’s go. I walk like a drunk man and have to have help. So, life is different, but it is good,” he said.

Other guests on the show include Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, Olympic diver Tom Daley, actress Dame Eileen Atkins, and comedian and writer Sir Lenny Henry, with a musical performance from Coldplay.


School cleaners and cooks set to join Glasgow strikes during COP26

A total of 1500 Glasgow City Council staff in the refuse, cleansing, school janitorial and catering sectors are set to strike.

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Workers plan to strike in Glasgow during COP26 over a pay dispute.

School cleaners and cooks are set to join refuse workers on strike in Glasgow during COP26 over a pay dispute.

Cleansing workers and schools support staff who are members of the GMB union voted in favour of industrial action that could disrupt the climate summit starting next month.

A total of 1500 Glasgow City Council staff in the refuse, cleansing, school janitorial and catering sectors could strike because of the ongoing pay dispute, with 96.9% of returned ballots backing industrial action.

GMB members rejected a £850-a-year increase for staff earning up to £25,000 a year from local authority umbrella body Cosla, with the union – along with Unison and Unite – all calling for a £2000 pay rise.

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Cosla said negotiations are ongoing.

GMB Glasgow organiser, Chris Mitchell, said: “Over the past 18 months throughout this awful pandemic, essential services across Scotland have been held together by an army of low paid workers.

“We were called key workers, even Covid heroes, but while politicians were happy to applaud us on Thursday nights, they’ve never put their hands in their pockets to pay us properly.

“The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow during COP26, and our politicians now have a choice – will they fairly reward the frontline workers who got the country through the pandemic, or will they risk embarrassing the city and the country on an international stage?

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“The message that our members have sent with this ballot result is clear. We are taking a stand for what we deserve, and we believe the people will stand with us.”

The call for industrial action comes after Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken was criticised for saying the city needs a “spruce up” before the COP26 conference.

Her comments received a backlash from politicians and members of the public who claimed she was “out of touch” with the city.

A Cosla spokesman said: “We appreciate everything that Local Government workers have been doing, and continue to do, to support people and communities during the pandemic and as we begin to recover.

“We continue with ongoing, constructive negotiations.”

Rail workers will also go on strike during COP26, the RMT union confirmed on Thursday, over a separate dispute over pay and conditions.

ScotRail staff will strike from Monday November 1 until Friday November 12.

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Staff on the Caledonian Sleeper will hold two 24-hour strikes: one from 11.59am on Sunday October 31 and one on Thursday November 11, also from 11.59am.


Restart Help to Buy to support first-time homeowners, Tories urge

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government ended two key programmes for first-time buyers.

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Housing: Prices in Scotland have risen on average by 17% between March 2020 and August 2021.

The Scottish Government has been urged to help first-time buyers as house prices soar, with calls for the Help to Buy scheme to be reopened.

House prices in Scotland have risen on average by 17% between March 2020 and August 2021 – from £174,907 to £204,176.

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government ended two key programmes for first-time buyers – the affordable new build Help to Buy scheme and the First Home Fund.

The smaller developer portion of the Help to Buy scheme remains open until the end of this financial year.

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The Scottish Tories have now called for the full scheme to be restored, home building to be ramped up with a greater emphasis on affordable newbuilds, and for the threshold for land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) – Scotland’s version of stamp duty – to be increased to £250,000.

The party’s housing spokesman Miles Briggs also called for a pilot scheme to be established in Edinburgh which would allow first-time buyers to own a share of a property in the city, where the average home costs more than £300,000.

He said: “More and more potential first-time buyers across Scotland are being edged out of the market as prices sky-rocket. However, the SNP have closed off crucial supply lines of support that were previously available to them.

“The SNP have also resoundingly failed to meet their promises on building enough affordable homes. They are simply not on the side of first-time buyers and that must change now.

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“Over the course of this Parliament, first-time buyers must be at the heart of our housebuilding strategy.

“Ministers should immediately restore the Help to Buy scheme in full and raise the threshold for first-time buyers as to when they have to pay land transaction taxes.”

Briggs went on to say that a generation of first-time buyers are being “left behind” by the Scottish Government.

“Young Scots are missing out on the chance to own their own home as Nicola Sturgeon denies them the same opportunities available south of the border,” he said.

“The SNP have the money available to them from the UK Government to go further and faster in their housebuilding programme.

“The Scottish Conservatives are today setting out a real plan to support first-time buyers.

“It is time the SNP stopped putting a handbrake on so many individuals and families’ dream of home ownership.”

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A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “As we set out in our Housing to 2040 strategy, and in line with our Net Zero targets, we are shifting our focus to helping people renovate, adapt or improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

“We continue to support home ownership and have schemes in place to help first time buyers through our LIFT scheme which helps people on low to moderate incomes to buy their first home.

“Our first-time buyer relief for Land and Buildings Transaction Tax means that an estimated eight out of ten first-time buyers will pay no tax at all.

“Scotland continues to be a great place to buy a first home, with the average first-time buyer spending almost £90,000 less for a property than those in England.

“This has been borne out by figures from the mortgage industry which show a strong increase in mortgage approvals for first-time buyers in Scotland.”

The Scottish Government said it has delivered more than 103,000 affordable homes since 2007 and will commit to provide a further 110,000 by 2032.


Contactless card payment limit increased from £45 to £100

Between January and July, 60% of all debit and credit card transactions across the UK were contactless.

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Contactless: Limit raised to £100.

Shoppers can now make payments of up to £100 with a single tap of their card.

The contactless card payment limit has increased from £45 to £100, although many retailers’ terminals will need to be updated so the option will not be available everywhere immediately.

It may take “days, weeks, or even months” for some retailers to make the necessary changes, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), so customers will need to check with individual stores.

The increase from Friday marks the fifth time that the limit has been raised, after it was initially set at £10 in 2007.

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The limit was increased to £45 in April 2020, early on in the coronavirus pandemic. Some shops restricted people’s ability to pay with cash during the crisis, although Bank of England research suggests the risk of catching Covid-19 from banknotes is low.

Between January and July, 60% of all debit and credit card transactions across the UK were contactless, according to trade association UK Finance.

This accounted for 6.6 billion payments, with a value of £81.4bn.

UK Finance’s figures also show that, in 2016, just 7% of all payments, including cash, were made using contactless cards.

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By 2018 this had increased to nearly one in five (19%) transactions and by 2020 more than a quarter (27%) of all payments were being made using contactless cards.

Some banks will allow people to set their own contactless card limits at less than £100, or turn off contactless altogether.

David Postings, chief executive of UK Finance, said: “The new £100 limit offers customers greater choice about how they pay for things like their weekly shop or a tank of fuel.

“Contactless payments have become increasingly popular, and the payments industry has worked hard to ensure retailers are able to offer customers the new higher limit.”

The decision to raise the contactless limit from £45 to £100 was made by the Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) following a public consultation and discussions with the retail and banking sectors.

However, the move has raised some concerns about the potential for fraud.

An FCA spokesman said the rules have been changed to help the industry continue “to respond to the changing ways in which people prefer to pay”.

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He said: “Available fraud rate data suggests there to be no significant increase in contactless payment-related fraud since industry increased the limit to £45 in April 2020. What’s more, we have seen no material increase in fraudulent transactions in other countries where the contactless limit increased to the equivalent of £100 or above.

“Firms must ensure they work to reduce the risk of unauthorised transactions and fraud and need to have tools in place to monitor for fraudulent transactions. As the limit increases we will continue to keep a close eye on the data.”

UK Finance has said people should always contact their bank immediately if their card is lost or stolen or they notice any strange transactions on their account.

Under fraud protection rules, people can claim a refund if someone else makes an unauthorised payment from their account; for example, after their card has been stolen.

Cards also have an in-built security check so that, after a certain amount of contactless spending is undertaken or a certain number of transactions have been made, customers will need to enter their Pin.

Sarah Pennells, consumer finance specialist at Royal London, said: “Although fraud on contactless cards is relatively low level, it can be distressing to those who experience it.

“You should treat your contactless card the same way as you’d treat cash in your pocket, so be careful when you use it and don’t give it to anyone else.”

Tony Neate, chief at Get Safe Online said: “Over the past 18 months, as we have lived through the pandemic, contactless payments have been an ideal way to pay for products in a world where we have wanted to minimise cross contamination and touch.

“Whilst increasing the limit to £100 brings significant benefit, some might naturally be concerned about the potential risk it brings.

“If you are worried about the potential exposure to theft this brings then there are some simple steps you can take.”

He said people may be able to request a non-contactless card and added: “Secondly, if you enjoy the benefits contactless brings, but are hesitant about the higher cap, again, contact your bank or provider and ask if the contactless cap can be reduced and set at a level that you are happy with on your specific card. Not all banks offer this service, but many do, so if you’d be happier with this approach then just ask.”

Andrew Cregan, payments policy adviser at the British Retail Consortium, said: “While the UK contactless limit rises to £100 on Friday, it may take days, weeks, or even months for some retailers to make the necessary changes in their systems so that the new limit can take effect.

“Furthermore, some retailers may choose not to adopt the new contactless limit. As a result, customers will need to take care when making payments to check what the maximum contactless limit is for individual stores.”

Martin Kearsley, Post Office banking director, said: “Whilst contactless payments have undoubtedly sped up transactions in some shops and pubs, we know that small businesses in particular recognise the value of cash more than ever and many consumers rely on it to budget effectively.

“Over £1bn is deposited by businesses every month at our branches. Whilst some places go cashless, Post Offices will always offer cash services including the ability to withdraw the amount of cash a customer needs to the penny.”


Jeremy Corbyn to hold ‘alternative COP26’ in Scotland

The former Labour leader said he would look to 'raise up the voices of others' during the tour.

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The Peace and Justice Project will hold four events, three in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh.

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to come to Scotland to hold an “alternative COP26”.

Corbyn, through his Peace and Justice Project, will hold four events, three in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh , between November 8 and November 11.

Among the events is a “climate justice cabaret”, bringing together musicians and artists, as well as a panel with trade union leaders and two in conversation-style events.

The Islington MP said he would look to “raise up the voices of others” during the tour.

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“The climate emergency is a ‘code red for humanity’, is a critical warning,” he said.

“We need radical and rapid change to our dangerously broken and destructive political and economic system.

“Our future is being stolen from under us by a coalition of big polluters and big banks, propped up by weak politicians too scared to take them on.

“I can’t wait to be in Scotland during COP26 to add my voice – and more importantly raise up the voices of others – to propose radical and rapid change.”

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Corbyn added: “That change must be environmental but also social and economic. Our crises of inequality, climate, Covid-19 and democracy are all linked.

“The climate is a class issue at home and an international justice for the world. Those who have done the least harm suffer the most and the first.

“That’s why the demands of workers and the global south need to be at the centre of our campaign for climate justice.

“Our events will raise their demands through talks and discussions as well as music and art from hugely talented performers.”


Child safety groups call on Facebook to be more transparent

The NSPCC has asked Mark Zuckerberg to publish how its apps impact children’s mental health.

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Facebook: More than 50 child safety groups call for the site to be safer for children.

A global group of more than 50 child safety organisations and campaigners has urged Mark Zuckerberg to make Facebook safer for children, sending an open letter to the social network founder calling for more transparency on how the platform plans to tackle the issue.

Led by the NSPCC, the group has asked Facebook to publish, in full, its research on how its apps impact children’s mental health and grant access to its data to independent researchers, as well as publishing risk assessments on its products in relation to children.

It says it is speaking out in the wake of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s claim that the company’s products “harm children” and accusation that it refused to change its products – despite having internal research which showed it can have a negative impact on younger users – because executives elevate profits over safety.

Ms Haugen’s accusations were accompanied by tens of thousands of pages of internal research documents she secretly copied before leaving her job in the company’s civic integrity unit.

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Facebook has dismissed the attacks as a “misrepresentation” of what it does.

Organisations including the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the Child Rescue Coalition, the International Justice Mission, 5 Rights, Barnardo’s and the Internet Watch Foundation have now joined with the NSPCC in voicing their concerns about the company’s approach to child safety.

The coalition has presented five recommendations to the tech giant in order to help “regain the trust of parents and child protection professionals” and ensure the company “contributes rather than compromises” children’s safety and wellbeing.

The group said it welcomes Facebook’s efforts to undertake research on the mental health impact of its products but now is recommending that its work be published in full and that access to it be granted to independent regulators and experts.

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The letter also calls for the firm to do the same for any research it has done around the company’s products and their impact on the spread of child sexual abuse; the publication of Facebook risk assessments into its products, including those required under the UK Children’s Code; share more details on how it is conducting reputational reviews for different services; and to review the child safety implications of its planned move to end-to-end encryption across its services.

“Mark Zuckerberg must recognise and accept that public trust in his company to do the right thing by children has now reached breaking point,” NSPCC chief executive Sir Peter Wanless said.

“The scale and strength of the global coalition that has come together to urge Facebook to act provides further evidence that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option.

“Facebook cannot continue to move fast and break things when children’s safety is at stake. Greater transparency on how their platforms are putting young users at risk and the steps they are taking to address these problems and make services safe by design must now be a top priority for them.”

In response, a Facebook company spokesperson said: “We’re committed to keeping young people who use our platform safe. We’ve spent 13 billion dollars on safety in recent years – including developing tools to enhance the safety and wellbeing of young people across Facebook and Instagram.

“We’ve shared more information with researchers and academics than any other platform and we will find ways to allow external researchers more access to our data in a way that respects people’s privacy.”


Record £184m EuroMillions jackpot still up for grabs

A UK winner would become the biggest ever National Lottery winner and would be richer than singer Adele.

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EuroMillions: Record jackpot still up for grabs.

UK EuroMillions players have a second chance to win a record £184m jackpot.

The huge amount went unclaimed after Tuesday’s draw – with Friday’s game expected to attract a surge of entries due to the size of the winnings.

Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “It’s all to play for on Friday night as the whopping EuroMillions jackpot of an estimated £184m remains up for grabs.

“EuroMillions has now hit its cap, which means any money that would have gone into the jackpot will now boost prizes in the next winning prize tier.

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“If one UK winner banks the lot, they would instantly become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner. Players are urged to get their tickets early to be in with a chance of winning this extraordinary prize.”

The jackpot reached €220m, at which point it is capped and cannot roll over again, after nobody won the EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.

It stays at that level for a further four draws if no-one claims the winnings.

It must be won in the fifth draw, and if no ticket matches all the numbers it is shared among all those ticketholders at the next prize tier where there are winners. That could result in many new multi-millionaires.

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If the sum is won by a single UK ticket it would eclipse the previous top UK prize of £170m, won by an anonymous EuroMillions ticketholder in 2019.

With that sum under their belt, one UK winner could count themselves richer than the singer Adele, whose net worth is £130m, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.

They could buy a house in each of the top ten priciest streets in the UK, including in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, where the average house price is nearly £30m.

There have been five UK EuroMillions jackpot winners so far this year, including the anonymous winners of £122m in April and £111m in June.

The biggest recent UK winners to go public were Frances and Patrick Connolly, from Northern Ireland, who scooped a £115m prize in 2019.


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