Social mobility board quits over lack of progress

Social mobility board quits over lack of progress

Image caption Mr Milburn took up his role with the board in 2012The board of the government’s Social Mobility Commission has stood down in protest at the lack of progress towards a “fairer Britain”. Ex-Labour minister Alan Milburn, who chairs the commission, said he had “little hope” the current government could make the “necessary” progress. Tory former cabinet minister Baroness Shephard is among three others to quit. In a resignation letter first reported by the Observer, Mr Milburn said ministers were preoccupied with Brexit. Writing to Theresa May, Mr Milburn…

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Chris Pratt alerts fans to 'pervy imposter'

Chris Pratt alerts fans to 'pervy imposter'

Image caption Pratt said the notion of a “potential predator” made him “sick”Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt has taken to social media to alert his fans to a “pervy dude” who has been allegedly impersonating him online. “Somebody is trying to pretend to be me on Facebook,” he wrote on Instagram. The US actor claimed the “imposter” had been “apparently hitting on a lot of different female fans, trying to get their numbers and who knows what else.” “I find this behaviour reprehensible,” he continued. “If I find out…

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Children's commissioner may consider legal action over Universal Credit

Children's commissioner may consider legal action over Universal Credit

Image caption The children’s commissioner told BBC Scotland he cannot rule out legal action on the issueScotland’s children’s commissioner has said he may consider legal action over the Universal Credit rollout if it further disadvantages young people. Bruce Adamson said poverty was the biggest human rights issue facing children in Scotland. He told the BBC reforms to the benefits systems could be resulting in some children going without basics like a warm home and hot meals. The UK government said Universal Credit was helping people improve their lives. A spokesman…

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Carl Sargeant: Hundreds gather for funeral of ex-minister

Carl Sargeant: Hundreds gather for funeral of ex-minister

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMP Mark Tami said the turnout showed how well regarded Carl Sargeant wasHundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of ex-Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant in Flintshire. He was found dead days after being sacked by First Minister Carwyn Jones amid allegations about his conduct. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among politicians who attended from all major parties, with many people gathered outside the church in Connah’s Quay. Mr Jones had said he would not be going, out of respect for…

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'Snoopers' charter' changes put forward

'Snoopers' charter' changes put forward

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Communications services can be told to collect metadataThe government has proposed changes to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after accepting that some parts of it are “inconsistent with EU law”. The IPA governs the collection and use of communications data by law enforcement agencies. In December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that some aspects of the legislation were incompatible with EU law. A public consultation on the proposed changes will run until 18 January. Under the IPA, the secretary of…

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