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Government’s draft child poverty strategy set to fail, says report

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission has released a response to the government’s draft child poverty strategy 2014-17, describing it as a “missed opportunity”. Chair of the commission and former health secretary Alan Milburn said, “The government’s approach falls far short of what is needed to reduce,...


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British businesses urged to ‘show leadership in charity work and philanthropy’

UK businesses need to place charity and philanthropy at the heart of company cultures and could benefit economically as a result, according to a report from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The report – Creating an age of giving – sets out a series of recommendations for encouraging charitable...


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Oil firms divided on possible impact of Scottish referendum

Nearly a fifth (18%) of oil firms think Scottish independence will have a positive impact on the sector, while 12% think it will be negative, according to a new survey. But questioning 700 companies, the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce poll found the majority were indifferent towards the referendum’s impact....


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Buy Social Directory launched to make ethical choices ‘easy’

The Buy Social campaign has moved another step forward in its aim to increase the amount of trade between the private sector and social enterprises, with the launch of a new directory. The Buy Social Directory is a free online resource where over 10,000 UK-based social enterprise suppliers can offer...


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Civil society organisations call for action at climate talks

Civil society organisations from across the world have demanded that the 198 governments of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) take action, as climate talks continue in Bonn, Switzerland. The group of organisations, which includes trade unions, environmental groups and social movements, handed over a declaration that...


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Sustainable Living: myths, meanings and realities – review

The Sustainable Lifestyle Research Group (SLRG) presented over nine hours of impressive findings from its three-and-a-half year research project at the beautiful Mary Ward House in London on Tuesday. Collaboratively undertaken with various universities, including Surrey, Bath, Sussex, Canterbury and Edinburgh, along with the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC),...


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Amount saved in ISA accounts sees largest fall in 15 years

The amount of money held in cash ISAs fell in April at the fastest monthly rate since the accounts were introduced in 1999, according to figures from the Bank of England. Low interest rates and incoming reforms are thought to be responsible. ISAs, or individual savings accounts, allow individuals...


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On this day in 1989: Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests

On this day 25 years ago, the Chinese Communist party sent 200,000 soldiers to suppress a peaceful student-led demonstration calling for political reform. The move caused numerous casualties among the demonstrators, led to a crackdown on other protests and placed strict restrictions on the media. Pro-democracy protesters went to...


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Renewables industry calls for boost to hydroelectric pumped storage

Scottish Renewables has called on the UK and Scottish governments to collaborate in an effort to boost potential and investment in hydroelectric pumped storage. The organisation argues that the technology can help the UK transition to a low-carbon future. Pumped storage effectively acts like a giant battery. The method...


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Future sustainability leaders: Andrew Adam

What will business look like in the future and who are our future leaders? This is the fifth instalment in a new feature, in which we speak with a group of young people who are making waves in sustainability. All 12 are scholars on Forum for the Future’s renowned master’s...


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An investment you can touch beats dealing with pure numbers

Investments can sometimes seem pretty remote from real life. If we’re not careful, we can regress into dealing with pure numbers. Several investment websites seem to talk about companies as if they were machines for making money, focusing on PEs, ROCE, EPS and Capex with no mention anywhere about...


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Reform and uncertainty sees UK slip down EY renewables investment index

The UK has fallen to sixth place in consultancy firm EY’s renewable energy Country Attractiveness Index, after the prospect of solar market reforms sparked more uncertainty for developers and investors. The quarterly index, which began in 2003, ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and...


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7,000 businesses compelled to report energy use and potential energy saving strategies

Cutting energy consumption is clearly concentrating government minds, as more than 7,000 businesses will soon be compelled to produce detailed reports on energy use or face fines. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is finalising the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to be announced in next couple...


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Queen’s speech to include ‘collective pensions’ plans

Government plans to introduce ‘collective pensions’ are to be unveiled in the Queen’s speech in the House of Lords on Wednesday. The move is expected to be unveiled by the Queen in the new pensions bill, in an attempt to bring further control to the pensions industry. Ministers are...


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Christiana Figueres’s nine essential climate actions for individuals

At a recent event at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres invited individuals not to simply leave the grand building with inspiring words, but to instead take concrete action to help fight climate change. “Because we cannot ask others to do what we have not...



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