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Workmen win equal pay claim against Welsh university after suing for sex discrimination

A group of male workers at the University of Wales, Trinity St David (UWTSD) have won compensation of around £500,000 following legal action where they claimed they were being paid less than their female counterparts. Twenty-three men, including caretakers and tradesmen, won the compensation claim following proceedings in which...


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London, Bristol and York among Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge finalists

The 21 European cities that have reached the final stage of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition seeking out pioneering ideas that address the continent’s biggest challenges and improve urban life, have been announced.  The winner, revealed in autumn, will receive a grand prize of €5 million (£4.12m)...


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Food banks donations surge after Mail on Sunday criticism

The number of donations made to the UK’s leading food bank provider has surged after an undercover Mail on Sunday journalist lied to obtain food for an article criticising the charity. Before the article’s publication on Sunday, the Trussell Trust’s JustGiving page had received around 250 donations. At the...


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Archbishop and pope use Easter messages to call for an end to conflict and poverty

Both the archbishop of Canterbury and the pope have spoken out during their respective Easter services against the suffering faced by people in war-torn countries like Syria, Ukraine and Rwanda. They also said they hoped for an end to poverty and hunger. The Most Rev Justin Welby, archbishop since...


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Impax among winners of Queen’s Award for sustainable development

More than 160 British businesses have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, with leading sustainable investor Impax one of only 13 firms to be recognised in the sustainable development category. Published on Monday to coincide with the Queen’s birthday, the awards honour businesses and individuals leading the...


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HMRC could share tax data with private firms

Proposals by tax officials to sell off anonymised taxpayer data have angered some politicians, who say that the move is “borderline insane”. Under the plans being considered by HMRC, tax officials would be allowed to release anonymised tax data to third parties, including researchers, private firms and other public...


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Record numbers vote in Indian general elections

The number of people turning out to vote in India – the world’s largest democracy – reached record levels this week, marking the half-way point in the country’s general elections. More than 150 million people are thought to have turned out to vote since the election campaign was launched...


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Philanthropic giving is ‘urgently needed’, say 79% of high net worths

The majority of high net worth individuals describe the worldwide need for philanthropic giving as ‘urgent’, although top concerns vary among regions, according to the Individual Philanthropy Index from BNP Paribas Wealth Management.  The index comes from a survey of 400 high net worth individuals, each with investable assets...


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Triodos teams up with natural insect repellent firm for EIS investment offer

The sustainable bank Triodos has partnered with natural insect repellent manufacturer Incognito for an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offer that could deliver healthy returns, offer tax breaks and do social good. UK-based Incognito develops plant-based repellents that researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say are...


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Fashion Revolution Day to promote supply chain issues on Rana Plaza anniversary

Leading fashion designers, celebrities and entrepreneurs will join together for Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, in order to highlight serious issues in fashion brands’ supply chains and commemorate last year’s deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh. Supporters of the initiative include fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, journalist Lucy Siegle, ethical fashion...


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Which? and Labour call for banking current account competition inquiry

The Labour party has given its backing to calls from the consumer group Which? for a full investigation into competition in the current account market. Earlier this month, figures revealed that over 600,000 UK customers changed providers in the six months since the launch of the new Current Account...


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Food bank usage up by a ‘shocking’ 51% – now serving almost 1m Britons

The Trussell Trust has revealed it gave out nearly a million food parcels in 2013, up from 347,000 the year before, with most food bank users blaming the government’s welfare reforms for letting them down. The charity said that the 51% increase in people turning to food banks for...


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Games for Change: ‘social impact gaming’ celebrated at New York festival

The Games for Change Festival, New York City’s largest gaming event, gets underway next week, celebrating the innovation and development of ‘social impact’ gaming. Founded in 2004 and now in its 11th year, Games for Change hopes to “facilitate the creation of social impact games“, as well as promote,...


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Civil Service has ‘real and visible’ diversity issues

The Civil Service has “real and visible” diversity issues, according to an analysis that finds women and ethnic minorities are under-represented in higher paid roles. The diversity of civil servants has been brought into the spotlight in recent weeks after Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher promised to...


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‘Super-rich’ Africans boosting philanthropic giving across continent

The emergence of ‘super-rich’ Africans has been met with the development of western-style philanthropy, a new report has found. The study, from the African Grantmakers Network (AGN), said that urbanisation across the continent and a corrosion of traditional norms and values were part of the reason that wealthy Africans...


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