News You Can Use: November

3 Nov 2014 Ryan Miller    Last updated: 9 Dec 2014

Scope's picks of the month - we read the news so you don't have to.


Tuesday 18th

More than 35 million people are trapped in slavery, according to the latest annual report from the Walk Free Foundation. The problem existed in all 167n countries surveyed, including the UK. 

Monday 17th

Government benefit cuts were supposed to save £19 Billion, they have fallen far short and this analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies explains what has gone wrong 

Friday 14th

A review of suicides in prisons concludes that too many people are being locked up unnecessarily, stretching resources and leaving vulnerable people unsupervised. 

Thursday 13th

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond refuses to support Liberal Democrat proposals to enshrine the UK’s foreign aid commitments in law 

Wednesday 12th

The Detail reveals that Belfast City Council has been re-cycling metal collected from the ashes of people cremated at Roselawn Crematorium, without informing relatives 

Tuesday 11th

The Financial Conduct Authority announces its long-awaited clampdown on pay day loan companies 

Monday 10th

The first adverts promoting e cigarettes are broadcast on TV 

Friday 7th 

First Minister Peter Robinson joins the "gay cake" row, characterising the decision by the Equality Commission to take the Ashers Bakery to court as  as "bonkers" 

Thursday 6th

An alarming survey carried out by Centrepoint reveals that almost one fifth of young people across the UK have slept rough during the course of last year.

Wednesday 5th

The Orange Order claims that its outreach programme is going down better in Catholic than Protestant schools - organisers say Catholic pupils are more inquisitive and keen to learn

Tuesday 4th

A startling report reveals that more than two-thirds of the investments made by the private sector arm of the UK’s aid programme last year were channelled through “notoriously secretive” tax havens, including Mauritius and the Cayman Islands.

Monday 3rd

The DUP has tabled plans to cut public sector jobs in Northern Ireland, claiming it could save £400m and fund a reduction in corporation tax, in a bid to boost private sector investment and local growth.

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