Cash lavished on Tory tax cuts for the rich should have been used to boost carers’ pay, Andy Burnham fumed tonight. Addressing a fringe event hosted by the Future Social Care Coalition, the Greater Manchester Metro Mayor lashed out at last week’s Budget which axed the bankers’ bonuses cap and scrapped the 45p top rate of tax. The former Health Secretary told delegates: “That thing we saw on Friday was obscene, immoral, awful - just throwing money at the richest people in the country. “Can you imagine what that must have felt like if you were a domiciliary care worker on your round of visits on Friday, hearing that on the news? Get a daily morning politics briefing straight to your inbox. Sign up for the free Mirror Politics newsletter “Or working in a residential care home and you just heard that the wealthiest people in the country were just going to get money thrown at them? Many care workers are on the minimum wage ( Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) … [Read more...] about ‘Use Tory tax cut cash to pay carers a decent wage’, says Labour’s Andy Burnham
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Like most kids, growing up I loved sugar. I would walk to my local corner shop in Harlow, a town in Essex, England, to buy candy. They cost a penny each and most children might spend fifty pence on them, but I usually bought around seventeen pounds worth. My dad had a newspaper account at the shop and I would rack up huge bills, buying endless amounts of candy and soda. I think that shows that addiction has been prevalent throughout my entire life. Regardless of the substance, it will always take over to the point where it's all I care about. There's no space for anything else. I had a good childhood. My parents came from nothing and worked their way up to own several art galleries, so they spent a lot of time trying to expand their businesses. They would take me to exhibitions in London and I fell in love with graffiti from a young age. Growing up around alcohol Our weekends would usually be spent with family at beautiful pubs, having Sunday lunch before coming home, where the … [Read more...] about “I was addicted to alcohol, cocaine and crack, 4 years ago, I got sober’
2020 was going to be my best year ever. I was releasing two books with a major publisher, one in the spring and another in the fall. I had a full calendar of speaking engagements that included women's conferences and leadership conferences around the United States and in Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe. In February of 2020, right before I boarded a flight to speak at a conference in London, my husband told me, "Be careful. There's something called coronavirus that's killing people in China." I heard what he said, but the concept seemed so literally foreign to me that I didn't give its implications any serious thought. At least, not until I returned from the trip a few days later and the world as I knew it started shutting down. One after another, my speaking engagements got canceled or postponed indefinitely as host organizations began to adjust to a COVID-19 world. By early March, every engagement I had was canceled and the momentum for my book launch stalled as media … [Read more...] about “I learned to identify toxic comparison—and get over it”
SEATTLE - Robert Schentrup dreaded this trial. He dreaded the graphic rehashing of his sister's murder. He dreaded the state campaign for her killer to face the death penalty - a sentence that, after years of therapy and reading and reflection, the 23-year-old could not support. He dreaded the arguments it would spark with his parents. The gunman who killed his sister Carmen and 16 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day in 2018 had pleaded guilty, and no one disputed that guilt. Why relive the horrors of the Parkland, Fla., massacre, Robert thought, when Nikolas Cruz could spend the rest of his life in prison? Even 3,200 miles away in a new city, he struggled to avoid news out of the Fort Lauderdale courtroom where jurors will soon decide whether Cruz lives or dies. Since the proceedings began in July, they have reviewed nightmarish surveillance footage, toured bloodstained classrooms and heard, in clinical detail, how AR-15 bullets destroyed young … [Read more...] about His sister died in the Parkland massacre. He wants the gunman to live.