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NHS staff offered 6.5% pay rise over three years if they forfeit day's holiday

NHS staff offered 6.5% pay rise over three years if they forfeit day's holiday

Exclusive: £3.3bn deal nears for staff in England, eight years after last meaningful pay rise The government is set to offer around 1 million NHS staff a 6.5% pay rise over the next three years but is
Devon 'log bank' set up to help those struggling with fuel poverty

Devon 'log bank' set up to help those struggling with fuel poverty

Foresters cooperative forging links with food banks and charities to reach those in needA band of volunteer foresters working from a base tucked away in a steep West Country valley is pioneering a
£2,500 of sanitary items and nappies stolen from Salford food bank

£2,500 of sanitary items and nappies stolen from Salford food bank

Staff in tears after theft described as setback in tackling period povertyNearly £2,500 worth of sanitary products and nappies have been stolen from a food bank in Greater Manchester, in what has been
Ban offers of three for the price of two | Brief letters

Ban offers of three for the price of two | Brief letters

Food waste | School lunches | Food banks | Senior railcards | TeslaYou highlight once again the massive problem of food waste, with one third of produce thrown away (Report, 21 August). A large part
Justin Welby suggests universal credit rollout should be halted

Justin Welby suggests universal credit rollout should be halted

Archbishop of Canterbury says introduction of benefit has fuelled food bank use and debtThe archbishop of Canterbury has suggested the rollout of universal credit should be halted because it has left
Economic justice is the very bedrock of Christian faith | Letters

Economic justice is the very bedrock of Christian faith | Letters

Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’ article on the archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of the gig economyMight it have occurred to Simon Jenkins (God aside, for whom does Welby speak?, 14 September)
UK grocers pledge to halve food waste from 'farm to fork' by 2030

UK grocers pledge to halve food waste from 'farm to fork' by 2030

Roadmap outlines steps firms must take to reduce waste at every stage of supply chainLarge supermarkets and manufacturers are signing up to efforts to drive down the UK’s annual £20bn food waste bill
‘The NHS is paying me buttons. I can’t cope’ | Tom Wall

‘The NHS is paying me buttons. I can’t cope’ | Tom Wall

Public sector workers on the minimum wage are being forced to use food banks just to make ends meetHospital cleaner Geraldine Curran hasn’t felt able to tell her two school-age children yet that she
Coalition cuts funding for Foodbank charity by $323,000 a year

Coalition cuts funding for Foodbank charity by $323,000 a year

Foodbank chief executive says she can’t understand the move, which she says will harm drought affected families relying on the charityAustralia’s largest food charity has called out the government for
It took a UN envoy to hear how austerity is destroying lives | Aditya Chakrabortty

It took a UN envoy to hear how austerity is destroying lives | Aditya Chakrabortty

Philip Alston’s inquiry into poverty in the UK has heard a shocking truth that British politicians refuse to acknowledgeThe room is packed, people spilling out of the doors. The atmosphere crackles.
Angered by the damage that austerity does to the poor | Letters

Angered by the damage that austerity does to the poor | Letters

Readers respond after the UN poverty envoy said austerity has inflicted ‘great misery’ on UK citizensThe UN envoy’s visit and report concluding that “Austerity has inflicted misery on people” (Report,
Donate Money, Not Food, to Your Local Food Bank

Donate Money, Not Food, to Your Local Food Bank

If you’re thinking of donating to your local food bank, the best way isn’t to dig in your pantry for unwanted cans, or even to head to the grocery store with some coupons. What food banks and soup
Sainsbury's launches scheme labelling items useful to food banks

Sainsbury's launches scheme labelling items useful to food banks

Customers will be urged to include priority and long expiry date items in their shop for donation after checkoutDedicated shelf-edge labels alerting shoppers to food and drink items that are most
Reporting on poverty: 'Listening is the most important thing'

Reporting on poverty: 'Listening is the most important thing'

The Guardian’s social affairs correspondent spent two eye-opening weeks in the UK with UN rapporteur Philip AlstonIt was past midnight and, as another deadline loomed, the news editor of the Sunday
Wilbur Ross thinks desperate federal workers should just get a bank loan

Wilbur Ross thinks desperate federal workers should just get a bank loan

Trump's commerce secretary also said that workers calling in sick need to just suck it up, because they will eventually get paid.
'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

'I've absolutely had enough': Tory MP embarks on anti-austerity tour

Heidi Allen joins former Labour MP Frank Field on mission to highlight the poverty caused by her party’s policiesHeidi Allen and Frank Field make an odd partnership at first glance. Allen, 44, the
Trump’s Commerce Secretary, Who's Worth $700 Million, Doesn’t Understand Why Federal Workers Need Food Banks During Shutdown

Trump’s Commerce Secretary, Who's Worth $700 Million, Doesn’t Understand Why Federal Workers Need Food Banks During Shutdown

If you ever needed proof as to how out of touch the Trump administration is with the American people, just look no further than Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who said Thursday that he doesn’t
The businesses and organizations stepping in to help the federal workers during the shutdown

The businesses and organizations stepping in to help the federal workers during the shutdown

The longest government shutdown in US history reached its 35th day on Friday (Jan. 25). On Thursday, the Senate failed to pass two bills that…
Forget the 'big society'. Austerity is to blame for this army of volunteers | Michael Segalov

Forget the 'big society'. Austerity is to blame for this army of volunteers | Michael Segalov

Almost four in 10 Britons offer their time free of charge, but many of them are stepping in where the state has failedAt first it sounded quite lovely, didn’t it? The notion of a “big society” – back
Bankers should pay their fair share of tax for society’s sake | Letters

Bankers should pay their fair share of tax for society’s sake | Letters

Thoughts on the pay and tax of the rich from Bernie Evans, Chris Hughes and Martin LuntThe fact that more than 3,500 UK-based bankers earn over €1m, at a time when callous austerity policies are still