Daily Archive: May 19, 2017

May
19

President Trump’s Schedule for His First Foreign Trip

The cities Mr. Trump will visit and what events are planned.

May
19

Opening First Foreign Trip, Donald Trump Tries to Leave Crisis Behind

Mr. Trump leaves as a newly appointed special counsel begins looking into any ties between Russia and the president’s campaign.

May
19

Tory social care plans fail to tackle basic funding challenge, IFS says

Institute for Fiscal Studies warns of less generous system, as Labour says ‘savage attack’ on pensioners could sway election

Theresa May’s flagship manifesto proposal to shake up the funding of social care for older people has come under fire from the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies and opposition parties.

The IFS warned on Friday that the complex new system outlined in the Conservative party’s manifesto, which would force more elderly people to pay for their own care, “makes no attempt to deal with the fundamental challenge of social care funding”.

Related: Social care funding: what are the Conservatives proposing?

Related: Tory manifesto: more elderly people will have to pay for own social care

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May
19

Praise those who pay the real living wage | Letters

Letter from Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation

Recent announcements from across the political spectrum have raised the issue of living wages and statutory minimum wages. With inflation rising and wages not keeping pace, no doubt the debate around what level statutory wages should sit at will continue in the weeks, months and years to come. In the meantime, we should champion businesses that go beyond what’s legally required of them in supporting those at the lowest end of the pay scale by rewarding them fairly. Amid the predictions and pledges on what a minimum wage could look like in 2020 or 2022, there’s a growing movement of over 3,000 responsible employers who aren’t waiting for government to instruct them. Instead, today they are all voluntarily paying their employees, including subcontracted staff, at least the real living wage – currently £8.45 an hour across the UK and £9.75 in London, reflecting the increased living costs of the capital.

Academics, business leaders and civil society representatives oversee the calculation process to ensure the wage rate is robust and fair. We don’t predict; instead, we make sound calculations.
Katherine Chapman
Director, Living Wage Foundation

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May
19

Manchester University must think again about cuts to languages | Letters

A proposal to shed linguists and cross-cultural experts is clearly against the best interests of the UK, write 15 senior representatives for modern languages in the UK

As senior representatives for modern languages in the UK, we are surprised and disturbed to hear that the University of Manchester plans to cut 35 posts in its School of arts, languages and cultures, alongside further jobs in business and in biology, medicine and health. Staff in German, French, Italian, Hebrew and Spanish have been told that their jobs are “at risk” because these areas supposedly recruit fewer and lower quality students than the Russell Group tariff average. We have not seen hard evidence of this claim; we do know that modern languages at Manchester have a stellar reputation nationally and internationally, and that the areas targeted for radical reduction have excellent student ratings for teaching quality as well as very significant research power. Recent harsh marking in modern languages A-levels has led to a mistaken perception of applicants as being of “lower quality”; and at a time when there is a clear need to stimulate recruitment for modern languages across higher education, we urge the university to address the issue positively and proactively in the context of a proven and urgent need for graduates with languages in the UK (see, for example, the British Chambers of Commerce and British Council reports).

It is worth recalling that over £3m has been awarded to Manchester precisely to support and encourage research in modern languages 2016-2020. The university signed a letter of support for modern languages which was received by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in connection with Manchester’s Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) application in 2015.

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