British riches and poverty news


Economic recession, cartoon

England: NHS workers were up in arms today after a Gloucester NHS trust chief seeking to slash staff pay gloated about buying himself a new boat: here.

Banking giant Barclays today reported a 13 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £4.2 billion in the first half of 2012 – despite a string of public outrages: here.

City regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA) announced new rules today to clamp down on banks and building societies mis-selling customers packaged accounts: here.

More than one in five workers are being forced by employers to pay for personal protection equipment (PPE) out of their own pocket in flagrant breach of the law, the TUC said today: here.

Britain’s poorest pensioners are losing more than a third of their income to taxes, new research warned today: here.

Britain’s depressing economic recession and rocketing unemployment figures may have driven more people to commit suicide over the last couple of years, experts suggested today: here.

A mansion in London’s posh Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £300 million—making it the most expensive house sale in British history: here.

Scotland’s Labour shadow health secretary called on the government today to break the “link between poverty and early death” after figures revealed poorer Scots live more than 13 years less than wealthier people: here.

The government’s savage welfare cuts will shove the majority of British children below the breadline within two years, the TUC warned yesterday: here.

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  1. Tetra Pak heir avoids jail term

    CRIME: Wealthy Tetra Pak heir Hans Rausing avoided a jail sentence at Isleworth Crown Court today after he admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife Eva’s body.

    Mr Rausing was given two concurrent prison sentences of 10 months and two months, both suspended for two years after he admitted another charge of driving under the influence of drugs.

    Police discovered her body in an advanced state of decomposition on July 9.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/122142

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  4. 10% of older people ‘not eating right’

    Thursday 09 May 2013

    Experts warned today that a tenth of elderly people in Britain aren’t eating properly.

    The British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the Malnutrition Task Force (MTF) said it is a “big problem.”

    Tackling malnutrition in adults could save the NHS more than £45 million a year, they argued.

    “For far too long, malnutrition and dehydration has been thought of as a Third World problem,” said BDA chairwoman Helen Davidson.

    MTF chairwoman Dianne Jeffrey said that efforts must be made to spot malnutrition earlier.

    “Together, we can combat preventable malnutrition effectively and thus improve the health of older people, maintain their independence and save money for the local health economy too.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/132670

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