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The Secret Gardeners aims to inform professionals about the plight of children who are forced by organised crime gangs to grow drugs in houses across the UK but who often face criminalisation and prison.

Source: ECPAT UK | The Secret Gardeners: New film on child trafficking from Vietnam

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This about time as no helpline should be subject to premium charges, lets hope any others will follow accordingly.

Now iron out all the problems re payments, assessments and any other aspects as these benefits are supposed to help claimants lead independent lives and not cause, upsets, stress, suicidal tendencies, more ill health, etc.

However, this may be the intended outcomes, especially when read inconjunction the the UN report from UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which examined the government’s progress in fulfilling its commitments to the UN convention on disabled people’s rights. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-human-rights-work/monitoring-and-promoting-un-treaties/un-convention-rights-persons-disabilities

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Theresa May scraps universal credit helpline charges.

People will be able to call the government’s universal credit helpline without being charged, within weeks.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had listened to criticism of the charges, which can be up to 55p a minute, and decided it was “right” to drop them.

But she again rejected calls by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to “pause” the roll-out of the controversial benefit amid fears it is causing hardship.

MPs are currently debating Labour’s call for a rethink.

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The SNP’s annual conference has unanimously called on the UK government to implement the findings of a UN committee of disability rights experts, after a disabled activist demanded “justice for the dead” and “rights for the living”. The motion proposed by disabled party activist Fiona Robertson called on the UK government to stop using “meaningless platitudes” to hide from its responsibility for the “immense human suffering” it has caused disabled people across the UK through its policies. The conference in Glasgow unanimously passed the motion, which criticised the Conservative government for ignoring the findings of the report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. And it demanded that the government implement all the 80-plus recommendations made by the committee in August, when its report detailed the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Later in the conference, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon used the

Source: SNP hears ‘justice for the dead’ demand as it backs call to implement UN report | DisabledGo News and Blog


Family members of a U.S. service member killed in Niger were “astonished” by the president’s remarks, according to a Florida congresswoman.

Source: Trump Told Soldier’s Widow He Knew ‘What He Signed Up For,’ Congresswoman Says – NBC News


Today is national Anti-Slavery Day. Why does slavery need its own day? Well in the UK modern slavery is a rapidly growing criminal activity but we’re only just beginning to understand the scale of the crimes being committed. The National Crime Agency estimate that there are over 10,000 potential victims of slavery in the UK right now, with potential victims recorded in 2016 coming from 108 different countries.

So let me tell you something about modern slavery, what we’re doing as the Co-op, and how you can help too.

Vulnerable

Slavery is the second biggest illegal trade in the world and it preys on the most vulnerable men, women and children destroying their lives by trapping them in crime, domestic slavery, the sex trade or forced labour. Figures show that 1 in 4 victims are children, whilst up to 34% of victims of slavery go on to be re-trafficked.

You can find out more at http://www.antislavery.org

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Today is national Anti-Slavery Day. Why does slavery need its own day? Well in the UK modern slavery is a rapidly growing criminal activity but we’re only just beginning to understand the scale of the crimes being committed. The National Crime Agency estimate that there are over 10,000 potential victims of slavery in the UK right now, with potential victims recorded in 2016 coming from 108 different countries.

So let me tell you something about modern slavery, what we’re doing as the Co-op, and how you can help too.

Vulnerable

Slavery is the second biggest illegal trade in the world and it preys on the most vulnerable men, women and children destroying their lives by trapping them in crime, domestic slavery, the sex trade or forced labour. Figures show that 1 in 4 victims are children, whilst up to 34% of victims…

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The minister for disabled people has again misled MPs, after she claimed that the UK had “volunteered” to take part in a public UN examination which concluded that her government’s disability policies had caused a “human catastrophe”. Penny Mordaunt was responding to Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, who told the Commons this week that the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had “condemned” the government’s progress on disability employment. De Cordova had asked Mordaunt if the government would respond to those concerns. The committee’s “concluding observations” report, in August, examined how the UK had implemented the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Among more than 80 recommendations for improvements – a record number for any country being examined by the committee – it was heavily critical of the UK government’s failure to take action to close the disability pay gap and the disability employment

Source: Mordaunt misleads MPs… again | DisabledGo News and Blog


MONTREAL/TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) – Airbus (AIR.PA) has agreed to take a majority stake in Bombardier’s (BBDb.TO) troubled CSeries jetliner programme, securing the plane’s future and giving the Canadian firm a possible way out of a damaging trade dispute with Boeing (BA.N).


Having sneered at the project for decades, many members of the anti-Brexit brigade are now draped in EU flags, says doctoral researcher Ragnar Weilandt

Source: From the continent, remainers’ sudden love for the EU looks like plain hypocrisy | Ragnar Weilandt | Opinion | The Guardian


A FORMER EU lawyer has warned the only deal Britain will get with the EU is “the full monty”, despite efforts by Theresa May to get Britain a bespoke deal with the EU.

Source: EU top dog says Britain WILL get a deal but Brexiteers will HATE it | UK | News | Express.co.uk


THE EU is trying to squeeze more money out of the UK by delaying the Brexit process over citizen’s rights, Government sources claim.

Source: EU: ‘Concern’ over citizen’s rights is a ‘smokescreen’ to squeeze more money out of UK | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

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