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The UK Government has said same sex marriage in Northern Ireland could be introduced via Westminster. Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley said while it should be a matter for the Stormont Assembly, if the matter was to be raised at Westminster it is the Government's policy to allow…
Disabled people are unable to afford the same standard of living as non-disabled people, a charity has warned. A new report from the disability charity Scope found that disabled people have "much less" to live on and are having to fork out an average of £570 a month related to…
MSPs have passed a law to ensure women make up at least half the board members for all public authorities. The Scottish Parliament voted by 88 to 28 in favour of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill, with opposition from the Conservatives. The legislation sets the benchmark of…
New legislation aimed at ensuring women make up at least half the board members for all public authorities is expected to be approved by Holyrood. MSPs at the Scottish Parliament are due to vote on the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill this afternoon. If passed the legislation will…
Half of children in some parts of the UK are growing up in poverty, revealing a "growing crisis", a new report warns. Research by the End Child Poverty coalition showed that some of the most deprived areas of the country have seen the biggest increases in child poverty over the…
Poorer patients living in affluent areas are the most likely to miss GP appointments, a study suggests. Researchers who conducted an anonymous survey of more than 500,000 patients in Scotland found that nearly a fifth failed to keep an appointment on more than two occasions over a three year period.…
The poorest in society are being hit the hardest by the Government's tax and welfare changes, the official equality watchdog has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said an analysis of all the changes to tax, social security and public spending since the Conservatives came to power in…
A newly-appointed professor at the University of Huddersfield has played a key role in an ambitious research project investigating inequalities in child welfare provision throughout the UK. It has now begun a line of enquiry into the possibility that Northern Ireland – despite high levels of deprivation – might provide…
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