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Issue No. 2393

Women paid less in Britain

The 19 percent gender pay gap in Britain is one of the highest in Europe, a recent report shows. The European average is 16.4 percent. 

Britain came 18th in an international survey of 27 countries looking at women’s job opportunities and pay.

Fire closure ‘caused death’

Firefighters have accused London mayor Boris Johnson of having “blood on his hands” after a pensioner died following a fire.

Maurice Cunliffe, 83, died in Woolwich on Thursday of last week. 

Woolwich fire station was one of ten stations closed by Johnson in January.

Childcare costs are rocketing

Childcare costs have rocketed 27 percent since 2009 say the Family and Child care Trust. 

Parents now pay an average of £7,549 a year just for one child in part time nursery and another in an after school club—more than the average mortgage.

Poverty rewrite is postponed

The government has postponed plans to change the way child poverty is defined. Its new child poverty strategy contains a list of existing government policies, such as fruit and vegetable vouchers.

But the Tories remain committed to attacks on wages and benefits.

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Tue 4 Mar 2014, 18:55 GMT
Issue No. 2393
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