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Issue No. 2485

Sexual health services cut

George Osborne’s public health budget cuts mean councils will be forced to spend up to £40 million less on sexual health services, figures show.

Yet sexually transmitted infections are on the rise.

Diagnoses of gonorrhoea rose by 107 percent and syphilis by 63 percent in 2014.


Anti-choice group launched

Anti-abortionists in Scotland have set up a new organisation called Don’t Stop a Beating Heart.

They are trying to take advantage of the coming devolution of abortion law.

Pro-choice Abortion Rights activists are getting organised to combat them.


Bankers let off the hook

A public review into banking culture has been scrapped.

The review was set up by the Financial Conduct Authority last March after a number of banking scandals, then scrapped in December.


Rail fares rip off workers

Rail operators have increased rail fares by 1.1 percent. The increase means a 25 percent rise over the last five years.

The Tories plan to cap annual fares increases. But that cap is to be funded by public cash—not the deep pockets of private operators.


Fat cats make workers' yearly pay

Chief executives of FTSE 100 companies had already earned more by Tuesday afternoon than the average worker will this year.

The High Pay Centre say that top bosses have pocketed the average annual salary of £27,645.


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