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  • Nicola Trahan obituary
    by Michael Smith on 28th February 2024 at 5:35 pm

    Member of the French resistance who served as a courier behind enemy lines during the second world war Nicola Trahan, who has died aged 97, joined the French resistance as a schoolgirl and was awarded the Croix de Guerre avec Palme for her bravery during “numerous dangerous missions”, in particular a series of battles between her Maquis and the notorious 2nd SS Panzerdivision Das Reich. After the second world war she settled in the UK, where she served with the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA) for 50 years. Aged 16, while still at school in Valençay, Indre, in central France, she joined the Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur (FFI), the resistance organisation run by the Gaullist French authorities in London and known as the Armée Secrète. Continue reading…

  • The Guardian view on food poverty: charities can’t take the state’s place | Editorial
    by Editorial on 27th February 2024 at 6:43 pm

    Jeremy Hunt should commit to extending household support and funding free school meals for more children The latest data on the number of UK families going hungry provides an alarming glimpse of the grim struggle faced by millions of people in their day-to-day lives. According to the Food Foundation tracker, one in five households with children have gone without meals in recent weeks, with 11 million people overall experiencing food insecurity – although this marks a small improvement since last summer. The finding that the amount of vegetables bought has fallen to a 50-year low is particularly dismaying, given all that we know about their role in promoting good health. Along with homelessness and inadequate housing, this is the rawest of all lacks. People are going without the basic necessities of life. The foundation says that the price of a weekly basket of food has increased by around 25% in two years. While income inequality overall remains stable, the gulf dividing haves from have-nots becomes harder to justify when the difficulties afflicting the poorest households are so acute. The recent removal of the cost of living support payments that were paid on top of universal credit can only exacerbate a situation that is already causing unnecessary pain. Continue reading…

  • How to get financial help with the cost of cancer
    by Hilary Osborne on 26th February 2024 at 7:00 am

    Most of the big charities can show you how to claim benefits, and check what your insurer or employer offers Most of the big cancer charities have financial experts who can help you navigate the benefits system and find out what you can claim to help you meet the cost of living while you are ill. Continue reading…

  • ‘It changed my life’: how a UK charity is helping female gambling addicts
    by Jessica Murray Midlands correspondent on 20th February 2024 at 9:55 am

    For women put off by male-dominated Gamblers Anonymous meetings, a treatment centre in Wolverhampton offers a lifeline At the height of her addiction at the age of 21, Megan Vanderson lost £4,000 in 10 minutes gambling on games and slots online. Hiding her problem was easy. She was glued to her phone 24/7, but most young people are. It was only after years of turmoil that she finally plucked up the courage to seek help – and found she was the only woman in the room. “Going into Gamblers Anonymous meetings, it was very male-dominated. So I felt that pressure, I didn’t feel like I could speak as openly,” said Vanderson, now 23. “I was on my own at 21 years old and couldn’t understand why I was like this. I had never seen a young woman who had gone through a gambling addiction, ever.” Continue reading…

  • Royal Parks workers bring landmark case over race and equal pay
    by Emily Dugan on 20th February 2024 at 7:00 am

    Exclusive: Group of London toilet cleaners and attendants at court of appeal over legality of outsourced contracts A group of toilet cleaners and attendants for London’s most famous parks could be about to make legal history in the court of appeal by arguing that their outsourced contracts amounted to indirect race discrimination. While Royal Parks’ mostly white in-house staff were paid at least the London living wage, its outsourced cleaners, who were almost all black, only received the minimum wage until they went on strike in 2019. Continue reading…


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