Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Media playback is unsupported on your device The newly elected leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council has been booed and heckled amid continuing anger over the Grenfell Tower fire. Protesters shouted “resign” and “shame on you” as Elizabeth Campbell was made council leader at a public meeting. The councillor said she was “deeply sorry” for the “grief and trauma” caused by the blaze in west London. The fractious meeting ended early after a female resident…

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Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Public sector workers get a 10% “premium” over their private sector counterparts, Philip Hammond said as he warned ministers against leaking cabinet talks on the pay cap. The chancellor refused to comment on reports he had said at a meeting that public servants were “overpaid”. And he suggested some colleagues who do not agree with his approach on Brexit were trying to undermine him. Minister Liam Fox said…

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#NotACrime: Street Artist ELLE Promotes Education Equality Through Public Murals

#NotACrime: Street Artist ELLE Promotes Education Equality Through Public Murals

Photo Credit: Jill Weinlein I was invited to meet ELLE, a female graffiti and street artist turned muralist, while she was painting her latest masterpiece in the parking garage of the iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel Sunset Marquis. As the future buses of rock stars pull into the hotel, they will be greeted by a striking piece of a young woman with the top of her head exploding, and multiple hands reaching out to grab as…

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Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap

Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap

Pay review bodies’ recommendations for public sector jobs should be respected by ministers, Michael Gove has said. The environment secretary said that while ministers needed to reduce the deficit, they should also respect the “integrity” of the pay review process. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the current 1% public sector pay cap. It follows demands within the party for an easing up…

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Queen's Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Queen's Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Media playback is unsupported on your device Labour is to table an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for the 1% public sector pay cap and cuts to the police and emergency services to end. Jeremy Corbyn says the amendment, which will be voted on on Wednesday, will be a “test case” of MPs’ willingness to oppose further austerity measures. He will say firefighters who fought the Grenfell Tower blaze “deserve” a rise after seven…

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London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. The PM said people “deserve answers” as to why the fire spread so rapidly. The first victim…

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Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Heroic public sector staff deserve more pay – Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated he will press the chancellor to give public sector staff more pay. He made the comments following a speech in which he praised the way NHS staff and the other emergency services responded to the recent terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. He said, in particular, he had “a great deal of sympathy” for the case made by nurses for an end to the pay cap. The cap…

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Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector staff are more likely to feel anxious at work and take sick days for their mental health than those in the private sector, research suggests. The charity Mind asked 12,000 UK employees about their mental health. It found 48% in the public sector took time off for their well-being, compared with 32% in the private sector. Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive, called on organisations to combat a “culture of fear and silence in…

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