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Countering far-right extremism: Are we witnessing a major shift in the Government’s response?

Countering far-right extremism: Are we witnessing a major shift in the Government’s response?

Radical change in countering far-right extremism will only be achieved when right-wing politicians take responsibility for their actions.  Prior to the turn of the century, the fight against terrorism in the UK was concerned with domestic affairs, specifically related to the actions of the Irish Republican Army.   The introduction of the Terrorism Act 2000 marked …

A new year, more opportunities for progress

A new year, more opportunities for progress

It may be the end of another year, but our work must continue.  For many, the New Year marks new beginnings and major changes. In some ways, change can be beneficial, but there must also be consistency in other areas — our work is one of them. As COVID-19 leaves some groups more isolated than …

Social equity and access to public green space in London: What are the implications for our most marginalised communities?

Social equity and access to public green space in London: What are the implications for our most marginalised communities?

The Covid-19 pandemic has further exposed the inequitable access to public green space and parks for London’s population. Mayor Sadiq Khan has made green space a priority for the city, which has seen London become the world’s first National Park City, with the aim of making the city greener, healthier and wilder.  Access to green space …

How the differential treatment of religious festivals in the pandemic response reflects the disadvantage in society

How the differential treatment of religious festivals in the pandemic response reflects the disadvantage in society

Contrasts in how religious festivals have been perceived in the COVID-19 response show us society’s entrenched hierarchy of religions. Most people will likely have come across reports in the news about various changes in lockdown measures in response to COVID-19 and debates about the timing of these changes. What some people may not have realised …

JAN Trust, a charity working during COVID-19

JAN Trust, a charity working during COVID-19

JAN Trust has been supporting marginalised women since 1989. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic really changed the way we had previously been working. Our face to face community support had to evolve to accommodate the new lockdown rules  while also ensuring  that our beneficiaries would stay safe. The pandemic has been a challenging time for …

The UK is experiencing a pandemic – so why does the government continue to prioritise immigration?

The UK is experiencing a pandemic – so why does the government continue to prioritise immigration?

The effects of immigration policy on NHS patients and staff demonstrate how the government is focusing on restrictions to immigration over public health. The issue of immigration has been at the forefront of political discussions for a number of years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has done little to slow this process down. Instead, the government’s …