Jane Dodge

  • 6 Jan 2019

    Universal Credit was meant to simplify and streamline the existing benefits system but it has been running into trouble for several years. Some claimants have even been forced into destitution. Today the Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd decided to dramatically scale back the next stage of the roll out: from 3 million benefit claimants…

  • 17 Dec 2018

    After months of Brexit sucking up all the energy in Westminster, six senior MPs who chair cross-party committees warned Theresa May at the weekend that the prolonged arguments over Brexit are having a “serious detrimental effect” on wider domestic policy – including domestic abuse.

  • 4 Dec 2018

    According to Ofsted’s annual report, 19 thousand pupils vanished from the school roll between 2016 and 2017. Around half of them disappeared without trace.

  • 3 Dec 2018

    Sir David Attenborough has warned that climate change is humanity’s greatest threat. He was speaking at the United Nations climate summit, where they’re still dealing with the withdrawal from the International Agreement of Donald Trump.

  • 24 Nov 2018

    Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived in Brussels ahead of tomorrow’s Brexit summit where she’s hoping her Withdrawal Agreement will be endorsed by EU leaders. She’s meeting the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, now and the EU Council chief and summit chair Donald Tusk shortly after. Mr Tusk has reportedly prevented a last…

  • 13 Nov 2018

    The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire has heard that police told a resident to remain in a flat more than 15 minutes after the London Fire Brigade’s “stay put” advice was changed. Seventy-two people died as a result of the fire last June.

  • 12 Nov 2018

    Six people have been convicted for membership of banned neo-Nazi group National Action. Two of them, Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas, gave their baby the middle name Adolf as a tribute to Hitler, who they said they admired.

  • 10 Oct 2018

    The manager of a Belfast bakery said he was “delighted and relieved” after the Supreme Court ruled that his company was not discriminating against a customer when it refused to make a cake iced with the slogan “support gay marriage”.

  • 7 Oct 2018

    A prominent writer, critical of his country’s leadership, vanishes and rumours abound that he’s been murdered by the regime. It might sound like the plot of a thriller, but Jamal Khashoggi’s friends say the allegations are deadly serious. His fiancée says he went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out. Turkish officials…

  • 6 Oct 2018

    At the forefront of the battle against poverty for more than a century: Toynbee Hall in London’s East End has helped to pioneer social reform. And with a recent report finding more than one in ten people in the UK live in persistent poverty – its work has never been more crucial. The Victorian building…

  • 23 Sep 2018

    A video has emerged allegedly showing a British man who has been captured in Syria on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State militant group. The man says he is Anwar Miah and is from Birmingham. He claims he’s been working as a medic at the ‘general hospital’ in the region controlled by…

  • 22 Sep 2018

    Gunmen have killed at least 25 people and injured more than 50 others during a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz.

  • 15 Aug 2018

    “It seemed like a scene from a film, it was the apocalypse” – the words of one man who survived the motorway bridge collapse in Genoa that left at least 39 people dead.

  • 14 Aug 2018

    It is one of Italy’s busiest motorways, especially in the holiday season. It is the main artery from southern France to the Italian coast, passing through the heart of the northern city of Genoa. Today in the midst of a thunderstorm, one of the main bridges on the motorway collapsed. Lorries and cars plunged 90 metres to the ground…

  • 7 Aug 2018

    A group of workers are paid so little that some of them have work more than 80 hours a week. That’s almost 12 hours a day, seven days a week.