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Former miners warn the government : Hands off our pension funds.



EX-MINERS have gathered more than 100,000 signatures in a petition calling on the government to stop raiding their pension funds to the tune of billions of pounds.

Former miners from South Wales, protesting over the rip-off, will take the petition to Downing Street on March 6.

The Tories struck a deal with pension fund administrators following the privatisation of the coal mining industry in 1994, which meant the government would underwrite any losses the pensions’ investments suffered in the future.

In return the pension funds had to hand over 50 per cent of any surpluses accrued.

Since then, the pensions’ investments have produced a surplus every year, and the Treasury has received £5 billion which could otherwise have gone to retired miners or their widows.

Miners’ union the NUM has been campaigning for years to end the arrangement, but successive governments have refused.

The average pension for a miner is £84 a week and some miners’ widows receive as little as £10
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The South Wales petition has been organised by five retired miners, among them 84-year-old Harry Parfitt.

“We are all getting on, but we managed to achieve 100,000 signatures in the last three years,” he said. “The government is making £1 million a day out of the pension funds, and it is ex-miners and their widows who are getting £10 a week pensions.

“There’ll be four ex-miners from South Wales going to London, and three from England.”

Mr Parfitt will not be going with the delegation as he has mobility problems resulting from his working life as a miner.

The main Mineworkers Pension Scheme has about 200,000 members.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will be guest speaker at the annual David Jones and Joe Green Memorial Lecture at the miners’ headquarters in Barnsley on Saturday March 9, starting at 10.45am.

The two men were killed on the picket line during the 1984-5 strike against pit closures. Also speaking will be Mike Jackson of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM).
British children living in poverty " Could hit record high " – report.

By 2023-24, the proportion of children living in relative poverty is on course to hit 37%.


The proportion of children in Britain living in poverty risks hitting a record high in the next few years as incomes stagnate and benefit cuts continue to bite, a report has warned.

A study by the Resolution Foundation thinktank said UK households had experienced flatlining living standards due to a lack of economic and pay growth in the past two years. Average incomes will not rise materially over the next two years either, it said.

The bleak forecast will hit lower-income families harder, according to the report, and child poverty could exceed previous highs reached in the early 1990s. Deprived families will bare the brunt of weak pay and benefit cuts, the report said.

While weak productivity and pay freezes were holding back living standards for most people, government policy was also hitting more deprived groups. The report noted the final year of the benefit freeze, which will reduce working-age household incomes by £1.5bn, will start in April, while the impact of the two-child limit on benefits will grow over the remainder of this parliament.


This is having a direct impact on child poverty, said the report, which has been increasing continuously since 2011. It predicts that by 2023-24 the proportion of children living in relative poverty (after housing costs) is on course to hit 37% – exceeding the previous record high of 34% in the early 1990s. This could mean an extra 1 million children living in poverty in the next five years, it said.

Adam Corlett, senior economic analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “UK households have already taken a £1,500-a-year hit to their incomes. There’s now a huge risk that their incomes stagnate over the next few years as the economy’s pay performance struggles to get out of first gear.”

“The outlook for low and middle-income families is particularly tough,” said Corlett, citing welfare cuts as a major factor.


He added: “The UK’s current economic outlook is highly uncertain, and will hopefully surprise on the upside. But whatever direction the economy takes, the government must reassess the continuation of working-age welfare cuts. Otherwise, its non-Brexit record risks being stained by a return to record levels of child poverty.”

Louisa McGeehan, the Child Poverty Action Group charity’s director of policy, said the report was a wake-up call. “After years of deep social security cuts we are on the cusp of a child poverty crisis which will damage both the life chances of a generation and the wider economy.

“In the UK we have been very successful at reducing poverty among pensioners but we have allowed child poverty to rise. That is unjustifiable in a country that is compassionate and believes that every child matters,” she said.

The report, The Living Standards Outlook 2019, combines data, the Office of Budgetary Responsibility’s economic projections and the impact of current government policy to reach its findings.

The report warns that by the end of parliament the majority of children in single-parent families or in larger families, with more than two children, could be living in relative poverty.


“The good news is that child poverty is responsive to policy change – this means that if we act fast we can take action to reduce it … The government should also end the punitive, poverty-producing two child limit and benefit cap that break the link between children’s needs and they support they get. It’s only by reinvesting in struggling families that the government can avoid presiding over record levels of child poverty,” said McGeehan.

The Resolution Foundation says increasing wage growth by 1% (bringing it into line with the pre-crisis average of 4%) could treble the strength of income growth over the reminder of parliament.

It also finds that were the UK to repeat the employment success of the last two years for the next two, bringing an extra 900,000 people into work, typical income growth over the next five years would increase to 2.6%.

The foundation said while strengthening pay and employment was not directly within the government’s short-term control, action to prevent child poverty hitting a record high should be a priority.

A government spokesman said: “Our priority is to support people to improve their lives. Since 2010 we’ve introduced the National Living Wage, doubled free childcare for three and four-year-olds, and cut taxes for 32 million people to help families meet the everyday cost of living and keep more of what they earn.

“But we know that some people need more support. That’s why we’re spending £90bn to support families who need it, and by 2022 we will be spending £28bn more on welfare than we do now.”
UK hunger survey to measure food insecurity.

Exclusive : Campaigners hail move to gauge number of households struggling to put food on the table


The government is to introduce an official measure of how often low-income families across the UK skip meals or go hungry because they cannot afford to buy enough food, the Guardian can reveal.

A national index of food insecurity is to be incorporated into an established UK-wide annual survey run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that monitors household incomes and living standards.

Campaigners, who have been calling for the measure for three years, said the move was “a massive step forward” that would provide authoritative evidence of the extent and causes of hunger in the UK. They say food insecurity is strongly linked to poverty caused by austerity and welfare cuts and is driving widening health inequality.

Food insecurity is generally defined as experiencing hunger, the inability to secure food of sufficient quality and quantity to enable good health and participation in society, and cutting down on food because of a lack of money.

The decision, which took campaigners by surprise, was revealed at an informal meeting on Tuesday attended by the DWP, the Office for National Statistics, Public Health England and the Scottish and Welsh governments, as well as a number of food poverty charities.

Ministers have for years resisted calls to bring England into line with the US and Canada by measuring food insecurity. Critics said this was to avoid shedding unwanted light on the impact of welfare policy and the public health consequences of being unable to eat regularly or healthily.

The new measures closely reflect those called for in a private member’s bill being piloted through the Commons by Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck. She welcomed the move but said urgent action to address the causes of hunger was now needed.

“It is a real pity that it has taken this long to be enacted, as every single day that has passed has been a day that another person has gone hungry. This positive step forward should not be used as an excuse for government inaction whilst this important data is being gathered,” said Lewell-Buck.

The most recent best estimate of UK food insecurity, published by the Food Foundation in 2016 using UN data, suggested that in 2014 more than 8 million people lived in households that struggled to put food on the table, with more than half regularly going a whole day without eating.

The DWP will add 10 questions about food buying and eating habits to its annual Family Resources Survey, which will be sent to 20,000 UK households in April. The data will be reported publicly in March 2021. Experts say the findings will help refine understanding of what drives hunger and food insecurity.

The questions, which are based on US measures of food insecurity, will ask whether and how often households skipped meals, were unable to afford healthy food and went hungry or lost weight because they did not have enough money to buy sufficient food.

The change of direction on measuring food insecurity comes just weeks after Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, conceded that the rollout of universal credit had contributed to an increase in food bank use, reversing previous ministerial claims that the two were not linked.

The DWP said: “We always ensure we use the best possible evidence base for making policy. Building a better understanding of household food needs will help us to ensure we’re targeting support to those who need it most, so we’ve worked closely with stakeholders to develop tools to help us best collect this information.”

Anna Taylor, the executive director of the Food Foundation thinktank, said: “We’ve known for too long now that a disturbing number of people in the UK don’t have access to enough nutritious food, but our knowledge has been too patchy to identify real solutions. In the fifth-richest economy in the world, that’s a social justice disaster.”

Niall Cooper, the director of Church Action on Poverty and chair of End Hunger UK, said: “It was over three years ago that End Hunger UK coalition members first called on the government to ‘count the hungry’. So we’re delighted, three years later, that food insecurity levels are finally going to be measured regularly.”

A Food Foundation study last year found almost 4 million children in the UK lived in households that would struggle to afford to buy enough fruit, vegetables, fish and other healthy foods to meet official nutrition guidelines.
UK income inequality increasing as benefits cuts hit poorest.

Average income of the poorest fifth of the population shrunk by 1.6% last year, says ONS.



Income inequality across Britain increased over the course of 2018 as cuts to benefits damaged the finances of poorer households while the wealthiest in society got richer, official figures show.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the average income of the poorest fifth of the population after inflation contracted by 1.6% in the last financial year ending in 2018, while the average income of the richest fifth rose by 4.7%.

The Whitehall statistics body singled out the falling average value of cash benefits for the poorest households as the main driver behind the decline in their income, while a rise in earnings from employment lifted the income of the richest.

It also said that median household disposable income growth had plateaued last year at £28,400, ending four years of steady increases for the strength of household finances.

The latest snapshot into the health of household finances across the country suggests that welfare cuts imposed by the government have exacerbated inequalities, at a time of mounting political and economic divisions.

Separate analysis has previously shown the Brexit vote damaged average household incomes, after the sharp drop in the pound immediately after the referendum result drove higher inflation, outstripping wage rises.

Theresa May has come under growing pressure to enact her promise to end austerity, after almost a decade of cuts to benefits and services. Household benefits for millions of families, including those in work, have been frozen over the last four years under a policy launched by the then chancellor, George Osborne, in 2015.

The policy, in place until 2020, means household benefit payments do not rise in line with inflation. The Resolution Foundation thinktank estimates the average lower-income family with children will be £200 worse off this year as a consequence.

Despite the deterioration in household income last year, the ONS said the longer-term picture was more positive for poorer families. Since the 2008 financial crisis, it is the average income of the poorest fifth that has risen the most, up 11.6%, compared with the richest fifth, rising by 4.9% over the same period.

The highest 1% of earners in the country have, however, managed to protect their share of total household disposable income over the past seven years, with the richest 1% of the population controlling 7.1% of total household disposable income.

The ONS said income inequality had increased slightly last year when measured using the Gini coefficient – a sliding scale between 0 and 100 where higher values represent a greater degree of inequality – with the gauge ticking up from 31.4 to 32.5 last year in the UK.

Despite the small increase last year, income inequality remains slightly lower than the levels reached 11 years ago, although is substantially higher than during the 1970s and 1980s before income inequality rapidly accelerated in Britain and several other major economies.

Dominic Webber, the head of household income and expenditure analysis at the ONS, said: “While our report highlights a contraction in average income for the poorest fifth of the population, the longer-term trend has seen this group’s income rise the most. As such it may be too early to draw definite conclusions from this specific downtick.

“Those in the richest fifth have seen a greater change, as well as a sustained rise over a number of years, which has helped to drive an increase in inequality.”


A Treasury spokesperson said unemployment was at a historic low, it had raised the national living wage and was cutting taxes to help families.

“But we recognise the importance of providing more support to those who need it. That’s why we’re spending an additional £1.7bn a year on universal credit and by 2022 we will be spending £28bn more on welfare than we do now.”
A million public sector workers paid less than living wage, says report.

Care workers and cleaners among those trapped in in-work poverty, say campaigners.


More than 1 million public sector workers in Britain are paid less than the amount required to make ends meet, trapping them in in-work poverty, according to a report.

The Living Wage Foundation said as many as 1.2 million people working for the NHS, councils and other public sector employers receive unsustainably low wages of less than £9 an hour, or £10.55 in London.

It said public sector workers, employed either directly by the state or on outsourced contracts, account for up to 20% of the 6 million people in Britain paid less than this level – the real living wage – which is a voluntary minimum set each year to reflect living costs.

The real living wage is higher than the government’s legally enforceable “national living wage” of £7.83 an hour across the country, which is to rise to £8.21 from April.

Using data compiled by the Smith Institute, the report revealed the vast majority of public sector workers earning below the real living wage are in local authority jobs, including teaching assistants, cleaners, care workers and catering staff. Almost half a million are on outsourced contracts, while 725,000 work directly for a public sector body.

Lola McEvoy, the head of campaigns at the Living Wage Foundation, said: “It’s simply wrong [that workers are] struggling to keep their heads above water on wages that don’t meet basic living costs.”

The analysis comes after years of public sector pay freezes imposed by the Conservatives. Although Theresa May has since scrapped the policy, the prime minister is still under pressure to show austerity is at an end after nearly a decade of cuts.

Christina McAnea, the assistant general secretary of Unison, said: “Hundreds of thousands of workers delivering essential public services are on poverty pay. Many have second and even third jobs just to keep the wolf from the door.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “Every employee deserves a fair and competitive wage that recognises their hard work and contribution to our economy.

“The government has demonstrated its commitment to workers’ rights through the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years, and has helped to deliver the fastest wage growth in 20 years for the lowest-paid workers through the national living wage.”
Thousands of poorest pensioners will lose out, government reveals.

Pensioners with partners of working age will no longer be able to claim pension credit.


The government has revealed that 60,000 of the least well-off pensioners with partners of working age are set to lose thousands of pounds a year as a result of benefit changes designed to save £1bn over the next five years.

A rule change coming into force on 15 May means that pensioners who have partners under the state retirement age of 65 will no longer be able to claim for pension credit, a means-tested top-up for older people on very low incomes.

The change means pensioners claiming after that date must sign up to the much less generous universal credit, a move which will leave the couple potentially £7,000 a year worse off.


Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, called the move an “ill thought-out decision” that would potentially devastate the incomes of poorer older people.

Analysts say the scale of the losses faced by couples could put pressure on relationships, and may persuade them that they cannot afford to marry or move in together. Some may consider splitting up to try to avoid the loss.

The change, which was slipped out in January on the evening of a Brexit vote, was condemned by charities as a stealth cut which would drive up pensioner poverty, although at the time there were no details of how many people would be affected.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed in an analysis published on Thursday that the rule change will affect 15,000 couples this year, rising to 60,000 in 2023-24. Estimated savings will be £45m this year, rising to £385m by 2023-24, amounting to cumulative savings of £1.1bn.

As well as moving pensioners on to universal credit, a working-age benefit designed to incentivise work, the move means that affected mixed-age couples in social homes are likely to be be subject to the bedroom tax – a £14 a week average loss in rent support from which pensioners were previously exempt.

Tom Selby, senior analyst at financial services firm AJ Bell, said: “Tens of thousands of mixed-age couples are facing a £1bn hit as a result of the government’s pension credit raid. With pension credit worth up to £13,273 a year, versus £5,986 a year for universal credit, at the extreme those affected could be over £7,000 a year worse off.”

A DWP spokesperson said: “This change was voted on by parliament in 2012 and means, for new claims from 15 May, only pensioners can claim pension credit. If a person in the household is of working age we believe it’s fair that they should be in the same circumstances as other people of the same age, regardless of the age of their partner.”
The madness continues :
Council tax bills to rise by an average of 4.5 per cent.

" Local authorities have faced the most significant cuts to spending over the last 10 years, and despite the Government's announcement that austerity is ending, for local authorities this is clearly not the case. "



The average household in England faces a £75.60 rise in council tax from April, according to a survey of local authorities.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) study found a planned average increase of 4.5 per cent for Band D households in 2019-20.

The increase is lower than the 5.1 per cent or £80.92 rise last year, but is still the second highest council tax rise in the last decade, Cipfa said.

Of the authorities in England which responded, 301 of 312 said they would increase their council tax.

Households in Greater London are expected to see the highest percentage increase in their bills at 5.1 per cent. But in cash terms their total bill will be an average £1,476.39, while bills in the northeast will be £1,883.95.

“The extent of the rises across the country are a reflection of the incredible fiscal pressure faced by local authorities and police,” said Cipfa CEO Rob Whiteman. ”Without a bolder vision from government, the future of these services is increasingly being put at risk.

“Local authorities have faced the most significant cuts to spending over the last 10 years, and despite the government’s announcement that austerity is ending, for local authorities this is clearly not the case. Long term they remain in an unsustainable position. Ministers need to make radical decisions to secure the future of public services.

“Council tax is regressive, and increasingly divorced from the reality of property values. They will not be sufficient to meet rising demand for services such as adult, and increasingly, children’s social care.”

A Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “We are investing in Britain’s future by providing local authorities with access to £45.1bn this year – increasing to £46.4bn next year – to meet the needs of their residents. Councils, not central government, are responsible for managing their own resources. Taxpayers can veto excessive increases via a local referendum.”
Ministers warned 82% of households unable to escape benefit cap.

Only 18 per cent of those currently affected by cap have been assessed as capable of looking for work, MPs say.


Eight in 10 households affected by the benefit cap cannot work and should therefore be exempt, ministers have been warned.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has called on the government to only apply the cap – which limits the total amount of benefits a household can receive – to those who are expected to be looking for work.

It warned that only 18 per cent of those currently affected by the cap have been assessed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) as capable of looking for work, while 82 per cent of households cannot escape it.

These include single parents with young children and those who have an illness or disability.

“The government told parliament that the cap was meant for people who could work, but were choosing not to,” the committee said in a report on the benefit cap. “But in fact the majority of people who are affected by the cap have been assessed by the DWP as not being required to look for work, usually because they are lone parents with young children or have an illness or disability.

“A policy aimed at people who could work but were choosing not to is now being applied to single mothers with newborn babies and people with serious health conditions, who face significant barriers to finding work. This cannot be what was intended.”

The committee said the cap should only apply to claimants who are either claiming jobseekers’ allowance or claiming universal credit and in the “all work-related” activity group.

Veteran MP Frank Field, chairman of the committee, said: “It would be difficult to think of a more cruel cut. Benefits are being cut with the aim of driving people into work, but four in five people bearing this cut aren’t expected to work.

“What genius in government thought this one up?”


The committee also called on the government to increase the cap levels in line with inflation and to do more to monitor the impact of it.

The benefits cap was lowered in 2016 to a maximum of £23,000 for families and £15,410 for a single person living in London, and £20,000 for a family and £13,400 for a single person outside of London.

The DWP said it would “carefully consider” the report’s findings and “respond in due course”.

A spokesman added: “The benefit cap restores fairness so that it pays to work and still ensures there’s a safety net for the most vulnerable. People receiving certain disability benefits are already exempt from the cap.”

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd also announced yesterday that benefits claimants in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, had been chosen as the first people to be moved on to the government’s universal credit welfare reforms.

She said: “We have chosen them because they have had universal credit for three years, they are an experienced job centre and they are an area which have both urban and rural claimants. We will be making sure we have the opportunity to test and move as many as possible in an effective way so that we can really learn and demonstrate the success of managed migration.”

The pilot scheme is expected to start in July once regulations have been passed in the House of Commons.
Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says.

Ageing population and stretched care services leave poorest most vulnerable.

A landmark report on the state of ageing in Britain has warned that a significant proportion of people are at risk of spending later life in poverty, ill-health and hardship.

Britain is undergoing a radical demographic shift, with the number of people aged 65 and over set to grow by more than 40% in two decades, reaching more than 17 million by 2036. The number of households where the oldest person is 85 or over is increasing faster than any other age group.

But although we are living longer than ever before, the report warns that millions risk missing out on a good later life due to increasing pressure on health and care services, local authorities, the voluntary sector and government finances.

“Ageing is inevitable but how we age is not. Our current rates of chronic illness, mental health conditions, disability and frailty could be greatly reduced if we tackled the structural, economic and social drivers of poor health earlier,” said Dr Anna Dixon, the chief executive at Centre for Ageing Better.

“Our extra years of life are a gift that we should all be able to enjoy and yet - as this report shows - increasing numbers of us are at risk of missing out,” she added.

The Centre for Ageing Better’s report, The State of Ageing in 2019, warns that today’s least well-off over-50s face far greater challenges than wealthier peers and are likely to die younger, become sicker earlier and fall out of work due to ill-health.

The research brings together publicly available data sources to reveal vast differences in how people experience ageing depending on factors such as where they live, how much money they have or what sex or ethnicity they are.

While people aged 65 can expect to live just half of the remainder of their life without disability, those in less affluent parts of the country will die earlier and be sicker for longer. Ill-health is a major cause of people falling out of work prematurely and can affect quality of life and access to services such as healthcare.

The poorest people are three times more likely than the wealthiest to retire early because of ill-health: 39% of men and 31% of women compared with 6% of both sexes in the highest wealth quintile.

Although we are living far longer, a significant and increasing proportion of people are managing multiple health conditions and mobility problems from mid-life onwards, the report says. Of people aged 50 to 64, 23% have three or more long-term health conditions.

Meanwhile, the poorest men in society aged over 50 are three times more likely than the wealthiest to have chronic heart disease, two times more likely to have Type 2 diabetes, and two times more likely to have arthritis.

The report reveals that pensioner poverty is rising for the first time since 2010 and is more prevalent for women and black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups.

At least 1.3 million over-55s live in homes hazardous to their health and one in four 50- to 64 year-olds have three or more chronic health conditions.

The Centre for Ageing Better is calling on the government, businesses and charities to “rethink their approach and avoid storing up problems for the future”.

“This report is a wakeup call for us all – many people in their 50s and 60s now, particularly those who are less well-off, simply won’t get the quality of later life that they expect or deserve,” Dixon said.

“We must act now to add life to our years; to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to make the most of a longer life. Without radical action today to help people age well, we are storing up problems for the future and leaving millions at risk of poverty and poor health in later life.”
Schools have become " Fourth emergency service " for poorest families.

Survey by headteachers’ union finds food parcels, clothing and laundry facilities offered by schools.



Schools have become “an unofficial fourth emergency service” for vulnerable families across England and Wales, offering food parcels, clothing and laundry facilities to those worst affected by austerity, according to a new report by a headteachers’ union.

A majority of the 400 school leaders surveyed by the Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) said they were seeing a “rising tide” of poverty among their pupils, at a time when they were having to cut their own budgets and receiving less support from local councils.

Sarah Bone, headteacher of Headlands school, a comprehensive in Yorkshire’s East Riding, said: “We have far too many children with no heating in the home, no food in the cupboards, washing themselves with cold water, walking to school with holes in their shoes and trousers that are ill-fitted and completely worn out, and living on one hot meal a day provided at school.”

Other heads reported pupils with no winter coats, while others said they regularly had to buy shoes for their pupils.

“A decade of austerity has wreaked havoc with the social fabric of the nation and schools have been left to pick up the pieces while coping with real-term funding cuts,” said Geoff Barton, the ASCL’s general secretary.

“They have become an unofficial fourth emergency service for poor and vulnerable children, providing food and clothing and filling in the gaps left by cutbacks to local services.

“Politicians must end their fixation with Brexit and work together to build a new sense of social mission in our country. We simply must do better for struggling families and invest properly in our schools, colleges and other vital public services.”

Nearly all of the headteachers who responded to the survey said schools struggled to access local mental health services for pupils needing specialist care, which they attributed to both cuts in services and increased demand.

Nine out of 10 heads said they gave clothes to their most disadvantaged pupils, and nearly half said they washed clothes for pupils. More than 40% reported operating a food bank at the school or giving food parcels to pupils and their families.

One school leader commented: “In 24 years of education I have not seen the extent of poverty like this. Children are coming to school hungry, dirty and without the basics to set them up for life. The gap between those that have and those that do not is rising and is stark.”

Another teacher said some families had nowhere left to go for help: “We have seen an increase in the number of families needing support for basic human needs.”


Edward Conway, headteacher of St Michael’s Catholic high school in Watford, said: “Pupil poverty has increased significantly over the past eight years, with us providing food, clothing, equipment and securing funds from charitable organisations to provide essential items such as beds and fridges.”

The report comes as the ASCL meets for its annual conference in Birmingham, with Damian Hinds, the education secretary, addressing the headteachers on Friday.

Hinds will unveil a new strand in his efforts to make teaching more attractive, with a new expert panel to advise on teacher wellbeing headed by Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind.

“Like any really important job, teaching comes with its own challenges and, whilst rewarding, I don’t need to tell you how stressful it can be,” Hinds will tell the audience of around 1,000 school leaders.

Farmer said he welcomed Hinds’ support for wellbeing in the workplace. “Teaching staff do an incredibly important and demanding job, so employers need to support their staff so that they can come into work at their best,” he said.
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