Railway Ticket Offices to Stay Open
Plans to close hundreds of rail ticket offices in England have been scrapped.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said the government had asked train operators to withdraw their proposals because they failed to meet high passenger standards.
Railway ticket offices to stay open! A victory for protesters! Hooray!!— Joan Bakewell (@JDBakewell) October 31, 2023
Are you ready for the Telephone Network Upgrade?
The UK’s telephone network is being upgraded, which means that landline services are changing. You can still have a landline in your home, but the technology that powers it will be different. For most, switching over will be straightforward, but some people may need new equipment or support to make the changes.
The National Pensioners Convention is campaigning against Palantir having NHS data
They are calling for the UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay to Stop Palantir’s NHS data takeover:
- Cancel the plan to hand a £480 million, multi-year contract to US spy tech corporation Palantir.
- Go back to the drawing board – design an NHS data platform we can trust, which keeps the NHS public, respects patient choice, and protects privacy.
With 25% of women currently undecided, women’s votes will swing the next general election
A quarter of women are currently undecided on how they will vote at the next election compared to only 11% of men, according to polling conducted by YouGov for the Women’s Budget Group. The polling also found that women with caring responsibilities were more than twice as likely to name childcare or social care as one of their top three priorities than the average voter.
🗳️📢New briefing: How women will shape the general election. Our new polling conducted by @YouGov reveals that 25% of women are undecided on how they will vote at the next election compared to only 11% of men. This should make parties sit up and notice🧵https://t.co/zR4i9eg81y— Women's Budget Group (@WomensBudgetGrp) October 25, 2023
Sex and Gender
For Women Scotland has lost its appeal on the definition of ‘Woman’. ‘Transwomen’ who have a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) will be legally classed as Women and have the presumptive right to use services intended for the opposite sex.
"Ultimately, despite the madness of finding that a piece of paper can override biology, sanity can be glimpsed in the ruling. Not only will it benefit the UK government’s legal argument for the blocking of the Scottish GRR, the judgment could finally offer service providers the… https://t.co/SQuqrtSJ4w— For Women Scotland (@ForWomenScot) November 3, 2023