Child Poverty – Chance For Rosi Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:08:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Child Poverty – Chance For Rosi 32 32 Winter is coming – North East Bylines Sat, 25 Sep 2021 10:08:48 +0000
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October will be a month of terror for too many people in the UK. This is when six million of the poorest households will lose £ 20 per week due to reduced benefits. The Job Retention Scheme, better known as leave, is ending. In addition, the fixed cap comes from energy prices. Unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable people will be affected by the three strokes. Problems with fuel supplies, potential food shortages and Brexit will undoubtedly increase the rate of inflation. And it does not improve next spring.

Earlier this year, when the £ 20 benefit cut was to take place for the first time, there had been strong opposition from some backbench Tory MPs. Recent Cabinet changes, lots of strong guns by government whips, veiled threats of marginal seats not receiving ‘leveling’ funds (what we used to call the pork barrel policy), mean that this is the case. likely to pass, no matter how much Marcus Rashford and other activists continue to oppose. This has particular implications for the North East and child poverty.

The benefits are complex and unless we are trapped in their horrible world, we try to isolate and separate ourselves from it. So when we hear Therese Coffey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, claim that the £ 20 reduction in Universal Credit (UC) can be offset by claimants working two extra hours a week, it doesn’t seem to be. the case. Wrong. However, this indicates either enormous ignorance or a deliberate intention to deceive. Only two in five people who claim UC have a job; of those who are working, most will be paid the minimum wage of £ 8.91 (for those over 23) and even for those who are working, there is a reduction of 63 pence for every pound earned. There are also deductions for national insurance, income tax and pension contributions for some, as well as childcare costs. The Resolution Foundation has calculated that some job seekers would have to work nine extra hours a week to make up for the £ 20 reduction.

Devastating impact on the North East

Make no mistake, this cut will have a devastating impact here in the North East. The Northeast Child Poverty Commission noted that:

“Some 208,470 households in the region benefited from UC…. and that 162,478 children in our region live in families benefiting from UC ”(May 2021).

Research conducted by Loughborough University for the End Child Poverty Coalition found that the overall rate of child poverty in the North East increased by a third (from 26% to 37%) from 2015 to 2020, a times housing costs, and the North East has the second highest level of child poverty after London.

A study released last month by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation illustrates the impact on individual parliamentary constituencies. 21% of all working-age families will experience a reduction of £ 1,040 per year in their income from 6 October. They pretend :

“This cut will impose the largest overnight cut in the basic social security rate since the founding of the modern welfare state.”

Where I live in Newcastle Central there are 14,550 families receiving tax or work credits (WTC), half of which (7,280) have children. This means 31% of families in Newcastle Central claim UC or WTC. In the Northeast, 46% of all working-age families with children in the North will be affected by this reduction. The North East economy will need £ 5.36million per week.

The end of the leave plan

The leave plan ends September 30 and employers will have to make tough decisions about the future and viability of many jobs. Some companies were supported artificially throughout the leave. For others, rising costs, changing markets and external pressures mean that many jobs are no longer sustainable and cannot be sustained without external support.

Since March 2020, 11.6 million British workers have been put on leave due to Covid-19. In August 2021, that figure was 1.6 million people. The Office for National Statistics reports about 953,000 job openings from May to July 2021; a record. However, not all of the people who are made redundant will fit perfectly into one of these vacant roles. A study from the LSE Innovation and Outreach Program released in August 2021 noted that one million workers are employed at companies fearful of closure. Inevitably, some sectors are disproportionately affected by the impact of Covid-19, with the entertainment, retail and travel industries relying more on support on leave.

Rising prices and inflation

No one can have failed to predict the price increase with the energy cap changes on October 1, except the government apparently. However, the massive international increase in gas prices (although the UK has some of the highest gas market prices in Europe), the rapid collapse of small energy suppliers, the depletion of reserves of gas and the inability to rapidly develop green energy and invest in a sustainable home insulation program will result in an increase in energy costs of up to 40%. This price increase will plunge half a million more people into fuel poverty.

Over the past week, as the delivery driver crisis worsened, we have seen more empty shelves in supermarkets and inevitable shortages at some gas stations. All of these uncertainties will lead to higher inflation, at a time when our poorest households face significant benefit cuts. British inflation made its biggest jump ever recorded in August 2021 (3.2% in August against 2% in July). The wage freeze in the public sector (teachers, municipal staff, firefighters, civilian police services and armed forces) imposed in November 2020 on 1.3 million workers means for them a reduction during the year; while the 3% wage deal for NHS workers is more than wiped out by this jump in inflation.

People have been looking forward to a better future, but April 2022 will lead to a 1.25% increase in national employee insurance and a 1.25% increase in national employer insurance, a freeze on thresholds for income tax, the (temporary) removal of the triple pension lockdown and another review of the energy price cap.

Make no mistake, these are not an unrelated and unfortunate set of circumstances, but indicate the structural and political unrest within the UK government. It reacts separately to individual crises and refuses to recognize the links between the climate emergency, poverty and the impacts of Covid-19. It was the interventionist approaches where the state was forced to take measures, such as time off, that worked and provided protection.

It will be interesting to see how it all bounces back politically and will it be gasoline, rather than poverty or prices that will prove toxic to the current government?

But winter is coming and there will be too many people outside the castle walls.

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The Christian case of Biden’s plan to raise taxes for wealthy Americans Fri, 24 Sep 2021 23:01:57 +0000

Jesus taught that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” His words came to mind as I watched Jeff Bezos board his private spaceship in July. It now seems easier for a billionaire to get into space than it is for Congress to raise taxes on the rich.

This is not only good policy or good policy, it is also good Christian ethics.

Fortunately, Congress is now examining how to raise taxes on wealthy people and corporations to fund historic investments in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better program. This is not only good policy or good policy, it is also good Christian ethics.

Many Christians in the United States – and Americans at large – are in favor of raising taxes on the rich and on business, according to recent polls. According to an April Morning Consult / Politico poll, 60% of Christians who identify with themselves think high-income people pay too little tax, while 62% of Christians think companies pay too little tax. And 77% of Christians in the same poll agreed that the richest Americans should pay higher taxes, while 71% said the same about businesses. According to another poll conducted in the spring by Americans for Tax Fairness, 60% of Protestants and 68% of Catholics support raising taxes on the rich and corporate.

According to an August Navigator Research survey, some of the most popular provisions of Biden’s Build Back Better plan among Christians included extending Medicare to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage (84% support ); increase the wages of home care workers who help elderly, injured and disabled patients (76% support); and investing in clean energy infrastructure, such as solar panels and wind turbines (67% support).

Too often Christian politics boils down to abortion and same-sex marriage. This dynamic has always seemed strange to me, since Jesus never spoke about these subjects. However, the Gospels record him constantly speaking on economic justice. Drawing attention to Christian support for raising taxes and increasing spending on social programs helps reorient our public discourse toward the issues Jesus really cared about.

“For years tax-dodging corporations, the ultra-rich and an army of K Street lobbyists have rigged the tax code to prevent the privileged from paying their fair share of taxes,” Mary J. Novak, executive director of NETWORK Lobby. for Catholic social justice, said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the chasm between low-wage workers and the richest 1% has grown to unsustainable heights over the past decade – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. NETWORK joined a coalition of faith-based organizations with several members of Congress on Friday for a prayer vigil for a “holy restoration” in the reconciliation bill.

And on Wednesday, the Circle of Protection (a group of religious leaders who represent nearly 100 million American Christians) met with senior officials of the Biden administration at the White House to discuss economic justice. “The Bible is clear in its opposition to the concentration of wealth amid neglected human needs,” a public letter from the group said. Leaders specifically highlighted the need to expand the child tax credit, writing: “Making the full value of the child tax credit available to the poorest households has dramatically reduced child poverty, and we we all agree that this provision should be made permanent. . “

In addition to increased social spending to help American families, the Build Back Better program also contains major climate investments, which will hopefully put our nation on track for a sustainable future while creating millions of dollars. well-paying jobs that honor the dignity of work.

Funding investments to build back better is really a religious issue, as well as a political one. The moral imperative to act stems from the values ​​of fairness and support for the common good taught by the great religions of the world. What would Jesus want the richest among us to pay to finance the common good? The answer is probably much higher, but any attempt to rebalance the scales is good. The greed of a handful always limits the God-given dignity of the rest of us.

In his recent encyclical, Pope Francis wrote that after the pandemic “our worst response would be to delve even deeper into feverish consumerism and new forms of selfish self-preservation.” He also warned against “this dogma of the neoliberal faith” that “the seaside resort[s] to the magical theories of “overflow” or “runoff. , George Bush and Donald Trump. The trickle-down economy is the opposite of Christian teaching. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25 that the nations will be judged first and foremost for how they care about the most vulnerable.

If we can mobilize the political will to protect the most vulnerable people and the planet through bold investments in the common good, we can build a fairer country and economy for all. The resources are there for us to make these investments. It is no longer a question of having the moral courage to make the rich pay their fair share.

]]> 0 Grammy winner Kirk Franklin re-releases single “Lean on Me”, featuring young people from Compassion International Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:15:00 +0000

After a trip to Dominican Republic With Compassion in early 2020, Franklin felt called by God to use his talents, platform, and personal story to inspire young people around the world to pursue their own giving.

At the end of 2020, Compassion launched an appeal to young people in its field countries, where the ministry serves children in poverty, to participate in a virtual choir. Franklin originally planned to select winners from each country to participate in the choir, but after reviewing the videos submitted by the young people, he was so moved by their talent and passion that he chose everyone who auditioned to participate in the project.

Franklin shares: “It has been such an honor to work with so many young, talented and gifted people from all over the world! I am grateful to the Compassion International team for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity. “

During the virtual sessions, Franklin provided vocal coaching, answered questions about his music life and career, and even taught the group some dance moves.

Yshara, 11 years old, from The Philippines says she enjoyed the whole process. “I’m very excited to be a part of the youth choir, to show everyone my singing skills and to be with other singers from different places.” She says her favorite part of working with Franklin was hearing about her life experience and getting better as a singer.

Maria, 18, from Nicaragua adds, “My favorite part was hearing Kirk’s testimony and his words of motivation and inspiration – that if you can dream something, you can achieve it in Jesus Christ.”

“I am extremely happy to be selected,” says Kakama, 18, from Uganda. Born without arms, Kakama began to realize that he was gifted with music at the age of 16. “I feel that God has blessed me so much, beyond what words can explain.”

The clip for the reissue of “Lean on Me,” featuring the Compassion Youth Choir, can be viewed at or on YouTube.

Franklin concludes, “It’s amazing that a song like this still resonates with so many people. I pray that this version gives some hope to people all over the world.”

Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records and Franklin will donate the proceeds from sales and streams of the song to Compassion. Click here to download or stream “Lean on Me” with the Compassion Youth Choir.

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About Compassion International
Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to free children from poverty in Jesus name. Founded in 1952, Compassion partners with more than 8,000 local churches in 25 program countries to provide spiritual, economic, social and physical care to more than two million infants, children and young adults in poverty. Ranked # 8 on Forbes’ Best Charities 2020 list, Compassion is a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records
Fo Yo Soul Entertainment is a full-service entertainment company based in Dallas, Texas, United States. Created by recording artist Kirk franklin in 2004, Fo Yo Soul Entertainment included Fo Yo Soul Recordings, Fo Yo Soul Productions and The Franklin Imagine Group.

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UNICEF: Haitian children vulnerable to “violence, poverty and displacement” | Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:18:30 +0000

“When children and families are returned without adequate protection, they find themselves even more vulnerable to violence, poverty and displacement – factors that pushed them to migrate in the first place,” said Executive Director Henrietta Fore .

A stony road

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has long been plagued by poverty, civil unrest, and political and economic instability.

Children should never be returned to situations where their safety and basic well-being are threatened – head of UNICEF

Last month, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocked the country, devastating lives, destroying markets, roads and irrigation systems. And just days after the seismic event, Tropical Storm Grace intensified the suffering with additional damage.

Wanting to ensure a better life, thousands of Haitians – many of whom have lived outside their home countries for years – fled to Mexico in the hope of entering the United States.

They were faced with a show of force from border officials in Texas, with scenes broadcast around the world of mounted officers violently surrounding migrants, evoking tactics widely used in the slave-era South. .

On Thursday morning, the US special envoy for Haiti resigned to protest the expulsion of Haitian migrants by plane from the border area, a process that began last weekend, after more than 13,000 migrants gathered and have set up their camp, under a bridge.

UNICEF urged the authorities to “refrain from any use of force at borders, to keep families together and to properly assess the protection needs of migrants before any return decision”.

Children should never be returned to situations where their safety and basic well-being are threatened», Declared the UN agency.


Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, where many people are forced to live on handouts from humanitarian agencies.

Early assessments

Initial assessments in Mexico and Haiti suggest that many children under the age of 10 were either born outside Haiti or have lived most of their lives in another country.

Focusing on Haitian migrant families encamped in the border town of Del Rio in southwest Texas, UNICEF estimated that around 40% were children who “live in overcrowded and inadequate conditions and are in need of support.” basic humanitarian support ”.

Reports have indicated that more than 1,400 Haitians have been expelled from the region since the start of the deportations.

Children must “pass it all”

Meanwhile, UNICEF continues to work to ensure children and families receive basic assistance, including in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, where it will help with child protection services and provide clean water. , hygiene kits, portable toilets and hand washing stations.

In Haiti, the agency coordinates with national authorities and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide repatriated children with psychosocial support, protection services and school supplies.

But more support is needed to provide these families with the life-saving help they need.

The best interests of the children must take precedence over all other considerations”, Underlined the head of UNICEF.

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Gordon Brown: The “Vindictive and Indefensible” Universal Credit Cut | Universal credit Thu, 23 Sep 2021 03:37:00 +0000

Gordon Brown called the government’s decision to cut universal credit by £ 20 a week as the most “socially divisive and morally indefensible” policy he has witnessed in British politics, saying it was being pursued with open disregard for it. its impact.

In an impassioned commentary for the Guardian, the former prime minister said next month’s cut showed ministers had in fact given up any pretext to try to tackle poverty, calling it “vindictive even beyond that. austerity “.

“I have never seen a government act so ruthlessly and with so little concern for the consequences of its actions on the poorest in our society,” Brown wrote.

“The ministers have not published any studies to explain their cut; offered no justification, for example, for falling poverty figures (they are in fact increasing); and offered only one pretext, a disposable claim of the Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey, that benefit recipients could simply work more.

Charities and others have warned that removing the £ 20 ‘statement’ of weekly UC payments, introduced due to the coronavirus crisis, would push hundreds of thousands of families into poverty, with conditions exacerbated by factors such as rising fuel costs.

“There is, of course, never a good time to cut Social Security benefits,” Brown wrote. “But with the world hanging on the brink of an economic precipice, the price of basic commodities – food and energy – threatening to skyrocket and 30,000 cases of Covid-19 a day, lives and livelihoods are still in play, at this point, the government’s planned £ 20 per week cut to universal credit in October seems more economically illogical, socially confrontational and morally indefensible than anything I have witnessed in the politics of this country .

A total of £ 20 a week was “often the difference between having breakfast and starting the day hungry,” said Brown, citing the efforts of footballer and anti-poverty activist Marcus Rashford. “Energy poverty will force a choice between eating and heating. “

The welfare state, he added, “no longer even tried to respect” its founding principles of abolishing misery, misery, disease, ignorance and idleness.

He wrote: “Social Security, as promised at the time, will no longer remove the fear – and the shame – of need. I can tell ministers from experience that hope is destroyed in the places they never deign to visit and that there is despair in the faces they never see.

Rather than level up, Brown wrote, the government was “doubling down on a losing formula that makes no economic sense.”

He called for an end to the more punitive aspects of the social security system, such as the small amounts adults can earn before their UC payments are lowered, the wait for payments and the two-child limit for many. benefits.

“Twenty years ago, we promised to end child poverty within a generation,” Brown wrote. “Now all we can do is offer charity to avoid misery.

“Rashford spoke for millions of people when he said his community had few material possessions, but what they lacked in money they had out of compassion for one another. And that is what they will now have to rely on: the poor having to come to the aid of the poorest; and all people of conscience and decency, from local businesses to national charities, are mobilizing to fill the void of empathy and moral fiber that this government has opened. “

]]> 0 The incredible influence of Marcus Rashford means he will be taught in the GCSE course Wed, 22 Sep 2021 06:42:03 +0000

Marcus Rashford’s use of social media as part of his hugely influential campaigns will be taught to children as part of a GCSE course, it was announced.

The country’s largest examining board, AQA, has added the Manchester United and England star to its GCSE media studies program.

Young people will not only explore his use of social media “as a way to influence and engage”, but will also have the chance to delve deeper into the social issues he campaigned on, such as anti-racism, anti-racism, child poverty and child rearing, they said.

Rashford, who has 11.8 million followers on Instagram, 8.7 million on Facebook and five million on Twitter, has successfully used social media to promote his campaigns on food poverty, homelessness and children’s books , and forced the government to turn back on food stamps during the school holidays.

He has also been praised for his comments and response to the racist abuse he and other black England footballers have received after the Euro 2020 final this summer.

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And last year he encouraged many individuals and businesses to participate in fundraisers and direct actions to help those in need, receiving an MBE for vulnerable children services in the UK in stronger from the pandemic.

He became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times donor list after helping raise £ 20million for the food charity FareShare.

Marcus Rashford and his campaign using social media will be taught as part of AQA’s GCSE Media Studies program

The AQA says its inclusion is part of its “commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion”.

They are currently in the process of establishing an expert panel to help review and advise on representation in the curriculum.

Teaching on the subject will begin in September with the first exam assessments in 2023.

Other new additions during this year include the Marvel Universe’s Black Widow, the Kiss Radio Breakfast Show, Heat magazine and the “His Dark Materials” television series based on the novels by Sir Philip Pullman.

Sandra Allan, Head of Creative Arts Studies Program at AQA, said: “I am really excited about the changes we have made – they are engaging and relevant and will inspire and motivate.

“Marcus Rashford is one of the most influential and inspiring young people in the UK. So students can learn a lot from the way he uses social media to make a real impact. It’s not just an opportunity for them to learn more about social media – it’s also a great way to learn more about important social and racial issues as part of our commitment to social media. equality, diversity and inclusion in the program.

“Media Studies is a contemporary and interactive subject that encourages students to develop their creative, analytical, research and communication skills, exploring a range of media forms and perspectives.

“There has never been a better time to become a media studies student. “

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GCSE Media Studies Students To Study Footballer Marcus Rashford as a result of his charitable work and his stand against racism.

The AQA exam board added Rashford to this month’s schedule following his influence on social issues during the pandemic.

The new addition to the GCSE course is part of the Examination Board’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

AQA is also setting up an expert group to consider representation in the program and evaluation.

Rashford has launched a campaign to persuade the government to provide free meals to vulnerable students in England during school holidays during the pandemic, forcing a series of government U-turns.

In May, the 23-year-old highlighted the torrent of racist messages he had received on social media after Manchester United’s final defeat in the Europa League.

Following his campaign to feed school children, a mural in honor of Marcus Rashford was produced in Manchester.

In July, Rashford said he was sorry for his missed penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy, but said he would “never apologize” for who he was. is after he suffered racist abuse on social media.

Rashford has successfully used social media to promote his campaigns on child food poverty, as well as to ensure all students have access to the books.

He became the youngest to topped the Sunday Times donation list by raising £ 20million in donations supermarkets for groups fighting against child poverty.

Rashford, who himself received free school meals, was named MBE in the delayed 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honors list.

It is hoped that the inclusion of the footballer in the course will allow students to study his use of social media as a means of influence, but it will also allow them to learn more about the social and racial issues that he raises.

Other additions to the course include Black Widow from the Marvel Universe, the Kiss Radio Breakfast Show, Heat magazine, and the His Dark Materials TV series based on the novels by Sir Philip Pullman.

Sandra Allan, Curriculum Manager for Creative Arts at AQA, said: “I am really excited about the changes we have made – they are engaging and relevant and will inspire and motivate.

“Marcus Rashford is one of the most influential and inspiring young people in the UK. So students can learn a lot from the way he uses social media to make a real impact.

“It’s not just an opportunity for them to learn more about social media – it’s also a great way to learn more about important social and racial issues as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the program. “

She added, “There has never been a better time to become a media studies student.”

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Greens candidate looks to undecided voters in German leadership race Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:25:00 +0000 German chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock and co-leader of the German Alliance 90 / The Greens party speaks at a party congress event in Berlin, Germany, September 19, 2021. REUTERS / Michele Tantussi / File Photo

BERLIN, September 21 (Reuters) – Annalena Baerbock was once the one to beat in the race to become German Chancellor, winning over voters with her promise of a climate-friendly “fresh start” after 16 years of Tory rule.

But months after briefly reaching the top of opinion polls, the Greens candidate for Angela Merkel’s succession has become an underdog in Sunday’s national elections.

Bearbock’s campaign failed after plagiarism accusations she dismissed, inaccuracies in her resume and a scandal over an undeclared bonus payout, and her hopes of victory rest largely on winning over undecided voters .

The Greens are now following both Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats in opinion polls. Read more

The social democrat Olaf Scholz and the conservative Armin Laschet put forward their governmental experience and their parties are part of a “Grand Coalition” in power. Read more

Baerbock, 40, targets voters looking for more than continuity and stability, and says there are two choices for voters.

“It’s more the same with the Grand Coalition, and it doesn’t matter whether Olaf Scholz or Armin Laschet are in the chancellery, or do we want a good new start, a government that is green and that is what we are against. we will fight until the very last minute because time is running out? ” she said at a recent rally.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and member of the German parliament since 2013, Baerbock struck a chord with young voters with her uncompromising push for a greener and more sustainable politics and economy.

Co-leader of the Greens since 2018, she represents the eastern state of Brandenburg in the Bundestag where she focused on climate policy, economic affairs, energy and child poverty and was involved in the exit from the ‘Germany coal.

Reporting by Tanya Wood and Lena Toepler, written by Tomasz Janowski, edited by Timothy Heritage

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Self-Injury in Children and Adolescents by Ethnicity: An Observational Cohort Study from the England Multicenter Self-Injury Study Mon, 20 Sep 2021 22:33:33 +0000


Studies report an increasing incidence of self-harm in children and adolescents, but the extent to which this is observed in different ethnic groups is unclear. Our objective was to study the rates of emergency department referrals for self-harm among children and adolescents by ethnicity, as well as to examine their demographic characteristics, clinical characteristics and outcomes.


In this observational cohort study, we used data on hospital emergency department referrals for self-injury in children and adolescents aged 10 to 19 years between 2000 and 2016 from the Multi-Center Self-Injury Study in England. This study collects data from five general hospitals in Manchester, Oxford and Derby in the UK, and defines self-injury as any act of intentional self-injury or self-poisoning, regardless of intention. All children and adolescents aged 10-19 years for whom data on ethnicity were available were included. Mortality tracking was available by linkage to Office for National Statistics mortality records. Self-injury rates over time, demographic and clinical characteristics, and self-injury methods were studied by ethnic group. The risk of repeated self-injury and mortality following a first presentation of self-injury was compared by ethnic group using Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox proportional hazards models.


Of 14,894 people who presented to hospitals for self-harm, 11,906 had data on ethnicity, of which 10,211 (85.8%) were white, 344 (2.9%) were black, 619 (5.2%) were South Asian and 732 (6.1%) were other non-whites. Self-harm rates were highest among white children and adolescents, but increased between 2009 and 2016 across all ethnicities. The average annual rates of self-harm per 100,000 population were 574 for whites, 225 for blacks, 260 for South Asians, and 344 for other non-white groups. Increases in self-injury rates between 2009 and 2016 appeared to be slightly higher in black groups (incidence rate ratio of 1.07 [95% CI 1·03–1·11]), South Asian groups (1.05 [1·01–1·09]) and other non-white groups (1 11 [1·06–1·16]) than in white groups (1 02 [1·00–1·03]). Children and adolescents from an ethnic minority were more likely to live in severely disadvantaged areas and were less likely to receive specialized psychosocial assessment than white children and adolescents. Children and adolescents from ethnic minority groups were also less likely to self-harm. However, there were no differences in suicide mortality by ethnic group, although the numbers were small.


Children and adolescents from ethnic minorities accounted for an increased proportion of hospital self-harm presentations over time compared to white ethnic groups. Ethnic minority groups also tended to be more socio-economically disadvantaged and were less likely to receive a psychosocial assessment. Socioeconomic disparities must be addressed and equitable access to comprehensive and culturally appropriate psychosocial assessments must be ensured.


UK Department of Health and Welfare.

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New York Lawmakers Launch Listening Tour to Upstate Cities | New Mon, 20 Sep 2021 12:31:45 +0000

While New York City is getting a lot of attention as a great place to live and work, other smaller cities in New York State don’t have the same reputation. Lawmakers want to see this change.

The State Senate is launching a bipartisan listening tour next week to hear what local officials, residents and other stakeholders think they can do to boost New York’s midsize cities.

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  • State Senator Jeremy Cooney

Sen. Jeremy Cooney, a Democrat from Rochester who chairs what’s known as Cities Committee 2, will kick off the tour Monday in Albany and also visit seven other cities over the next two weeks.

And unlike other initiatives in the Legislature, Cooney says he’s invited Republicans, who sit in the minority in the Senate, to join him on the tour. Republican Ed Rath, whose district extends as far as Rochester, is another member of the Cities 2 Committee.

It’s part of an effort by Cooney and colleagues to identify ways the state could help these cities thrive and become more attractive to new residents after years of decline – and then turn those ideas into plans for law that could be considered by the entire legislature.

“I think what we’ve noticed, and what we’ve observed, is a constant divestment from cities by New York State over the decades,” Cooney said in an interview with New York NOW.

Over the past decade, New York City’s population has grown by about 7.7 percent, according to data from the US Census Bureau. The population of the state as a whole, meanwhile, grew by about 4.2%, meaning that the statewide rise relied heavily on the city’s growth. .

Data from the 2020 census showed Rochester was now the fourth largest city in the state, behind Buffalo and Yonkers, the latter exceeding Rochester in population. Flower City’s population grew to 211,328 people in 2020 from 210,674 in 2010, a gain of 654, according to the Census Bureau. It was the first time since 1950 that the decennial census showed a growth and not a decrease in the population in the city.

Due to the state’s weak ability to retain and attract residents, New York City lost a seat in Congress this year to another state with stronger population growth.

Lawmakers don’t want this to happen again. But, more importantly, they want the rest of New York City to be as appealing as the Five Boroughs, both to tourists and to people looking for a place to relocate.

“We know New York City has no problem attracting and retaining people,” Cooney said. “To me it’s, could we economically incent recent college graduates or graduate students, tech entrepreneurs who might not want to live in northern California where the cost of living is so high? “

One area Cooney plans to focus on is how to lift more children out of poverty in small towns in New York City. In 2019, about 18% of New York City children lived in poverty, and several of the state’s counties with mid-size cities exceeded that rate, according to the Census Bureau.

“We know that many of these cities, because of this systemic divestment from the state, have high concentrations of child and family poverty,” Cooney said. “There is an opportunity to learn and to make these investments and to right these wrongs so that all New Yorkers can benefit.”

The stop in Rochester is scheduled for September 29 in the City Council Chamber from 9 a.m.

Dan Clark is a host and producer at New York NOW.

Jeremy Moule, editor-in-chief of CITY, contributed to this report. He can be contacted at

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