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Understanding Mental Health

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by John Milnes-Smith and Stephanie Putsch  “I HAD MY MENTAL breakdown in October. It is now March. With LSE counselling services, I have had just four counselling sessions in five months. It seems almost irrelevant that LSE counselling services cap the counselling contact at six sessions as it is a challenge to even book six appointments across a whole academic year…” WITH ONE IN FOUR in the UK suffering from mental…

The Emporer’s New Car(s)

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Written by Cameron Dawbarn, A focused look at the dangers a new class of asset backed securities pose to the economy If you’d asked financial regulators in 2008 what single financial instrument they’d wished had never been created, they would probably angrily suggest the dreaded MBS [Mortgage Backed Securities]. But yet, once again, it appears they’re coming back to haunt markets. This time, in the reincarnation of Automobile Loan Backed…

The Bill We’re All Paying For

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Written by Ella Baggaley Simpson,  The housing bill will have disastrous effects on an already dire situation It is the bill that is supposed to “transform generation rent into generation buy” and go some way to correcting our polarised housing market. Currently, any would-be homebuyer earning the national average of £26,500 will find 91% of England and Wales out of their reach. The system is badly broken; with those unable…

Discussing Homelessnesss

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Written by Phoebe Ward Homelessness is on the rise, but our framing of the problem betrays our prejudices A recent spate of deaths by crushing has thrown the problem of homelessness into sharp relief, with waste company Biffa recently giving out health and safety advice and training to its binmen. There are few images more evocative than that of a human life being destroyed as a result of sleeping in…

Back to the Fiscal?

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Written by Henry Mitchell, What John McDonnell’s decision to recentring of the debate on fiscal prudence means This week the Labour Party announced their new ‘fiscal credibility rule’ in what many see as a response to the Conservative Party’s ‘Fiscal Charter’ which passed through Commons last October. In keeping with the current rhetoric on both sides of the house, the rule seeks to regain economic credibility and achieve fiscal consolidation. In…

Adblock: The War on Adverts

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Written by Gil Caldwell-Dun, Adblocking improves the individual’s experience – at what cost? The journalism industry is on course for a digital future. Evident from The Independent’s recent movement to end print production, having an online presence is arguably more important than ever, and the advertising that provides such a significant amount of revenue to the industry has to move with the times and adapt to existing predominantly online. However,…

The Emperor’s New Car

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If you’d asked financial regulators in 2008 what single financial instrument they wished had never been created, they would probably angrily suggest the dreaded MBS [Mortgage Backed Securities]. But yet, once again, it appears they’re coming back to haunt markets. This time, in the reincarnation of Automobile Loan Backed Securities. Put on your seatbelt – the end is coming. To set the scene, some clarification is needed. MBS are one…

A Pot-Benefit Analysis

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Written by Gil Caldwell-Dunn The effect that legislation of marijuana has had, and will have, on the environment Currently medically legal in 23 states, marijuana has been at the epicentre of the lengthy debate on the War on Drugs for several decades now. The US marijuana industry is booming; with the existence of countless studies demonstrating it’s numerous health benefits, as well as recognition of the sizeable potential tax revenue…

Osborne’s Not Budging on the Budget

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Written by Rory Coutts Attempting to see what the Chancellor will be delivering in his next, all important, budget There is a lot riding on the budget, set to be announced on the 16th of March, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer had better be sure he’s got it right, as 2016 is set to be a bumpy ride. George Osbourne’s plan for the year is likely to set a…

University: What is Fee-sible?

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Written by Ramone Bedi Tuition Fees should be increased – but so should support for students Oxford University’s former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton, believes that the cap on tuition fees for domestic students should be increased to reflect the true cost of an undergraduate degree, which he says is £16,000 per year for Oxford. The majority of students think that the threshold is too high, and that higher education should…