The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s poverty plan: spread it widely? | Editorial

Mr Johnson once thought ‘destitution on a Victorian scale’ might be a good thing. With Tory policies he may yet deliver such a dystopiaDid Boris Johnson watch Channel 4’s documentary Growing Up Poor? He should have. The film is a seminal moment in tele…

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Austerity has pushed families into crisis and then thrown away the lifelines | Richard Vize

Relentless cuts have put more children at risk of violence, poverty and homelessness, with no end in sight whatever politicians promiseDomestic violence, poverty, poor housing and substance abuse are driving a surge in children at risk, as austerity pu…

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Cannabis-based drug for childhood epilepsy approved for use in UK

Plant-derived Epidyolex is first medicine of its kind to be given green light by regulatorsThe first cannabis-based medicine for childhood epilepsy is expected to be available soon in the UK and the rest of Europe after its UK manufacturer, GW Pharmace…

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Big supermarkets still selling knives to children

Trading Standards test purchases found retailers failing to prevent sale of knives to children on 15% of occasionsChildren are still buying knives from big UK supermarkets including Tesco and Asda – despite retailers’ recent public pledges to toughen u…

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The west takes its eyes off Africa at its peril | Larry Elliott

The G7 thought it had solved Africa’s problems, but rising child poverty is a ticking time bombTime was when Africa dominated gatherings of the G7. In the period between two summits held in the UK – Birmingham in 1998 and Gleneagles in 2005 – the talk …

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Drug maker ‘will make $21bn from treating cystic fibrosis’

Vertex is accused of raking in vast profits while making Orkambi unaffordable to NHS A US company, which is refusing to drop its price for the life-changing cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi to make it affordable to NHS England, is set to make $21bn (£17bn)…

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