Is it time we end the institutionalised discrimination and let Gays give blood? A small victory, but still not far enough. We spoke to Michael Ward, a student at the University of Westminster and asked him about his experience when he tried to give blood in his hometown. https://youtu.be/FA9rXc1Qu1s Today, Friday December 1st marks world HIV day, and also today twice as many people in the UK have HIV than ten years ago. We may feel like HIV is a disease reserved to the 80’s - people with drug addictions and poorer parts of the world, however the disease remains one of the greatest killers for under thirty year olds in Britain and the social taboo around people living with HIV and AIDS keeps the disease rife within our communities. If we spoke more about H
Thousands of #FreeEdNow students marched through central London yesterday to demand free education for all - paid by taxing the rich. The demonstration follows a decision by Theresa May, to freeze university tuition fees to a maximum of £9,250. Last year, parliament raised fees by an extra £250, ignoring the original cap of £9,000. Why do students want to scrap fees? Graduates in the UK have the highest student debt in the world. Students will graduate with average debts of over 50,800 - according to an IFS report. This includes students from poor backgrounds who will have loans to support them. Rhiannon Lockley, a university lecturer speaking at the demo says: “I’ve worked as a further education lecturer for 12-years, I’ve been privileged to share the journey of h
Despite international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, results show that pollution is, in fact, increasing. With the UN Climate Change Conference just around the corner, Voice of London evaluates why the efforts in tackling climate change are having so little effect. It is a sad time for the greens. This week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that 44 cities in the UK have pollutions levels so high it is dangerous for people to breath. According to the WHO, exposure to dirty particles should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic metre of air. London air presented 15 micrograms. The situation is indeed worrying as pollution in London is estimated to be responsible for 9,000 deaths every year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been working on strategies to reduce veh
We all know how annoying changing your details for your bank, passport, or GP can be. Turns out when you're trans and you change your legal gender, the government delays your benefits. Many people are aware of the hurdles transgender people have to jump socially and medically. A poll by YouGov in 2015 even stated that 20% of Londoners would not support their child if they came out as trans. However, most are unaware of the administrative difficulties trans people can face. Changing the name and gender marker on their passport, bank account and NHS records can be time consuming and expensive. Transgender people have been in the spotlight for a while, especially since high profile celebrities such as comedian and London Mayoral candidate, Eddie Izzard came out. Tristan Jones,...