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DM Weekly Digest 24/11/2023

Thousands on disability benefits to lose extra £5,000 a year in Autumn Statement

An estimated 370,000 people with disabilities and chronic health conditions will be ineligible for incapacity benefits worth an extra £5,000 a year and forced to look for work under planned reforms unveiled by the chancellor in the autumn statement. Read more here.


Tax on period pants to be abolished in Autumn Statement

It follows a campaign by retailers, women's groups and environmentalists. Other period products such as pads and tampons have been exempt since 2021. Read more here.


Watchdog head ‘does not know’ if UK parliament is safe workspace for women

Meanwhile, since the last general election, 24 MPs have faced at least a one-day suspension, says former chair of Commons standards committee. Read more here.


Next year’s MOBO Awards are moving to Sheffield for the first time ever

“Prepare for an unmissable night of iconic performances and surprises as we celebrate artistic excellence,” promises Kanya King CBE of the MOBO Awards 2024. Read more here.


Conversion therapy ban tabled by Lib Dem peer

Baroness Burt has tabled a Private Members' Bill proposing a UK-wide ban, which will now be debated next year. It comes after the government left out a ban from last month's King's Speech - five years after first promising one. Read more here.


Thailand Cabinet approves marriage equality bill, submits it to parliament

Despite being known for its LGBTQ+-friendly attitudes, Thailand continues to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people by failing to legalise same-sex marriage. Read more here.


Spain's new cabinet keeps its record for more women than men

The move means Sanchez has maintained his record of having more women than men in his cabinet. In 2021 Sanchez put 14 women and eight men into ministerial positions, bringing female representation to 63.6%. Read more here.


Oxfordshire SEND: Boy with autism left without school for 18 months

A mother has said she feels her 12-year-old son with autism has been "forgotten" after being out of the education system for 18 months. Read more here.


How to decolonize your Thanksgiving dinner in observance of National day of Mourning

For many Indigenous communities, Thanksgiving remains a national day of mourning - a reminder of the genocide and displacement that occurred following European settler colonialism. Meredith Clark writes how we can centre decolonisation efforts in our Thanksgiving dinners this year. Read more here.


My Father’s Secrets review – Holocaust pain unlocked in Jewish coming-of-age tale

Animated feature, based on Michel Kichka’s autobiographical graphic novel, explores the legacy of genocide from a sideways angle. Read more here.