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Digital switchover ‘has hit licence fee payers’

Britain’s 2012 switchover from analogue to digital television has hit licence fee payers in the wallet, a new report says. The report, by the public accounts committee, criticised the government for the way in which it funds the public awareness campaign. It passed responsibility for public awareness to the BBC, setting aside £803 million of… Read more »

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Curriculum Bill passes stage one in Senedd

A Bill that will make religious education in Wales fully inclusive of humanism has passed the first stage before becoming law. Wales Humanists – which has long campaigned for this change – has strongly welcomed the news, saying the Bill will make Wales ‘a world-leader in inclusive education’. Following a debate, Senedd members today voted… Read more »

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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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MPs unhappy with BBC scrutiny

Scrutiny of the BBC’s finances is not as independent as it should be, MPs have said. The Commons’ public accounts committee made the claim because the BBC is the only publicly-funded institution which decides which areas of spending are scrutinised by the National Audit Office. The BBC Trust’s ability to decide means the broadcaster “remains… Read more »