Daily Archives: January 4, 2013

Kate Allen

The TUC’s poll on public support for the government’s changes to the benefit system is picking up some media coverage today. The union body’s top line is that those most opposed to benefits are also the most poorly-informed. “Those who know the least oppose them the most”, for example. But there is also some interesting detail that exposes a clear class divide.

On behalf of the TUC, YouGov asked 1,805 people a series of detailed questions about the nature and scale of welfare benefits, and presented the data by age, class, region and voting intention. The findings given here are an edited version of those answers, to highlight the key class differences.

TUC welfare benefits poll December 2012

(click here to see the chart). Read more

Kate Allen

2012 was the UK’s second-wettest year on record, according to full-year data from the Met Office. Four of the five wettest years on record have happened since 2000, and “extreme rainfall events” in particular are becoming more common, the agency’s meteorologists say.

This isn’t just a British trend. Natural disasters are on the rise worldwide – and the increase is being driven by water-related events. Read more