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Teresa May faces criticism after launching her 84 page manifesto this week. The PM has been accused of neglecting the NHS and social care crisis, leaving the future funding in these areas in doubt. The key message in the manifesto promises to provide "strong and stable leadership through Brexit and beyond" and a "declaration of intent" to tackle the "giant challenges" facing Britain over the coming decade. At a glance, the key policies in the manifesto include increases in NHS spending (£8bn extra per year by 2022/23), raising the cost of the care threshold from £23,000 to £100,000, putting an extra £4bn into schools by 2022, scrapping the triple-lock on the state pension after 2020, and increasing the amount levied on firms employing non-EU migrant workers. May has faced criticism from a number of opposing parties since releasing the manifesto. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, accused the PM of betraying pensioners. He said: "She is hitting older people with a classic nasty party triple whammy: Scrapping the triple lock on pensions, removing the Winter Fuel Allowance and forcing those who need social care to pay for it with their homes.” (Source: The Independent)

Sterling has risen up 6.5% since the start of 2017; hitting the $1.30 mark for the first time since September 2017.
Weaknesses in US currency have stemmed from political uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration. This combined with a huge boom in the UK’s retail market have helped move things along, resulting in Sterling reaching its highest level yesterday. However, this rise did not last long, with traders selling off the pound to leave it at an overall loss. Sterling is still trading around 12.5% lower since before June’s Brexit vote, after which it tumbled to a more than three-decade low. The pound has gained against the euro following strong UK sales data. In the last 12 hours the exchange rate has gone from €1.16144 to €1.17254 to the pound. (Source: The Express)

Instagram has the worst impact on young people’s mental health
. In a survey carried out by #StatusofMind, 1,479 people aged 14 to 24 were asked to score each of the social media platforms based on the impact they had on important issues in their lives. Among the issues addressed were topics such as mental health, socialisation and community relationships. The survey found that Instagram ranked the lowest, with respondents feeling that the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on their body image, sleep and fear of missing out. However, there were positive impacts, with a high number of young people feeling that Instagram helped them in terms of self expression and self identity. Social media platform Youtube had the highest positive ranking, followed by Twitter, and Facebook and Snapchat were third and fourth respectively. Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health Shirley Cramer commented on the survey, saying : "Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people's mental health issues. Cramer continued – “It's interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing - both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people.” (Source; The Telegraph)
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