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MIDWEEK MINDSET: Conversion therapy set to be banned by the UK government

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Publication date: July 4, 2018 Author: Jenna Rachid

Conversion therapy set to be banned by the UK government

Conversion therapies are set to be banned by the government in an effort to improve the lives of the LGBT community, following a national survey.

The survey of 108,000 members of the LGBT community found 2% of those asked had undergone the process, whilst 5% had been offered it.

Speaking to BBC radio 4, Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, said: ‘This is very extreme so-called therapy that is there to try and ‘cure’ someone from being gay – of course you can’t cure someone from being gay. In its most extreme form it can involve corrective rape.’

‘It’s absolutely right that that abhorrent practice has to go,’ she told the radio show.

Over two thirds, 68%, of same-sex couples said they avoid holding hands in public for fear of negative reactions, whilst 40% of those surveyed have experience LGBT hate incidents.

Following the news, Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of LGBT rights group Stonewall, said she was pleased the government was listening to the LGBT community, but added that there is ‘a long way to go until we reach full equality,’ the BBC reports.

The announcement comes ahead of the parliamentary launch of the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion therapy in the UK, of which UKCP is a signatory.

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Report shows one in ten households are living in fuel poverty

A new report suggests one in ten families in the UK face fuel poverty, which is said to be affecting the mental health of those living on the breadline.

According to The Independent, a government report said over two-and-a-half million families in 2016 could not keep up with the costs of heating their homes, a significant increase from the 69,000 in fuel poverty in 2015.

‘We know that fuel poverty not only has a detrimental effect on health, but it increases the risk of mental health problems and impacts children’s education,’ co-leader of the Green Party, Amelia Womack said.

Single parent households are reported to be the worst affected, with 26.4% unable to afford bills, whilst 15% of two-parent households are also living in fuel poverty, government statistics show.

Womack said the government needs to launch a national scheme to allow people to heat their homes.

‘These measures should be backed up by a genuine living wage which gives people what they really need to survive in Britain today,’ she added.

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