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Jayne Dowle

Jayne Dowle: Millions driven into clutches of payday lenders

HAVE you ever taken out a payday loan? I haven’t, but you might be surprised who has.

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Should mental health specialists be based in every school?

Jayne Dowle: As a parent, I’d like to see a designated mental health specialist in every school

MY daughter comes home from school with a tale of woe almost every week. The issues her class-mates face would tax any adult. There is one girl who is in knots about her sexuality. Another who has tried to cut her own wrists because her home life is chaotic. And a boy with learning difficulties who once opted to lie down in the middle of the road to wait for a truck to run over him.

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Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon are engaged in a battle of wills over Scottish independence.

Jayne Dowle: Nicola Sturgeon’s referendum call – Is this about Scottish pride or just personal ambition?

I HAPPEN to be a supporter of Nicola Sturgeon. I admire the way this feisty 46-year-old clawed her way up from a childhood in Irvine as the daughter of an electrician, through university and law school to become the first woman to hold the post of Scotland’s First Minister.

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Theresa May and Philip Hammond are backtracking over tax.

Jayne Dowle: Budget tax grab a hammer blow for self-employed

IT’S not the fact that thousands of builders, management consultants and yes, freelance journalists, face a hike in their National Insurance bill that’s caused all the bother. It’s the principle of the thing.

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the possibility of new grammar schools featured in the Budget.

Jayne Dowle: Grammar vanity project will leave a generation behind

A “DISGUSTING” vanity project or a chance for every child to reach their full potential?

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Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Jayne Dowle: Time to think of families just about managing

AS Philip Hammond shuffles his red boxes ahead of Wednesday’s Budget, I hope he is thinking of families in Yorkshire.

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Vulnerable children deserve full protection from the law to stop paedophiles viewing indecent images on the internet.

Jayne Dowle: Police and NSPCC’s betrayal over child sex abuse images

JUST what is the world coming to? A leading police officer says that paedophiles who view indecent images of children should not be treated like criminals. Instead, those who don’t pose an actual physical threat to youngsters should be given counselling and rehabilitation instead of a prison sentence.

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Is Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a lost cause?

Jayne Dowle: Wake up, Labour, you are heading towards disaster

MANY questions will have been asked this weekend. I have just the one. Now will the Labour Party finally wake up and stop sleep-walking into disaster?

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Should teenagers know how to make their own bed? Columnist Jayne Dowle thinks so.

Jayne Dowle: It should not be a chore to expect our children to make their own beds

OUR Lizzie has returned from her first school residential with a proud badge of honour. She didn’t gain it for her new-found skills at archery, or her bravery on the zip-wire. It was because she was the only girl in her dormitory who knew how to make her own bed.

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A new exhibtion has opened in Barnsley charting cricket umpire Dickie Bird's career.

Jayne Dowle: Celebrate town, but don’t revert to stereotypes

PLEASE don’t send me hate mail. I have nothing against Dickie Bird personally. I met him once, when my children were small. He was very kind, kneeling down to their level and having a chat with them. I always like that about people.

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Would you recommend a medical career to your children?

Jayne Dowle: I don’t want my children to work in Jeremy Hunt’s NHS

WOULD you want your child to be a doctor or nurse in today’s NHS? Only a generation or two ago, this question would have been a no-brainer.

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Stations like Sheffield need better links to Manchester, argues Jayne Dowle.

Jayne Dowle: It’s time that we bridged the great Northern divide

LAST week I went to Manchester for work. From my front door, it’s only 30 miles to Piccadilly station. I’ve done the drive in less than an hour, late at night when there’s little traffic.

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Jayne Dowle: The doctor will see you now... but very briefly

HOW long should your family doctor spend listening to your health problems and diagnosing what might be wrong?

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The Queen marks her Sapphire Jubilee today.

Jayne Dowle: The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee – A royal rock which stands firm in a terrifying world

IF you are the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the world, time must hold a different quality. The rest of us rush about, working, dreaming of paying off the mortgage and fantasising about retirement.

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Should all schools have a sergeant major to impose discipline? Jayne Dowle makes the case.

Jayne Dowle: I salute the idea of a strict ‘sergeant major’ in schools

I’M thinking of applying for a job. There’s an opportunity at a school in North London for a “sergeant major”. My children say that I am highly-qualified for the role, so that’s my referees sorted out.

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Does the Government appreciate carers?

Jayne Dowle: Do they care about those looking after someone?

IT’S time the Government had another look at the precise meaning of the term “carer”. There are millions of people who look after family members and close friends without considering themselves such.

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One in 10 homes do not contain a single book.

Jayne Dowle: The sad puzzle of how family games and books died out

I ADMIT to a predilection for second-hand furniture, and my collection of random ornaments and china would fill a charity shop. Until now however, I had no idea I was living in a museum.

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Yorkshire Bank is under fire over the latest raft of branch closures.

Jayne Dowle: Weighing up statements on the future of banking

THE bosses at Yorkshire Bank say that a sharp increase in digital and mobile engagement is behind the decision to close 39 branches across the North of England.

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What will Theresa May's Brexit speech mean for towns like Barnsley?

Jayne Dowle: After phoney war, Brexit battle of Britain begins

DID you listen carefully to the Prime Minister’s long-awaited Brexit speech or were you too busy to take much notice? I suspect that many of us were so tied up with our daily lives that we didn’t have time to sit down and absorb every single word.

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First lady Michelle Obama hugs President Barack Obama after his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Jayne Dowle: So why did the audacity of hope just drain away under Barack Obama?

HER husband campaigned his way to power on a slogan of hope, yet Michelle Obama says that the country he has led for almost a decade has lost the very quality he promised to bring forth.

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