Podcast

The Week Unwrapped: Forced labour, virtual bailiffs and Cumbrian coal

Are British companies doing enough about modern slavery? How can we regulate digital repossessions? And why are we still opening new coal mines?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.

To get six free issues of The Week magazine and a moleskine notebook visit theweek.co.uk/offer and enter promo code: pod25

In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Importing slavery

UK companies will face fines for buying goods linked to Chinese forced labour camps under new government plans. But campaigners are warning that modern slavery is also rampant in Britain, as three victims who were subcontracted to work for Biffa prepare to sue the recycling firm for damages. So how can businesses help tackle the growing problem - and is enough being done?

Virtual bailiffs

A court ruling has opened up the possibility that bailiffs can now take possession of goods without visiting the home of the person who has fallen into debt. Instead, they can survey and value the property by video call. Some campaigners have welcomed this as a first step towards reforming a system which can be traumatic for many who find themselves drawn into it - while others have questioned whether it will work.

Cumbrian coal

The UK government has declined to intervene after Cumbria council granted permission for the development of a new coal mine. Environmentalists say the decision undermines UK efforts to secure a deal on carbon-reduction - and makes a mockery of the government’s commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

You can subscribe to The Week Unwrapped on the Global PlayerApple podcastsSoundCloud or wherever you get you get your podcasts.

Recommended

Crackdown in Tunisia: the death of a young democracy?
Tunisian President Kais Saied
In Brief

Crackdown in Tunisia: the death of a young democracy?

Woman hits jackpot after flight cancelled
A plane coming in to land
Tall Tales

Woman hits jackpot after flight cancelled

‘French reconnection’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘French reconnection’

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 5 August 2021
10 Downing Street
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: 5 August 2021

Popular articles

Does the Tokyo Olympics branding amount to cultural appropriation?
BBC Tokyo Olympics trailer
Expert’s view

Does the Tokyo Olympics branding amount to cultural appropriation?

High jumping for joy: an iconic act of sportsmanship in Tokyo
Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi
Why we’re talking about . . .

High jumping for joy: an iconic act of sportsmanship in Tokyo

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021

The Week Footer Banner