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8 hours ago
Stoke-on-Trent council called ‘callous’ for proposing penalty notice in city centre followed by court appearance and fineA council has been called “cruel and callous” for proposing £1,000 fines to homeless people sleeping in tents in the city centre.Stoke-on-Trent council in Staffordshire i[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyCriminal Justice
10 hours ago
Messages sent by Emily Drouet, 18, show she blamed herself for boyfriend’s abuse in the weeks before her deathText messages sent by a university student who killed herself following an abusive relationship will be shared on campuses across Scotland as part of a campaign to raise awareness of domes[...]
Education
10 hours ago
What do you do when everyone in your life loves a drink, but you’ve barely touched the stuff? Is 53 too old to develop a bad habit?‘I wish you’d bloody drink, get some colour into your cheeks,” my father grumbled one day. I was 12, maybe 13. Then, and for many years afterwards, I shrugged it[...]
Children and Parenting
14 hours ago
Scandal over Manchester lab raises doubts about evidence used in thousands of child protection cases in England and WalesThe government’s forensic regulator has called for fresh scrutiny of drug and alcohol testing carried out for the family courts, after a scandal at a Manchester laboratory raise[...]
Children and ParentingCriminal Justice
15 hours ago
Councils recognise the importance of services for young people, but have had to cut funding; partnerships offer a new modelIt amazes me how many adults attribute part of their success to youth centres, sports clubs and arts programmes. The opportunity to forge diverse friendships, have somewhere to [...]
ChildrenChildrenCharitiesChildren and Parenting
16 hours ago
Philip Hammond’s budget has failed to fix the housing crisis but, worse, has left families living in fear with no reassurance over fire safety measuresAround the time of the 2016 spring budget, I wrote about a first-time buyer who had taken advantage of the Conservatives’ help to buy scheme. Ask[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
16 hours ago
It’s a debate that has long polarised the sector. Weighing up the pros and cons of taking donations from dubious sources is no easy taskHollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein faces multiple claims of sexual harassment and now also stands accused in the court of public opinion of trying to redeem his rep[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismEducationCriminal Justice
17 hours ago
Life expectancy is increasing, but the number of years of healthy life in retirement is not keeping up, with dramatic variations seen across the countryAdults are spending an increasing number of their retirement years in poor health, a thinktank on ageing and population has warned.The report, which[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
17 hours ago
Medicine’s a tough career and professionals are demoralised. But the good old days had their dark side too

• Clare Gerada is a former chair of the Royal College of General PractitionersIn the 17th century there was a disease so virulent it was able to wipe out whole armies. Sufferers expe[...]
HealthEducationHealth and Care
20 hours ago
Obesity Policy Coalition highlights need for a sugar tax, saying physical activity guidelines alone won’t suffice Young Australian adults are nearly twice as likely to be obese as their parents and one in five children are now overweight before they start school, a report has found.The rates of ob[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingEducation
23 hours ago
Many serious mistakes – including identity mix-ups – could be avoided, according to study of 132 incidents reported in EnglandSerious mistakes made in mortuaries – including identity mix-ups - might be avoided if the deceased received the sort of management standards given to the living, accor[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Buyer is offering decorations for museum display and sale proceeds will go to charity projects across the globeThe descendant of a war hero has bought his great-uncle’s Victoria Cross and other medals for £840,000, so they can be shared with the public. Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza paid a world-recor[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 day ago
Exclusive: Leaked government paper reveals plan for waiting time cap – but cuts mean it cannot be rolled out for four yearsChildren with anxiety and depression will be guaranteed treatment within four weeks in a new effort to improve mental health care, but lack of NHS staff and funding means the [...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Government is not promising enough money to meet pledge to increase real-terms funding for NHS in each year of parliament, Labour saysLabour has accused the Conservatives of breaking a manifesto pledge to increase real-terms funding for the NHS in every year of this parliament by not promising suffi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
The reduction of morality to a data-driven calculation has proved especially attractive in an age where Stem disciples make so much of the cultural runningGiving to charity goes up at Christmas time. Many of us, secretly repulsed by our gluttonous orgy of collective servitude to next February’s la[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 day ago
Mental health campaigner Natasha Devon describes online abuse she received after calling for gender-neutral language in schoolsThe leading mental health campaigner Natasha Devon says she has been sent rape and death threats after a speech to headteachers in which she advocated the use of gender-neut[...]
EducationHealthHealth and CareMental Health
1 day ago
Measures announced in budget will not be introduced until as late as April, leaving some families facing a tough ChristmasOpposition parties and charities have criticised budget measures to improve the rollout of universal credit after it emerged that the changes will not be introduced until as late[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
Ministers’ social care and welfare reforms represent a deliberately prejudiced, vicious attack on a significant minority of the population A recent United Nations report on its inspection into the UK’s record on disabled people’s rights was described as a “17-page-long catalogue of shame” [...]
PolicyHealth and CareMinorities and Immigration
1 day ago
Crews are used to getting these messages but the tweet of this one spiralled out of controlMy ambulance made headlines this month because someone left a note on the windscreen saying, “You may be saving lives, but don’t park your van in a stupid place and block my drive”. A colleague tweeted a[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 day ago
Financial insecurity keeps women trapped in violent relationships. FreeFrom, a California not-for-profit, wants to break the cycle
A month ago Christine and her children were living in a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. Now she lives in her own apartment and runs a business selling aro[...]
Children and ParentingWomens Issues
1 day ago
The idea that we are different and don’t want to work, laugh in a pub, or go on a date is far too common. The result, for far too many, is stark isolationIncreasingly, I feel lucky to leave the house. That’s a strange feeling for someone to have, particularly someone in their early 30s. As a mil[...]
Disabilities
1 day ago
Scientists claim using potassium-based equivalents to sodium would have a positive impact on the British publicSubstantial amounts of salt could be removed from food after the government’s scientific advisers recommended that replacing it with potassium-based equivalents instead would improve publ[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 day ago
There have been more than 50 attempts to pass voluntary euthanasia laws in Australia. There are reasons Victoria succeeded while so many failedIn the early hours of Tuesday 25 March 1997, the Australian Senate overturned the world’s first voluntary euthanasia law by just three votes.Public reactio[...]
2 days ago
The chancellor had a choice, an economic stimulus or reprising George Osborne’s austerity. He chose very badlyPhilip Hammond is going nowhere – or so he wants you to think. For months, the chancellor has faced a guerrilla campaign from his cabinet colleagues and backbenchers for his sacking and [...]
Housing and Poverty
2 days ago
Government warned anything short of extra £4bn next year would leave service struggling to deliver carePhilip Hammond has bowed to intense pressure to give the NHS more money in Wednesday’s budget, but produced less than half the £4bn the health service’s own boss said it needed to look after [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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