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7 hours ago
No one’s watching over what councils do or spend, because scrutiny bodies were abolished on Pickles’s watchBehold the hand of Eric Pickles. The former Tory communities secretary may have left parliament last year but his legacy lives on, in Northamptonshire, where the bankrupt council is struggl[...]
Gerontology
7 hours ago
Growing distaste over privatised, outsourced public services gives charities a chance to step in and prove their valueOver the past 25 years charities have had to become more business-like. They now earn more than half their income and raise less than half through donations. Twenty five years ago it[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
11 hours ago
Breaches of capped annual and lifetime costs have seen some elderly patients overcharged by tens of thousands of dollarsLabor has demanded the government reveal the full extent of “unacceptable” failings with a system that has wrongly charged residents of aged care homes tens of thousands of dol[...]
Children and ParentingHealth and CareGerontology
14 hours ago
New rules in England and Wales advise punishing emotional or psychological abusePerpetrators of domestic abuse are more likely to be sent to prison – even if they inflict emotional or psychological rather than physical harm alone – under new guidelines being published by the Sentencing Council. [...]
Mental HealthCriminal Justice
15 hours ago
A groundbreaking new study shows antidepressants are effective – we should get on with taking and prescribing themIt’s official: antidepressants work.They are not a multibillion-dollar conspiracy dreamed up by Big Pharma Bond villains. They are not a snake oil distilled in secret laboratories, d[...]
Health
16 hours ago
Researchers hail ‘surprising’ findings about sugar after analysing more than 3,000 casesPeople who regularly consume at least one sugary soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study.Researchers from Cancer Council Victoria an[...]
HealthHealthEducation
19 hours ago
Dr Valerie Murphy was responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk’s care when the 18-year-old drowned in a bath at NHS care unit in 2013A senior psychiatrist has been suspended for 12 months following the death of a vulnerable teenager who suffered an epileptic fit and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit[...]
Health and CareGerontologyMental HealthGovernment Policy
21 hours ago
Shortage of almost 100,000 staff is affecting performance, says NHS ImprovementOne in 11 posts in NHS England are currently unfilled, equivalent to almost 100,000 vacancies, official figures show. The number of vacancies was published for the first time in NHS Improvement’s quarterly performance r[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
21 hours ago
I have seen the vital work the charity does around the world and I admire its willingness to examine its practices and changeIf there is one clear thing we have learned from the revelations about the behaviour of certain Oxfam staff in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and in Chad in 200[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismWomens Issues
23 hours ago
Prime minister defies calls to scrap UK commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aidThe UK’s aid budget will not be cut as a result of the sexual exploitation scandal affecting the sector, the prime minister has confirmed in a push back against the right wing of her party.There have been cal[...]
Charities
23 hours ago
Health secretary admits official failings over a number of medical treatment issuesJeremy Hunt, the health and social care secretary, has launched a nine-month review into how the NHS addresses concerns about medical treatments, including vaginal mesh devices.Speaking in the Commons, he admitted the[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Minister supports Tina Stowell for Charity Commission chair but MPs say she lacks experience
Ministers have signalled that they intend to press ahead with Tina Stowell’s controverisal appointment as chair of the Charity Commission, despite her rejection by a select committee of MPs.The culture [...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 day ago
The Terrence Higgins Trust initiative aims to combat loneliness and encourage discussion through a shared love of filmInside the Regent Street cinema in Marylebone, London, a group of men and women are in high spirits singing along to a dancing Doris Day. It is a gloomy Wednesday in February but the[...]
HealthWomens Issues
1 day ago
We set up a shelter to help people off the streets, but our detractors were more concerned that guests would have sex with each otherLGBTIQ+ people feel intimidated in their homes, removing signs of their sexuality when repairs people come to visit, recent research on social housing by the Universit[...]
HousingPovertyHousing and PovertyEducation
1 day ago
The government’s plan to roll out small-scale digital licences could price out vital volunteer-run stations from reaching a wider audienceIn 2010, hundreds of English Defence League protesters marched through Peterborough. There were 11 arrests for public order offences. When they took to the cit[...]
Charities and VolunteerismCriminal Justice
1 day ago
Jemma Kennedy’s experience of treatment was so bad she felt she had to write a play IVF treatment in the UK has become a money-making racket, according to a writer who found her own personal experience “brutalising” and has written a play inspired by it.Details have been announced of the premi[...]
HealthChildren and Parenting
1 day ago
Report showing NHS facing £900m deficit delayed after health department intervenedThe NHS’s financial regulator has delayed publishing new information about the health service’s serious shortages of both money and staff after lobbying by the government, the Guardian can reveal.The figures show [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Half a million people in the UK suffer from work-related stress, and psychological breakdown can creep up without warning. But what, exactly, is this ‘state of vital exhaustion’, and how can you come back from it?In a bedroom in North Yorkshire at 2am, Sara Cox lay next to her sleeping husband i[...]
HealthMental Health
1 day ago
Academics call for investigation into effects of NHS underfunding and austerity politicsThe Department of Health and Social Care has been accused of ignoring repeated warnings about stagnating life expectancy, from academics who are demanding an urgent inquiry into whether austerity policies could b[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Growth of unsuitable self-employment blamed for half of single parent homes being poorSingle parents are increasingly being pushed into precarious zero-hours contracts and unsuitable self-employment, putting more children at risk of living in poverty, a charity has warned.
In a report to mark its[...]
ChildrenPovertyCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
Committee says Tina Stowell lacks ‘knowledge or vision’ and questions her independenceA committee of MPs has unanimously refused to endorse the appointment of a former Tory minister as chair of the Charity Commission, with a stinging rebuke to the government for selecting her despite “a comple[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 day ago
Social Bite working with housing groups and councils to offer homeless ‘wraparound’ supportAt least 600 of Scotland’s most vulnerable rough sleepers are to be provided with homes and the continuing support they need to sustain their tenancies, in the largest commitment of its kind in the UK.Th[...]
HousingPoverty
1 day ago
Questions also raised for moderate drinkers of alcohol about their social habitHeavy drinkers are putting themselves at risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.Research published in the Lancet Public Health journal provides powerful evidence that people who drink [...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 day ago
Response to claims about former chief executive Justin Forsyth was inadequate, charity admitsSave the Children has apologised to female employees who complained of inappropriate behaviour by the charity’s former chief executive, admitting their claims were not properly dealt with at the time.In a [...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismWomens Issues
1 day ago
Osvaldas Pagirys, 18, was arrested for stealing sweets, and found hanging unconscious three months laterThe death of a distressed Lithuanian teenager in the segregation unit of Wandsworth prison after he was arrested has been condemned as “appalling and tragic” by the prisons and probation ombud[...]
Criminal Justice
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