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2 weeks ago
Our research shows that public professionals can do more harm than good if they fail to motivate vulnerable people to change
Ryan* had been on and off the streets for 12 years. He was dealing with addiction after being in prison and felt misunderstood by the people who were meant to help him. It [...]
CharitiesCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Chatting to care-home residents about their interests boosts their quality of life, according to trialJust one hour a week of social interaction can improve the quality of life for dementia patients in care homes, a study suggests.A trial involving more than 800 people with dementia across 69 Englis[...]
HealthHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Son says his father has no way of raising money because his flat is unsaleable due to fire riskA 95-year-old resident of a London high rise with Grenfell Tower-type cladding has been taken to hospital after being told he had to pay a share of the £2m bill for repair works, a tribunal has heard.The [...]
HousingChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
NICE call comes as data for England show 5% rise in people dying at home and 11% drop in hospital deathsThe government’s health advisers are urging the NHS to do more to help terminally ill patients achieve their wish of dying at home. The call by the National Institute for Health and Care Excelle[...]
HealthGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Cash injection is a temporary measure that will not ease wider pressures, local authorities warnCouncils have welcomed the government’s decision to give them an extra £150m in funding for social care over the next financial year, but warned it was a temporary measure that would not alleviate wide[...]
Health and Care
2 weeks ago
Charity worker says he has repeatedly questioned council’s use of out-of-borough hostel A homeless man has died after he suffered severe burns in temporary out-of-borough housing provided by Windsor council, prompting anger from a local campaign group that said the accommodation was inadequate and[...]
HousingPovertyCharities and VolunteerismHousing and PovertyHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Flat-owners in Citiscape high-rise in Croydon could face costs of up to £31,300 each Cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower may not be removed from a privately owned high-rise in Croydon until residents pay the estimated £2m cost of the work, a property tribunal has heard.
Residents h[...]
Housing
2 weeks ago
It’s surprising how long it took for financial disaster to hit the Tory-run council. The ‘jaws of doom’ warning came five years agoTory-run Northamptonshire county council quietly issued a section 114 notice last Friday to signal that it had effectively gone bust, a victim of rapidly shrinking[...]
Health and Care
2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
When families split, men get left behind emotionally and lose out on bonding with their children to the detriment of both, says the renowned family therapistFrom the age of seven Gill Gorell Barnes found herself mixing with a louche 1950s crowd in a cafe run by her father in London’s Soho. The exp[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and CareMental Health
2 weeks ago
Lack of government-funded services means growing numbers have nowhere else to turnThousands of people dependent on prescription drugs are desperately turning to online help groups and calling up charity helplines because of a lack of government-funded services.A growing number of people struggling w[...]
HealthCharities and Volunteerism
2 weeks ago
The Narey/Owers review is not the overhaul many wanted, but makes realistic and affordable recommendations for improving careAdvocates for radical reform to the fostering system in England should look away now. Sir Martin Narey, a government adviser on children’s social care and former chief execu[...]
ChildrenPolicyChildrenChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
New plans for mandatory ID checks at polling stations could prevent disabled, homeless, poor and older people votingBarbara Waterman was born 13 years after the Representation of the People Act gave women over 30 the right to vote in 1918. But it was not until three years ago, in the 2015 election, [...]
WomenPovertyCharities and VolunteerismHousing and PovertyDisabilitiesWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
More could be done to get people to switch to products that are safer than smoking cigarettes, say Public Health England Vaping should be widely encouraged as a way to help people quit smoking, and e-cigarettes should even be offered for sale in hospital shops, the government’s public health body [...]
HealthHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
More could be done to get people to switch to products that are safer than smoking cigarettes, say Public Health England Vaping should be widely encouraged as a way to help people quit smoking, and e-cigarettes should even be offered for sale in hospital shops, the government’s public health body [...]
HealthHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Five years on, What Works centres have proved their worth but still have to argue their case to a Brexit-obsessed government Drivers in the West Midlands are speeding less often; installing gates on alley-ways is a cost-effective way to prevent burglaries; and councils from Barnet to Devon and Cornw[...]
Health and Care
2 weeks ago
One charity chief executive says surviving the merger process is down to commitment, a sense of humour – and a decent supply of biscuitsThe news from the Good Merger Index that there were only 70 mergers between not-for-profit organisations last year was not a surprise to me. Leading a charity thr[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Exclusive: Since provision introduced, 143 people, or 0.27% of those surveyed, have accessed domestic violence leaveVictorian public servants have taken more than 1,000 days of family violence leave since the state introduced the provision in public-sector contracts in 2016.Figures provided to Guard[...]
Criminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Report says up to 7,000 people do this in poor living conditions with almost no legal protectionThe threat of homelessness is forcing thousands of people into becoming live-in property guardians, often in poor living conditions with virtually no legal protection, according to a new report.The London[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
Prime minister to announce measures to tackle abuse on centenary of 1918 suffrage actTheresa May will mark the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act on Tuesday by warning that abuse in public life has become so severe it is threatening democracy.The prime minister will give a speech[...]
WomenWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Many people felt that Bella and Gigi’s naked shoot for Vogue was provocative – and creepy. So, why does the sexualisation of siblings remain a staple of pop culture?
The image shows two beautiful young models completely naked, facing each other with their legs intertwined and their hands pla[...]
WomenWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Readers respond to Labour’s proposal to force cheap sales of land to the state for social housingLabour’s proposal to force cheap sales of land to the state for social housing (Report, 2 February) is laudable in so much as it identifies rocketing land values as the reason why social housing prov[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
It is apparently beyond the wit of either the jury summoning office or the courts to take note of what is needed to serve as a juror if you can’t see, writes Anna TylorLiving with a sight impairment, I know that I’m more likely to be the victim of crime than my fully sighted counterparts, less l[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingDisabilitiesCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
My friend and colleague Kieran Quinn, who has died aged 56 after suffering a heart attack, had served as leader of Tameside council in Greater Manchester since 2010.He had a strategic and perceptive mind and led major redevelopments of town centres that included new opportunities for education, trai[...]
Education
2 weeks ago
UK makes up 22% of global sales of the highly addictive anti-anxiety drug on the dark web‘My personality changed’: Johnny, 16, on Xanax addictionThe UK is the second-largest market for untraceable online sales of Xanax in the world, research has found, prompting warnings from doctors, MPs and yo[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and Care