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2 weeks ago
Above-inflation rise pushes pay pledge over the £10 barrier in London for first time with more than 150,000 workers set to benefit across UKMore than 150,000 workers will get an inflation-beating pay rise on Monday as the UK living wage, which is paid voluntarily by more than 3,600 employers, is in[...]
Housing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
Experts call for more work to be done to develop vaccine for infection commonly carried by pregnant women, which can cause stillbirth and deathMore than 100,000 stillbirths and baby deaths worldwide could be prevented by the development of a vaccine against an infection commonly carried by pregnant [...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Austerity Generation report finds cuts to tax credits and universal credit have damaged their role in rewarding people for workingSeven years of cuts to tax credits and universal credit have hugely eroded their role in supposedly rewarding people for working, leaving many families thousands of pound[...]
Children and ParentingHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
UK charity’s survey finds almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their disability Almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their impairment or condition, research by the disability charity Scope has found. This has prompted ca[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Big pharma companies are charging over the odds for medicines developed with public funding, write Heidi Chow and Tabitha HaIt is shocking, but not surprising, that big drugs companies are threatening to sue the NHS for using cheaper versions of drugs that could save people from going blind (Drug fi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Services hit by massive bill may face closure without state aid, say campaignersSenior Tory MPs have joined calls for a government bailout of social care providers, after warnings that some will go bust as a result of a crisis over a £400m bill for back pay. Former cabinet ministers are among those[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGerontologyCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Staff on sleep-in shifts are owed £400m – we need their skills more than ever and must treat them fairlyIt should have been a big victory for care workers. For years, those on overnight “sleep-in” shifts in the homes of disabled adults and older people have been paid a flat rate, typically be[...]
Charities and VolunteerismHealth and CareDisabilities
2 weeks ago
Poll exposes struggle of low earners as austerity continues to biteMore than a third of people who earn less than the “real living wage” have reported regularly skipping meals to save money, according to a report.The real living wage (RLW), which is promoted by the Living Wage Foundation and is [...]
PovertyHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
The campaign for decent pay has grown as employers realise the economic advantagesTia’s plea was simple and direct. If her mother Sandra was paid the living wage, she wouldn’t have to work around the clock to make ends meet, Tia would be able to see her in the evenings; they could have a family [...]
PovertyChildren and Parenting
2 weeks ago
New trial finds transfusions could lead to benefits in patients’ memory and thinkingRegular infusions of blood plasma from young donors could be used to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a medical conference in Boston was told on Saturday.Researchers said that their study showed transfusi[...]
HealthHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Statistics from Holyrood reveal 73% fewer incidents of violence in Scottish prisons than in English and Welsh last yearScottish prisons are significantly less violent than jails in England and Wales, with lower rates of inmate aggression, according to statistics released by the Scottish parliament.F[...]
Criminal Justice
2 weeks ago
I work on housing benefit for the council and see so many people I cannot help because their path through the benefits system is blocked at every turnI work in the housing benefit section of my council’s customer service team and my heart drops whenever I see young single women walking through our[...]
PovertyHousing and PovertyWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
From Trump’s tweets to EU uncertainty and the threat of nuclear war, the stress-inducing headlines keep coming. Therapists share tips on how to cope
In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum and the US presidential election, it became common, on the losing side, to compare the experience [...]
Health
3 weeks ago
Hundreds of doctors in England have not received salaries, according to BMA, as a result of errors by CapitaLabour is demanding an inquiry into how trainee GPs did not receive their salaries from a private firm that is meant to pay them on behalf of the NHS.
Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health s[...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 weeks ago
Privatisation is putting profits, rather than offenders, at the core of the probation service say Mike and Christine Campbell, Pat Fagg, John Harvey, Dan O’Connor and Tone Horwood Working Links, the company on which you report (Why are privatised probation services using public libraries to see c[...]
Mental HealthCriminal Justice
3 weeks ago
Inspectors believe man was paying £250 a month to rent space under stairs with no ventilation and room for only a mattressHousing inspectors discovered a man living in “coffin-like” conditions in a gas-meter cupboard beneath the staircase of an overcrowded property in east London, during a seri[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
3 weeks ago
As a trial for a radical schizophrenia treatment begins, the link between biological factors and some mental illnesses is becoming clearer than everDescartes’s notion of dualism – that the mind and body are separate entities – is wrong, but has proved surprisingly persistent, and until recentl[...]
HealthMental Health
3 weeks ago
Exclusive: as evidence emerges that schizophrenia could be an immune system disease, two-year trial will use antibody drug currently used for MSBritish scientists have begun testing a radically new approach to treating schizophrenia based on emerging evidence that it could be a disease of the immune[...]
HealthEducationHealth and Care
3 weeks ago
A UK doctor tells of the intense pressure of inner-city practice – and the fear of leaving work alone after an ex-patient’s threatsIt’s supposed to be my day off, but instead I’m at home filing up to 50 laboratory results, x-rays, ultrasounds and scans before starting to sift through the 70 [...]
HealthEducation
3 weeks ago
Report reveals 24% decrease in number of community sentences over past 10 years, compared with 18% rise in ScotlandUse of non-custodial sentences in England and Wales has fallen sharply but risen significantly in Scotland, according to a report highlighting their effectiveness in preventing re-offen[...]
Criminal Justice
3 weeks ago
Inquiry into how contaminated blood infected thousands moved from health department to Cabinet Office after pressure from families
An inquiry into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people with hepatitis C and HIV has been moved from the Department of Health to the Cabinet [...]
HealthHealth and Care
3 weeks ago
Norman Lamb calls for inquiry into Capita delays that have left doctors unpaid and in need of handouts from charitiesA former health minister has condemned the private firm that has left hundreds of GP trainees in the lurch by not paying their salaries.Norman Lamb demanded on Friday that the health [...]
HealthCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
3 weeks ago
Report proposes a new approach to primary care, putting people at the heart of everything the NHS doesWith ever-growing pressures from funding, staff shortages, demand and targets, is it possible to bring joy back to the healthcare workforce and put patients at the centre of their care? A group of h[...]
PolicyHealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
3 weeks ago
‘How can society have got to a place where a woman with a decent job struggles to feed her children?’Danielle, in her late 40s, is a single mother with two teenage children She lives in north-east London, and works full-time for a community housing association, earning £21,000. She receives an [...]
PovertyChildrenChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducation
3 weeks ago
New guidance means providers are being forced to pay for the government’s mistakes, and puts the future of the care industry at riskThe government’s latest policy update on sleep-in shift pay has once again put the future of the UK care industry at risk. Some may be forgiven for hoping that give[...]
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