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2 days ago
Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform says we should be closing down our youth prison system, not expanding it; David Scott says England and Wales stand virtually alone in the EU in the use of child life sentencesShauneen Lambe is right that our child prisons are a disgrace and that th[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
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Diane Wall writes that the privatisation of care homes means there is no limit what they can charge when demand is so highYour article (Soaring care home costs mean you now pay £34,000 a year, 18 November) fails to give an accurate account of the financial obligations of self-funders. This happens [...]
Children and ParentingHealth and CareGerontology
2 days ago
Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare rollout to be paused and fixed
Universal credit claimants will only have to wait five instead of six weeks for their first benefit payments after Philip Hammond bowed to pressure to ease hardship caused by t[...]
Housing and Poverty
2 days ago
Charities get changes to Gift Aid and funding from Libor fines, but Philip Hammond has done little else to help them face an uncertain futureKey points from budget 2017 – at a glanceThere had been hopes of clarity around how the government plans to use between £1bn and £2bn in dormant assets, wh[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
2 days ago
Autumn budget also includes stamp duty cut, £1.5bn universal credit U-turn and extra £3bn for Brexit preparationsOur writers’ verdict: ‘Help for housing or a kick in the teeth?’Philip Hammond has reduced stamp duty for first-time homebuyers as part of a package of measures to boost the econo[...]
Health
2 days ago
The chancellor shows no understanding about what makes housing, local government or other public services workThis is a bankrupt budget. Not in the strictly financial sense, though how much more threadbare core public services can become without collapsing and causing social mayhem the next few year[...]
Housing and Poverty
2 days ago
The drink’s melancholy reputation has been backed up by a survey from Public Health Wales, although four out of 10 drinkers claim it makes them feel sexier

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Health and Care
2 days ago
For this year’s #OurDay tweetathon on 21 November, we asked Guardian readers to share their pictures of a day in the life of local public staff. Here are just a few of our favourites Continue reading...
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Only two in 10 private landlords would consider renting to someone who is homeless, but the chancellor can solve this crisis by supporting help to rentImagine you are homeless. Because social housing in our country is shrinking one of the only ways you can get a home is by privately renting. But you[...]
PolicyHousingHousing and Poverty
2 days ago
Graham Potter – who has taken Östersunds FK from the Swedish fourth tier to its premier league and Europe – has advised social welfare staff on leadership and teamworkCareers can take unexpected turns. When I started social work training in Manchester at the end of the 1970s, I would never have[...]
Health and Care
2 days ago
The botched rollout of universal credit has led to £1.3m in council rental arrears in Newcastle, the city where I, Daniel Blake was set. Ministers are making the housing crisis worseAcross the road from where Daniel Blake pleaded for fairness with jobcentre staff in Ken Loach’s 2016 film, a real [...]
HousingPovertyHousing and Poverty
2 days ago
Connect House in Mitcham, London, is a converted office block in the depths of an industrial estate that is temporarily home to vulnerable people, families and young children. We meet two young mothers who tell us what daily life is like there. An estimated 120,540 children with their families live [...]
HousingChildren and ParentingHousing and Poverty
2 days ago
The competition watchdog is investigating, but we need a wider inquiry into pharmaceutical firms’ practicesThe Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has discovered a rich seam for inquiries – pharmaceutical companies allegedly gouging the National Health Service.Pfizer, together with a small U[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Spirits are associated with confidence and red wine is linked to relaxation – and researchers hope findings will help people consider alcohol’s emotional effectsWhile indulging in booze can inspire cheerful merrymaking in some, for others it can lead to a tearful journey to the bottom of the gla[...]
Health
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Analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies finds that existing plans mean welfare, the NHS and prisons face further deep cuts, regardless of budgetFurther deep cuts in spending on some public services are already planned to go ahead, whatever the chancellor announces in the autumn budget, leaving d[...]
Health and CareGovernment PolicyCriminal Justice
2 days ago
Assisted dying bill passes upper house, paving the way for it to be confirmed by lower house and passed into lawVictoria is on the verge of becoming the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying, after the upper house finally approved the right of terminally ill people to request a[...]
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Survey suggests four-fifths of medics who have been subject of complaint or litigation start practising more ‘defensive medicine’Patients are being put at risk because doctors are giving them drugs they do not need and sending them for unnecessary surgery to avoid a complaint being made against [...]
HealthHealth and Care
3 days ago
NHS figures show drop of 1,193 family doctors in past year, despite pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 by 2020 The number of GPs in England has fallen sharply in the past year, despite a government pledge to increase the supply of family doctors by 5,000. The total number of full-time equivalent GP[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Sam Webb says it’s unlikely he’ll ever own his own home. Róisín McLaren says you can’t build a life on a zero-hours contract. Boomer Naomi Clayton says she went without food and furniture to afford her first house
Sajid Javid’s comments reported in Peter Walker’s article (‘£90k i[...]
Housing
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Social impact bond backs Andy Burnham’s pledge to eradicate local homelessness with cash for 270 homes and support planAt least 200 of Greater Manchester’s most entrenched rough sleepers will be given new homes, and the support needed to stay in them, after a £1.8m grant from an ethical investm[...]
CharitiesHousingPovertyHousing and Poverty
3 days ago
Shona Robison announces plan to fix level at 50p a unit, aiming to reduce hospital admissions by 8,254 in first five yearsScotland’s minimum pricing policy for alcohol, to be fixed at 50p a unit, will come into force on 1 May 2018, the Scottish health secretary has announced.In a statement at Holy[...]
HealthHealth and Care
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There’s been no devolved government in Northern Ireland since January 2017, paralysing the voluntary organisations that should be championing changeNigel McKinney is director of operations at Building Change TrustIn mid-October, at the AGM of CO3, the Northern Ireland third sector leaders’ organ[...]
Charities and Volunteerism
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Thomas Millward, 19, died after being found unconscious at Girton College in March 2016A University of Cambridge student thought to have taken a legal high with his girlfriend before falling to his death had appeared confused after taking the drug and said things such as, “this is so strange, is t[...]
EducationHealth and Care
3 days ago
Six years after the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, Ray James’ new job is to ensure people with learning disabilities can move on from long-stay unitsRay James wants to feel uncomfortable. It’s the best way, he thinks, to make health and care leaders take action to break the logjam that keeps a[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment PolicyDisabilities
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