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6 days ago
Cross-party support for amendment looks likely to lead to defeat for the government, which favours a code of practiceTechnology firms could be subjected to tough new regulations to protect the privacy and mental health of children as a result of a cross-party campaign that is likely to inflict a def[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareGerontology
6 days ago
Group tells Theresa May health system has been failing patients and calls for public sector pay cap for NHS workers to be liftedNinety MPs including several senior Tories have urged Theresa May to launch a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England.Sarah Wollaston, ch[...]
HealthHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment Policy
6 days ago
My small charity team provides vital early help for vulnerable children, but devastating cuts mean we are being left to pick up the pieces when crisis hitsWhen a teenage girl came to our early intervention service recently to help her to work through past domestic violence, it soon became clear she [...]
ChildrenCharitiesChildren
6 days ago
At least 200 children take their own lives each year in the UK. Teachers are in a unique position to support vulnerable pupils, but more awareness is neededHarry Biggs-Davison is a former headteacher and trustee of the charity Papyrus
The tragedy of losing a child is unimaginable. Losing a child [...]
EducationHealthCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Mistake in payment of employment and support allowance could cost up to £500m to correct
Tens of thousands of disability and sickness benefit claimants may have been underpaid and it could cost up to £500m to correct the error.
The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed it had identified[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
Guardian readers on the economic divisions facing BritainBefore anyone leaps with joy at the commercial prospects of the Oxford-Cambridge sprawl belt (Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport links for new towns, 17 November), they should read Larry Elliott’s bleak exposition of the two nations [...]
Housing and Poverty
1 week ago
We need subsidies on fruit and vegetables as well as a sugar tax, says Henry Leese; the government’s obesity strategy should not have omitted breastfeeding, says J Peter GreavesThe UK is the “most obese nation in western Europe” (Report, 11 November), and there is widespread agreement that a r[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 week ago
Measures being trialled to prevent ‘parental alienation’ feature penalties including permanent loss of contact with childDivorcing parents could be denied contact with their children if they try to turn them against their former partner, under a “groundbreaking” process being trialled by the[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Exclusive: Expert estimate suggests figure local authorities are on course to lay out this year could instead be used to fund 8,000 council homesCouncils are on course to spend more than £1bn on commercial property this year, investing more in shopping centres, country clubs, hotels, offices and ot[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
Long-awaited green paper will be published by next summer, but will focus just on care for older peopleAt last we have some details of the government’s long-awaited consultation on reform of long-term care. But let’s be clear: this will not be a social care green paper.Plans for the consultation[...]
PolicyHealth and Care
1 week ago
Social angst contributes to ill health; there is much that can be done locally to combat this, but government action is needed tooTheresa May, in her first speech as prime minister, stood on the steps of Downing Street and referred to the glaring injustice of gaps in life expectancy and declared her[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyEducationHealth and CareCriminal Justice
1 week ago
With the outside world descending on fundamentalist Mormons in Utah and Arizona, families struggle for basic needs: ‘Everything just shut down’Sign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletter
In an isolated, rural community in a far southern corner of Utah, oversized houses stand testamen[...]
HousingPovertyChildren and ParentingWomens Issues
1 week ago
Equalities watchdog says Tory tax and benefit reforms over seven years will slash incomes of poorest by 10%, while richest only lose 1%Disabled people, single parents and women have been among the biggest losers under seven years of austerity, according to a report by the equalities watchdog.While t[...]
PovertyWomenChildren and Pa
1 week ago
Grit, courage and social media can give even small charities a big voice without a big budget, as the winners of the 2017 social CEOs awards showThis year’s top 30 charity leaders on social media have been named, together with the winners in each of the six award categories.The annual social CEOs [...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
There is little incentive to build houses where they are needed most, across the whole of the country, not just London. We need a proper national planJonathan Manns is director of planning, Colliers International Theresa May has pledged to take “personal charge” of the government’s housing str[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
As part of children’s grief awareness week, the staff who support families caring for terminally ill children on the need to be honest and consistent Anne Harris is director of care, Rainbow Trust children’s charityA father whose daughter had died, once told me his grief was like a snow globe. L[...]
CharitiesChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 week ago
National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of housebuilding to be doubled across a swath of central EnglandPhilip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade loca[...]
Housing
1 week ago
Introduction of ‘minimum waiting time’ for conditions including joint replacements criticised as against NHS constitutionThe NHS is under fire for forcing patients who need surgery to wait at least three months before they can have an operation in order to save money. Related: NHS faces even wo[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
There are good reasons to be cautious about a new study claiming computer-based training can reduce the risk of dementia. But what does work?More than 30 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s disease, and while researchers are pushing hard to find a cure, their efforts so far have met wit[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 week ago
Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits insteadIain Duncan Smith’s thinktank is calling on the chancellor to renege on promised Tory tax cuts and instead plough billions of pounds into universal credit if he wants to he[...]
Criminal Justice
1 week ago
We’d like to hear from people affected by this story and find out what this means for the availability of other drugsTwo ‘breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs are to be available on the NHS after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) negotiated prices for the treatments.The[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
NHS Improvement says failure of hospitals to free up beds means it will struggle to cope with busiest months of the yearThe NHS is an “extremely challenging” position with winter approaching because hospitals have failed to free up enough beds, the health service regulator has warned. Hospitals [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive seasonClaimants signing on to universal credit from this week will not receive any income before Christmas because of the existing 42-day wait for payment, putting the financ[...]
PovertyChildren and ParentingHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
The new GP in Hand app fails to provide equality of access and undermines practice revenues Last week, with very little warning – even to those of us working in general practice – along came GP at Hand. Private doctor provider Babylon caused shockwaves with its offer to sign up patients from acr[...]
HealthChildren and
1 week ago
Campaigners demand change as official report quotes one woman saying process was ‘worse than being raped’Rape Crisis Scotland has called for a radical overhaul of the handling of rape cases after an official report said many women found prosecutions traumatic and degrading.A report by the Inspec[...]
Womens Issues
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