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1 week ago
Online station Direction Radio is giving people with physical or learning disabilities opportunities to develop skills in broadcast and productionJohn Crompton says he has “music in his blood”. Two years ago, when the rock fan heard about a new radio station launching near his home, he felt he h[...]
Charities
1 week ago
The tragic death of this mother of four following benefit cuts shows how the government is failing even in its most basic duty – to keep its citizens safeWhen Elaine Morrall’s body was found at her home in Runcorn this month, she was wrapped up in a coat and scarf. That Elaine was only 38 and ha[...]
Children and ParentingEducation
1 week ago
Inequality is harmful at all levels of life so I’m glad leadership ideas are shifting away from traditional ideas. But there is still a long way to go I grew up with a sense of working class injustice. But I never imagined, when I was a student at Hull University, drinking into the night and consp[...]
WomenCharitiesCharities and VolunteerismEducationHealth and CareMental HealthCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Annually, 8,000 women in England with previously untreatable advanced breast cancer will have access to drugs shown to slow disease’s progressionThousands of women with previously untreatable breast cancer will have access to two “breakthrough” drugs that have been approved for NHS use.
The[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingGovernment PolicyWomens Issues
1 week ago
Call for England to follow suit after supreme court decision that setting a minimum price is legal under EU lawHealth campaigners have urged ministers to introduce minimum pricing for all alcoholic drinks in England after the supreme court said the measure was legal under EU law.
In a landmark ru[...]
HealthHealth and CareCriminal Justice
1 week ago
GP Mary Gibbs is horrified that terminally ill patients are being refused adequate pain relief because it might shorten their life; while Sara Starkey recalls her husband’s peaceful death at Dignitas and laments the fact most terminally ill people in the UK won’t be so fortunateI welcome the res[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 week ago
Lincolnshire property firm sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrearsA Lincolnshire property company has defended threatening all of its tenants with eviction if they fail to pay their rent because of delays in receiving universal credit payments,[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
Official review concludes there was no ‘causal association’ between drug Primodos and disabilities in babiesA hormone pregnancy test used in the 1960s and 1970s was not responsible for serious birth defects, according to an official review, which has been severely criticised by campaigners. An e[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
My friend Peter Carr, who has died aged 87, had a remarkable and varied career, including in industrial relations and as a leader of health service improvement. His focus was always on promoting productivity through constructive bargaining as a partnership between employers and workers, represented [...]
HealthChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and Care
1 week ago
Official solicitor expected to appeal against ruling that judicial permission is not needed to withdraw life support from Mr Y
An investment banker who sustained severe brain damage after a cardiac arrest is being kept alive against the wishes of his family and doctors because the official solici[...]
HealthHealth and CareCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Campaign launched by Samaritans and others says simple question can be enough to stop someone who might be at riskCommuters and travellers have been urged to strike up conversations with vulnerable people near railway tracks as part of a campaign to prevent suicide.Small Talk Saves Lives aims to giv[...]
Health
1 week ago
To celebrate the 24-hour tweetathon #OurDay on 21 November, we want to see your pictures of the work or volunteering that keeps your community runningSince 2010, central government has cut its grant to councils by more than 25%. By 2020 there will be a shortfall in cash of nearly £6bn.
Local go[...]
Charities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Whisky group loses legal battle to stop Scottish government using price controls to try to combat alcohol-related deathsThe UK supreme court has backed the Scottish government’s plans to introduce a minimum price for all alcoholic drinks in a decisive victory for Nicola Sturgeon.After a five-year [...]
HealthHealth and CareCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Government preparing to reduce wait for new benefit amid Tory backbenchers’ concerns about impact on constituents
The government is preparing to confirm that it will cut the six-week waiting time for universal credit, caving in to Conservative backbench rebels.After being promised concessions b[...]
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For the two years Attiya Khan was with Steve, he abused her daily. So why did she choose to make a documentary about an experience that nearly killed her?Attiya Khan was 16 and a high-school student in Ottawa when she began dating Steve. He was a year older, he was funny, he was smart, he was her fi[...]
EducationHealth and Care
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Choir members, including people with mental health problems, say their wellbeing and connectedness have improved since singing together“I think there’s something physical about singing in a choir that does you good,” says Kaye Brown*. “For me it’s coming together, and the wellbeing I feel [...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareMental Health
1 week ago
Grassroots organisations are springing up to combat a woeful response by central government to the housing crisisKennedy Walker is a campaigner and writerThe thinktank IPPR published a report on 10 November, revealing that 92% of councils in England are failing to deliver enough affordable housing. [...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
With many retired Germans sharing their homes with Syrian refugees, what can the UK learn from their response to the migration crisis?Angelika Bauer laughs as she remembers the first time her Syrian housemate Jawad Shalghin met her dog Bo. “He was a bit afraid because people tend not to keep dogs [...]
HousingCharities and VolunteerismEducation
1 week ago
Charity trustees Dame Judi Dench, Maxine Peake, writer Monica Ali and presenter Katie Piper tell us what they’ve learned from their chosen causesSome 700,000 people in England and Wales support a charity by giving up their time to become a trustee, but there’s a lack of diversity (pdf) among tho[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismWomens Issues
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Inflation-linked pay rise would cost £5.8bn – but £2.5bn would come in from extra tax and from benefits savings, thinktank saysPhilip Hammond is facing renewed calls to unfreeze public sector pay, as fresh analysis suggests the cost to the Treasury would be cushioned by £2.5bn in additional tax[...]
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Seven Guardian readers have documented their experiences of everyday discrimination over a month. From inaccessible public transport to ‘helpful’ advice from strangers, it’s a revealing portrait of disabilism in the UKNina lives in London. She has Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and is a wheelchair us[...]
Disabilities
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Don’t ask someone what their disabilities are. Don’t give help without asking. Don’t tell anyone they are ‘brave’. Seven people reveal their everyday disabilism bugbearsWhat is life really like for disabled people? The Disability Diaries reveal allPeople think that if you have a disability[...]
Disabilities
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We asked seven people to keep diaries for a month to document the reality of being disabled in Britain today. Frances Ryan reflects on the issues that arose – public transport, employment, housing, attitudes – and meets four of the diaristsSeven things you should stop saying and doing to disable[...]
Housing and PovertyDisabilities
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Mission Australia calls for 60,000 additional social housing dwellings to be built for older people Not long ago, Henry Wilson, 73, could count his worldly possessions on both hands. He was sleeping rough at Sydney’s Central Station. With him, he had just a sleeping bag, shoes, joggers, socks, pan[...]
Housing and Poverty
1 week ago
NHS bodies have decided in the last four months alone to shut or downgrade 70 services, says campaign group 38 Degrees Dozens of A&E units, GP surgeries and walk-in centres have been earmarked for closure because of the NHS’s money problems, understaffing and modernisation plan, a new report r[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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