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1 week ago
Low- and middle-income countries have been forced to be innovative in finding low-cost and effective solutionsThe ageing crisis facing Britain, the US and other wealthier nations could be partly addressed by adopting initiatives being developed in poorer countries, experts say. Low- and middle-incom[...]
Housing and PovertyGerontology
1 week ago
A year after the lower benefit cap was introduced, families go without food and fuel and are forced to use foodbanks Melanie Rees is head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing
A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homele[...]
PolicyHousingPovertyChildren and ParentingHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
Guidance for schools urges teachers to let children ‘play with the many cloaks of identity’ rather than conform to stereotypes Boys should be free to choose to wear a tutu, tiara or heels, and girls to wear toolbelts and superhero capes, the Church of England has said in new guidance issued to i[...]
ChildrenEducationChildren and Parenting
1 week ago
Thousands treated away from home region in practice seen as expensive and potentially harmful to vulnerable peopleMental health trusts are being forced as part of an NHS England crackdown to reveal how many patients they are sending elsewhere for treatment because they have too few beds.Health servi[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
With many spending their final months in pain, a campaigner says: ‘This is not how a civilised country should treat its citizens’ Thousands of terminally ill people who want to travel abroad to end their life in specialist clinics can not afford the costs of doing so, leaving them to face often [...]
Health
1 week ago
There is a world of difference between the lives of the residents in the council blocks on one side of the road and those in the £5m Georgian houses oppositeThe brick towers of the World’s End estate in Fulham and the £5m Georgian houses over the road are “two different worlds”, explains Ali[...]
PovertyHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
Health of low-income households at risk as funding cuts slash support for replacing and repairing boilers, pressure group warnsNo gas boilers have been repaired since April under a government scheme intended to combat fuel poverty, as a result of spending cuts that risk leaving poorer Britons unprot[...]
Housing and PovertyHealth and Care
1 week ago
Dr Valerie Murphy denied accusations of misconduct after a teenager who had epilepsy died in his bath at a care unitA psychiatrist has shown no remorse for the death of a teenager with epilepsy who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit, a medical tribunal has found.Dr Valerie Murphy was the psychiat[...]
Health and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Budget needs to help tackle death toll of country’s rough sleepers, say expertsLee, Martin and Zac are discussing the geography of super-strength alcohol, in a hostel for the homeless in Vauxhall, south London.“The strongest they sell around here now is Stella Artois,” says Martin, nodding out[...]
HousingPovertyHealthHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
European Union warns that trafficking laws are being used to obstruct humanitarian work across the continentAid workers are being targeted throughout Europe as countries including the UK use laws aimed at traffickers and smugglers to discourage humanitarian activity, a study claims.A six-month inves[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismMinorities and Immigrati
1 week ago
Increasing numbers of pensioners may be vulnerable to exploitation from rogue landlords, warns Generation Rent Almost 1 million pensioners could be trapped in the private rented sector in 20 years, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation from rogue landlords, according to a renters’ rights campaig[...]
Housing
1 week ago
Demand for extra funding grows as figures reveal number of “trolley waits” longer than four hours now exceeds 45,000 per monthPhilip Hammond is under intense pressure to pump more money into the NHS in his budget this month as new official figures show the number of people waiting more than four[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
I’m a community care solicitor and have to turn people away who can’t afford private legal advice to appeal decisions about their health and social care I am the head of a small team of community care lawyers funded by legal aid to assist some of the most vulnerable people in society and challen[...]
PovertyHealth and CareGerontologyGovernment PolicyDisabilities
1 week ago
Periods happen to half the population – so why are they still treated as something to hide? Meet the activists seeing redI am sitting in a hotel meeting room with 12 women, all of us squeezing menstrual cups against our cheeks. The blinds are down, the wine has been flowing for the past hour, and [...]
WomenWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Dispatchers say there aren’t enough ambulances after 999 call for 20-year-old Kathryn Richmond was downgraded twiceA 20-year-old woman died from a ruptured spleen after waiting 85 minutes for an ambulance because of a series of mistakes at an under-pressure control room. At one stage while Kathryn[...]
Health
2 weeks ago
Bill Geddes hopes his meeting with the actress helped her through a difficult timeIn the early 1980s, while working in Acton Supplementary Office, I found the name Fielding on my list of claimants for that day. I called the name over the PA system and on entering my interviewing cubicle, there she w[...]
2 weeks ago
Campaigners criticise ‘pathetic’ measures to tackle crisis as report shows 26.9% of Britain’s population is obeseThe UK is the most obese country in western Europe, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.Its annual Health at a Glance report, published on Friday[...]
HealthHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
PM tells Simon Stevens he will be personally responsible for how well GPs and hospitals in England cope, leaving allies to fear he is being lined up as ‘fall guy’Theresa May has made NHS boss Simon Stevens personally responsible for ensuring the health service does not end up in a crisis this wi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
My cousin Shanoor Forbes, who has died aged 72, overcame two life-changing events – a disabling accident and the death of a child – to touch the lives of many, with her sparkle, affection and resilience.The only child of Porus Mehta, a barrister, and his wife, Freny (nee Lalkaka), a psychoanalys[...]
Children and ParentingMental Health
2 weeks ago
Rules intended to thwart terrorist groups that use charities as a front for their activities have also made it harder to move cash when lives are at stakeIn a crisis, money matters: for water, food and shelter, for people fleeing war or famine, or for medical supplies in dealing with an epidemic. Ye[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Top broadcasters take photos with equals signs to mark the day UK women begin to effectively work for free for rest of year
Leading female figures at the BBC have taken to social media to mark Equal Pay Day and increase pressure on bosses to address the broadcaster’s gender pay gap. High-profil[...]
WomenWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Residents at Emmaus Greenwich face a stark choice under changes to the benefits system: lose money or lose the chance to work for the charity that supports themThe 30 people who live in the homeless shelter run by the Emmaus Greenwich receive food, shelter, training and rehabilitation, and are offer[...]
HousingPovertyCharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
Researchers say three cervical screenings could offer same benefit to women given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as the 12 currently offeredWomen who have been given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may only need three cervical screenings in their lifetime, a study has said.Researchers[...]
HealthWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Kensington and Chelsea has been told to provide innovative, bold support, but in austerity Britain it is not the only council to have shifted to a set of aloof, threadbare servicesNext Tuesday marks five months since the Grenfell tower fire, which killed at least 80 people and made hundreds homeless[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
10 November 1914 The home secretary hears that both sexes are drinking too much, but some say the increase in consumption by women is ‘startling’
London, Monday
Mr. R. McKenna, the Home Secretary, received an influential deputation at the Home Office this afternoon on the subject of exces[...]
WomenHealthWomens Issues
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