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2 weeks ago
Report on June’s general election uncovers complaints about access to polling stations and lack of secrecy Some disabled people were denied their vote at June’s general election because they were turned away at the polling station or were unable to get inside, a report says. The Electoral Commis[...]
Disabilities
2 weeks ago
Increased need for support and rise in seizure of the smokable form of cocaine come as overall numbers accessing drug treatment is downThe number of crack users seeking help to beat their addictions has risen 23% in a year, even as the overall number of people accessing drug treatment services has c[...]
2 weeks ago
Proposals include simpler and less intrusive self-declaration system for those over 16 who want to change gender People wishing to legally change their gender may be able to do so by signing a statutory declaration from the age of 16 under plans to radically reform gender recognition law in Scotland[...]
Criminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Royal College of Surgeons says 151,710 patients in England were waiting more than six months for non-urgent operationsThe number of patients waiting more than six months for surgery in England was 40% higher in September than the same month last year, according to analysis by the Royal College of Su[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
In this candid extract from her posthumous memoirs, Sophie Reilly describes the reality of living with multiple mental health issuesOn 1 August 2016, Sophie, then aged 21, took her life. Her brother, Samuel, has edited a book, Tigerish Waters: Selected Writings of Sophie Reilly, of her prose, poetry[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
2 weeks ago
Charities can say whatever they like when it comes to reporting social change. At Street League, we want to show whether we have really helped young people How do we know whether a charity is successful or not? At Street League, we don’t think success should be measured by turnover, or by vague nu[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
2 weeks ago
New test more accurate than current screening in detecting Down’s, Edwards and Patau syndromes and could simplify screening process, say researchers Doctors have developed a more accurate test for Down’s syndrome and two rarer genetic disorders that are so serious the children often die soon aft[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
New Zealand researchers say their study shows anxiety and depression may be reduced by colouring in for as little as 10 minutes a dayThe adult colouring book craze has thereupeutic mental health benefits, New Zealand researchers have found, including reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Colo[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
2 weeks ago
Britain needs longer tenancies and caps on rent increases, writes Tom Copley, Labour’s London assembly housing spokespersonAs recently as 2015 the government strongly opposed banning lettings agency fees for tenants, so its decision to publish the draft tenants fees bill is a welcome U-turn.By the[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Simon Stevens’s public warning of dangers of ‘underfunding NHS by £20bn-£30bn a year’ is spectacular in its lack of diplomacySimon Stevens’s warning to Theresa May and Philip Hammond of the risks they are running by “underfunding our health services by £20bn-£30bn a year” was spectac[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Foster carers, who are often struggling to make ends meet, should be given as much help as possible, charities sayThe exclusion of fostered children from the additional 15 hours of free childcare a week available to parents in England is discriminatory and inexplicable, charities have said.The gover[...]
ChildrenCharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
A group of child welfare professionals writes to demand that the children’s minister, Robert Goodwill, extends the offer of extra free childcare to foster carersChildren aged three and four across England are now entitled to an extra 15 hours of free childcare each week, with the exception of fost[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Equality watchdog wins case against Fergus Wilson, who barred south Asians from renting his properties
The buy-to-let mogul Fergus Wilson’s ban on “coloured” tenants because they allegedly left curry smells in his properties has been overturned in a court victory for the Equality and Human [...]
Criminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Mother of Polly Ross, who had two children, tells inquest there was ‘a lack of focused care when she needed it most’The mother of a woman who killed herself while suffering from postnatal depression has said her daughter deserved better from mental health services, during an inquest into her dea[...]
HealthChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
The Virginia politician is celebrating victory over an ultra conservative rival who deliberately misgendered her
Name: Danica Roem.
Age: 33. Continue reading...
2 weeks ago
Simon Stevens risks his job by urging government to spend £20-30bn more annually to bring service in line with France, Germany and SwedenThe chief executive of the NHS has warned that cancer and mental health care could deteriorate because ministers are not prepared to give the health service billi[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Danica Roem, the first transgender person to be elected to a US state legislature, attacks discrimination in her victory speech in Virginia. A former journalist, Roem took 54% of the vote to defeat the Republican Bob Marshall. The Democrat campaign had focused largely on infrastructure, especially a[...]
2 weeks ago
More people are now homeless in Britain than the population of Newcastle. They need support, but also action to reverse this housing crisisPolly Neate is chief executive of ShelterImagine living with your partner in a cramped space, a mere 12 foot by seven foot, with just enough room for the door to[...]
HousingPolicyChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducation
2 weeks ago
Our role as a corporate parent is the same as any – to support care leavers practically and emotionally. That doesn’t end when a child becomes an adultFor too long, responding to the needs of care leavers has not been a big enough focus for children’s services or their corporate parent – the[...]
ChildrenChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and Care
2 weeks ago
Because the job title is not protected, anyone can call themselves a nurse. It diminishes the work of the highly trained staff on the NHS frontlineIf you walk into a hospital, care home or GP surgery in England today, you might see someone who calls themselves a nurse. But are they a nurse? What kin[...]
HealthEducationHealth and CareMental HealthGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Simon Stevens to cite leave campaign’s claim of £350m more a week for health service in conference speechThe Brexit campaign’s pledge that leaving the European Union would mean more money for the health service must be honoured or voters will lose trust in politics, the head of NHS England will[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
As a government adviser on its new review of the Mental Health Act, Jacqui Dyer aims to address the ‘dirty secret’ that black people are too often detained in inpatient facilitiesFor Jacqui Dyer, trying to talk about the issue of race and inequality in mental health services is sometimes like [...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
2 weeks ago
Just when we need them most, rock-bottom morale is forcing civil servants out. It’s time the government treated Whitehall with respect
As Brexit slowly judders into reality, morale is so low that the civil servants who have to prevent the country falling to pieces under the strain are leaving [...]
2 weeks ago
As cuts leave women’s refuges and domestic violence services at risk of closure, a new scheme is helping women who choose to remain to keep the family together
“It was like a slave and a ruler who stayed together,” says Sahila Ahmed, 37, describing her relationship with her husband of 14 [...]
ChildrenWomenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareWomens Issues
2 weeks ago
Figures from Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England show 17,000 people survived for several years with 10 types of stage 4 cancerThousands of people in England with the most advanced stage of cancer are surviving for several years after diagnosis thanks to improved treatment and care, re[...]
HealthHealth and Care
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