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    MINISTERS PLAN TO PUT NHS PROFESSIONALS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ON A FULL-TERM BASIS

    While being interviewed by The Telegraph, Prince Harry revealed that he had sought counselling to help him come to terms with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, as he struggled for a couple of years in his late twenties to deal with losing her. Other public figures and politicians have also begun to reveal their experiences with mental health. One Labour MP described his...

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    REPORT FINDS THAT OVER 200,000 HOMES IN ENGLAND WERE EMPTY IN 2016

    Despite the desperate shortage of properties to rent and buy, there was £43bn worth of empty homes in England.According to official figures:Councils and the government have intensified efforts to reduce the number of empty homes, by reducing tax incentives which made owners leave properties unused.Recently, most councils have increased council tax bills on second homes with stricter rules on...

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    BENEFIT CLAIMANTS MAY BE DRIVEN TO POVERTY BY SANCTIONS

    Work Programme providers and jobcentres do not give payments to twice as many people as others in the same area, according to a report by the public accounts committee.Parliament's spending watchdog:According to a DWP spokesperson:"Our sanctions guidance is the same right across the UK and the fact is the number of sanctions has more than halved in recent years."Sanctions are an important part of...

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    UK PRIME MINISTER PLEDGES A NEW RIGHT-TO-BUY PROGRAM ON SOCIAL HOUSING

    The program is set to achieve the following;According to UK Prime Minister, Theresa May:"Too many ordinary working families are stuck on council waiting lists, facing unaffordable rents and struggling to save for that first deposit."That's why we will fix the broken housing market and support local authorities and housing associations to build a new generation of council homes right across the...

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    SURVEY REVEALS THE PRESENT STATE OF THE HOUSING MARKET

    The Rics survey shows the following:Rics chief economist, Simon Rubinsohn, said:"High-end sale properties in central London remain under pressure, while the wider residential market continues to be underpinned by a lack of stock."For the time being, it is hard to see any major impetus for change in the market, something also being reflected in the flat trend in transaction levels."What do you...

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    DATA REVEALS THAT MANY PRACTICES CLOSED LAST YEAR FORCING THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS TO FIND A NEW SURGERY

    Despite the government's attempts to stop local doctors from shutting their doors, the NHS data showed the following:According to the GP website, Pulse, family doctors are unable to cope with increased demand and need immediate funds to survive.Although last year the NHS announced its forward view plan to invest £2.4bn into services by 2020 and the government announced a £500m investment with...

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    THE GOVERNMENT PRESSURISES COUNCILS TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESSIBLE HOUSING

    The Women's and Equalities Committee recommended the Department for Communities and Local Government to carry out an audit of Local Plans, to verify that they meet the new guidance set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill when it is brought into legislation.According to a recent report on disability and the built environment where this was proposed:MP's have said that "Local Plans should be...

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    LABOUR PARTY MADE SOME POLICY ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THE NHS TO ADDRESS STAFFING SHORTAGES IN ENGLAND

    Labour made some policy announcements on the NHS to address staffing shortages in England, that had become a "threat to patients". However, according to the Conservatives, Labour's economic policies would put the health service at risk.The following have been set out by labour:According to Labour, "Keeping bursaries and not introducing tuition fees would cost £800m a year - a figure which would...

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    THE STATUS OF THE SOCIAL CARE SECTOR REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTs

    It was also found that the social care sector has the following characteristics:Social care seems like an adjunct to the NHS instead of being an important service in its own right. While the chancellor announced the budget funding boost, he claimed it would "deliver immediate benefits to the NHS".The status of social care profession, therefore, requires improvement, for the chancellor's funding...

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    REPORT FINDS THAT LACK OF SUFFICIENT MENTAL HEALTH PROVISION IS THE CAUSE OF THE RISE IN SUICIDES AMONG FEMALE PRISONERS

    A Prison and Probation Ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, drew up a bulletin which reviewed 19 cases of female suicides over the last three years; the following were found:According to the Ministry of Justice data, there are 3,869 female prisoners compared to 80,988 in the male estate which represents 5% of the whole prison population. However, women account for 23% of all incidents of self-harm.Mr....

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    402 MILLION POUNDS WILL BE INVESTED IN COUNCILS WITH THE GREATEST HOMELESSNESS DEMAND FROM APRIL 2017

    Presently, funding is only used for homeless households and not for the prevention of homelessness in the first instance.The funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government is set to perform the following functions:The allocations would be as follows:In a written statement to parliament, Marcus Jones, the homelessness minister, said the funding has been allocated based on "the...

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    NEWLY PUBLISHED FIGURES ANALYSE SOCIAL CARE SPENDING

    The new report by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by the Health Foundation made the following findings:The author of the report and research economist at the IFS, Polly Simpson, said:"The spending cuts analysed in our report have been accompanied by a substantial fall in the number of people receiving social care: down 25% across England, between 2009-10 and 2013-14...

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    LOW-INCOME EARNERS ARE LEFT WITH FEWER AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPTIONS

    According to the NHF report:Chief executive at the National Housing Federation, David Orr, said:"Low-income workers are left with fewer affordable options than ever, though their jobs are absolutely critical to local economies."...Housing associations are in a unique position to step up and deliver the types of homes which the nation, and low-incomes workers, need most."What do you think?Please...

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    THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE

    The online survey posed questions to 1,479 people between ages 14 to 24 to rate which social media platform (of YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter) negatively impact their users.The ratings were to be based on anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying as well as body image and respondents were asked to score each platform on 14 issues pertaining to health and wellbeing.The poll...

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    HOME-SHARING PLATFORMS AND LONDON'S HOUSING CRISIS

    Copley's discussions yesterday at a City Hall meeting  with Airbnb, short term lettings sites, local authorities and community groups focused on the following:In 2015, guidance was issued by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to remove the need for planning permission to rent out a property or room as temporary accommodation for less than 90 days a year.In Camden (which...

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    CIH SCOTLAND POINTS OUT ISSUES WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW SINGLE PAYMENT ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

    Following recent warnings from the Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee about problems with the new Universal Credit system,  CIH Scotland has pointed out some issues with the implementation of the new single payment, such as:The following warnings have also come up as CIH Scotland prepares for its yearly conference which is scheduled to take place at the Scottish Event Campus in...

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    HUNDREDS OF PREGNANT WOMEN WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS ARE AVOIDING SEEKING NHS ANTENATAL CARE

    One NHS trust has contravened its guidelines on maternity care by sending letters to women with complex asylum claims, warning that they will have their antenatal care cancelled if they do not bring credit cards to pay fees of over £5,000 for maternity care.According to NHS rules, it is legal to ask for payment from those who are not eligible for free care because they are not domiciled in the...

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    SAJID JAVID: IF YOU WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP YOU BUILD AND SELL HOMES, YOU HAVE TO SELL THEM ON FAIR TERMS

    Over 100,000 new build homes have been bought with Help to Buy Equity Loans since its introduction in April 2013.However, issues such as the increase of ground rents paid yearly to the house builder and the selling on the freehold interest to a secondary party who was not willing to sell it to the lease-holder, have been persistent.From now, only builders who accept the government's terms of...

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    THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED BY THE BMA TO INCREASE HEALTH SPENDING BY 10 BILLION POUNDS

    This increase in health spending to a proportion of GDP that matched that of the 10 leading economies across Europe could pay for at least 35,000 extra beds a day and many more GP's, according to the union of doctors.This call for investment also comes at a time when the NHS is feeling the strain amid rising demand, staff shortages and pressure on its finances.The Guardian stated the following...

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    DATA SHOWS THAT MORE THAN 23,000 ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE AGAINST CARERS

    The requests submitted by the BBC Radio 4 programme File on 4 showed the following data:A Department of Health Official said:"This government has introduced tougher inspections of care services, given councils access to up to £7.6bn of dedicated funding for social care and will continue to challenge local authorities that do not fulfil their duties under the Care Act".What do you think?Please...

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