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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 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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    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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    CHARITY WORKS TOWARDS A NATIONAL PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS

    Prime minister, Theresa May and the first ministers of Scotland and Wales congratulated "Crisis" on its anniversary and gave an assurance to work hand in hand with them while on a quest to eradicate homelessness.'Crisis' aims for the following:According to Prime Minister, Theresa May:"No one should be forced to sleep on our streets, and this government is determined to end homelessness in all...

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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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    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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    IS THE QUALITY OF ADULT SOCIAL CARE DETERIORATING?

    The BBC analysed data collated by the charity "Skills for Care" and revealed that:25 year old, Trudi Hewitt, who works at a care home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, said:"This is not the job I'm going to be doing for the rest of my career."I really care about the people I look after, but I just feel that the care sector is a dead end job."It's upsetting and disheartening when you find out that...

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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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    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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    REPORT FINDS THAT THERE IS AN INCREASE IN HEART DISEASES WHICH COSTS THE NHS ABOUT 1.2 BILLION POUNDS YEARLY

    Report by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) finds that over 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive and this increases the risk of heart disease which costs the NHS about £1.2 billion yearly.According to the report, "inactive" is defined as not achieving the government guidelines for physical activity of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week and strength...

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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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    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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    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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    MILLIONS OWED TO THE GOVERNMENT DUE TO 'OVERPAYMENT' ERRORS TO TENANTS

    The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) complained about wasting money that belongs to taxpayers, yesterday.The following official figures were released:According to the Sun, chief exec at the Taxpayers Alliance, John O'Connell, said:"The welfare system remains so complicated that even officials at DWP are struggling to get their sums right."The Department has to improve because when we're...

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    GOVERNMENT MAY ROLL AFFORDABLE HOUSING INTO A NEW CIL REGIME

    At the moment, CIL rates are fixed locally as a percentage of development value and are based on local infrastructure priorities which are not mandatory for councils to put into effect.According to Gavin Barwell, the Housing Minister, site-specific negotiations over Section 106 payments could be removed to create a centralised fixed tariff in the next budget which will cover all new...

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    PATIENTS WITH DELAYED RELEASE FROM HOSPITAL OCCUPY OVER 2,500 HOSPITAL BEDS

    'Bed-blocking' occurs when patients are fit to leave the hospital but other issues prevent them from getting discharged.According to the BBC, in spite of the fact that the NHS is to blame for most delayed transfers, the numbers attributable to social care are also on the rise.While analysing delays caused by social care pressures, the BBC England data unit made the following findings:Prime...

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    RESEARCH SHOWS THAT SVR MORTGAGES ARE ALREADY HIGH AND COULD RISE EVEN FURTHER

    Those on the SVR mortgage rates are already on typically higher rates and this could rise even further. These rates would not be advantageous considering the rise in cost of living.The following findings were made by L&C after analysing types of mortgage deals homeowners are on:David Hollingworth from L&C Mortgages said:"It is worrying to see so many people still on a Standard Variable Rate...

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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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    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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