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July 2013

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    Charity sees 30% rise in rape and sexual assault reports

    New Pathways is a registered charitable company that provides a range of specialist counselling and advocacy services for women, men, children and young people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.The charity's sexual assault referral centres are used by Welsh police forcesNew Pathways have reported that the number of rapes and sexual assaults has risen by 30% in a year. Referrals have...

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    Creative Consultation With Children And Young People With Autism

    With Autism, some adults and children experience difficulties with verbal and written communication. It was important to use a broad range of consultation methodologies to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to have a meaningful contribution.It can prove difficult for children and young people who have difficulties with both written and verbal communication to be heard by common...

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    Study Finds That Most NHS Nurses Are Too Busy To Fulfil All Care Duties.

    Researchers also found that the most important aspects of care are regularly being left undone. Registered nurses (RNs) working in English NHS hospitals also complained that:"Care is needed but is often not done because of insufficient time.There is a strong relationship between RN staffing levels and the prevalence of care being left undone - and, the better the practice environment the...

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    High Court to rule on bedroom tax for disabled families

    The new housing benefit regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2013 would mean reductions in benefit payments to tenants who are "under-occupying" in their accommodation.This led to families arguing that the regulations will discriminate against housing benefit claimants who are disabled or have disabled family members, as they require the addition room and it breaches their clients'...

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    Social Tenants That Have High Earnings Are Forced To State Their Incomes

    According to the plans made by the Communities and local Government department last week:"The government will enshrine in law that the onus is on tenants who earn above the threshold to reveal their earnings to ensure they are making a fairer contribution.The CLG's response to a consultation on the ‘pay to stay' plans confirms the government wants to press ahead with the controversial scheme,...

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    Housing Redevelopment for the Princess Royal Barracks

    The site is presently a major British Army base and headquarters of the Royal Logistics Corps.Some of its buildings will be converted into apartments and the creation of a new ‘village centre'.Its end result will be the provision of 1,200 new homes.24dash.com reported that:"Deepcut was announced as surplus to military requirements by the MoD in 2008 after detailed analysis revealed that...

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    Child Abuse Search Pop-Up Warnings on Bing

    The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and children's charity the NSPCC did a survey with 327 (social workers) respondents which showed that:Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive said:"Vulnerable young people are now being coerced into sharing explicit images of themselves via mobile phone messages and apps. It's worrying that the majority of social workers surveyed by BASW are...

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    DoH to give local authorities an extra £11.8m of funding

    Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, has announced that local authorities will receive money to cover costs of moving to the new social care data collection system. The new system has been introduced to help improve the way that care and support is measured.The data will be collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and published annually. HSCIC is the national data,...

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    Social Media Gives Hope To Young Cancer Patient

    16 year old, Lauren Scott also known as "Lola" is one of about 70,000 people between ages 15 and 39 who are diagnosed with cancer each year.Lola has been battling this cancer (metastic retroperitoneal undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma) for four years, since December, 2009.She has been through 36 radiation treatments, 5 chemotheraphy protocols and 2 relapses as tumors have spread to her...

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    Mortality rate triggers major concerns

    A recent report by Public Health England has revealed that mortality among older people has been unexpectedly increasing since the beginning of 2012. Health Service Journal (HSJ) has shared this information, which has led Labour to call for an investigation into this rise in deaths of older people.Official figures show 23,400 more deaths of older people than expected in 18 months, with many in...

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    Local resident supports people suffering with drug and alcohol addiction

    Dave Guy is a founding member of Marah, a Christian charitable organisation committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised adults in the Stroud District, helping them to move on from their addictions and circumstances. Just over 18 months ago, Dave decided to then set up the organisation Ebenezer, a Christian charity which helps people in recovery from addiction to reach their true...

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    Bedroom Tax Row Affects Dying Cancer Victim In Birmingham

    She could lose the only home she has ever known after refusing to pay the £23.57-a-week demanded by Birmingham City Council.Veronica was told in February that she faced paying out under the bedroom tax after her daughter moved out of their three-bedroom home in Brook Meadow Road, Shard End.She decided she would fight her case in court but admitted any hearing would have to be quick as she has...

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    UK Government's Plight To End Online Child Sex Abuse

    David Cameron said:"The government plans to "drain the market" of child sexual abuse images online by launching a campaign with the police and internet companies to pursue both the publishers and those who access the material."He also said that:"From the end of 2013 all new computers sold would have filters switched on by default, meaning consumers will have to opt in to access pornography. But...

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    The DWP to bring in additional providers due reports of 'poor quality' of Atos assessors

    Following on from this criticism Atos has received over the past months, the announcement made by Mark Hoban, the employment minister, means the additional providers will be brought in on a regional basis from summer 2014. Hoban said the extra firms will help provide extra capacity to help shorten waiting times.An article from The Guardian reports the following from Hoban:I am committed to...

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    Care Home Top-Up Fees Malpractice Should Stop

    There is a notion that some councils use top-up fees as a "secret subsidy" by which some councils limit their own costs.The councils should monitor these contracts and the government on the other hand should intensify its efforts in signing the care bill into law.Although, councils are in charge of paying the care home fees of poorer pensioners whose assets are below £23,250, their...

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    Substance Misuse Service Raises Awareness

    Rotherham's 'Know the Score' provides drug treatment and relapse prevention for children and young people up to the age of 19 who have problematic drug and alcohol use.  The service is multi-agency and multi-disciplinary, including a psychiatrist, mental health nurse, social workers and project workers.  The service provides practical advice, education and support, as well as psychological and...

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    Ten Tips to Engage Residents Online

    1. Be human. Establishing your online voice will enable your organisation to have a distinct online presence. Be a real person and engage with your residents and keep your content regular.2. Trust your staff to engage with your residents. If they can speak to them over the phone and interact face-to-face, they can surely engage with them online too? It is an instant form of communication and will...

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    Two-Ticks to Indicate a Disabled Applicant can Apply for the Job

    The "two-ticks" symbol, used in England, Scotland and Wales, indicates that disabled applicants are welcome to apply for the vacancy advertised.But what does "two-ticks" actually mean?If you are looking to advertise a job, you must be given permission by Jobcentre Plus to use the Two Ticks symbol. You can get this by showing them you have made 5 commitments:Susanna King of First Practice...

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    Number of People With Dementia is Going Down

    The Lancet, a leading general medical journal and specialty journals in Oncology, Neurology and Infectious Diseases has published a report suggesting older people's risk of dementia is now reduced.New estimates from the first ever study show evidence on how dementia prevalence has changed in the UK over time and suggest that the proportion of people with dementia has fallen. Between 1989 and...

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    Regulator Concerned By Some Associations

    Julian Ashby, the chair of the Homes and Communities Agency regulation committee, said:"The regulator cannot use its ‘statutory powers' to intervene because doing so might trigger a repricing of a housing association's debt, making any financial problems worse."Mr Ashby further said that:"Although the regulator does have financial concerns about some landlords, it is reluctant to indicate this...

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    End of Life Preferences

    "Successive surveys have found that around two thirds of people say that home would be the place they would want to die - but research recently carried out by Demos for the charity Sue Ryder reveals that although 78% of people surveyed said that dying without pain was important to them, only 27% felt that home was a place where they would be free from pain during their final days."Since 2008, the...

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    The Elderly In The Society Could Be Helped By Neighbourhood Watch Groups

    Social care minister Norman Lamb said:"Many older people are living "very lonely lives", without family support....The "principle of neighbourliness" could be extended to address the "extraordinary challenge" presented by an ageing society."There are 173,000 Neighbourhood Watch groups in England and Wales, this system kicked off in the 1980s to encourage local residents to report suspicious...

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    Parents Worried Over Teenagers Online Language

    The Telegraph reported that:According to the study, 81% of teenagers use internet slang.The research suggests these slangs may have grievious consequences as they relate to the presence of an adult and the possibility of meeting a stranger in the real world.Overall, only 30 percent of parents of 10-18 year olds could correctly recognise six popular netspeak terms and their definitions.32% of...

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    Applying for Personal Independence Payments

    The benefits cap of £500 a week rolls out across Britain as part of the changes to the welfare system, the biggest since the 1940s.Couples and lone parents will receive no more than £500 a week, while a £350 limit applies to single people. (You can read our blog on this here.) But how do these benefit changes affect disability benefits?Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is gradually...

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    Benefits Cap Begins Roll-out Across Britain

    The cap which affects all people of working age was introduced in April in four London boroughs - Croydon, Bromley, Haringey and Enfield.It was made to ensure that benefits payments do not go beyond the income of the average working household.The cap began being rolled out in other places on Monday and will be fully implemented by the 30th of September.Benefits that are involved include...

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    Review calls for standardised training for healthcare assistants

    The review, carried out by Camilla Cavendish, Associate Editor, columnist and leader writer for The Times, said healthcare assistants who completed the certificate should be allowed to use the term "nursing assistant" in a bid to reduce the number of current job titles held by support workers. Currently there is 'no minimum training for healthcare assistants'.The introduction of the...

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    Government And The Rent Convergence Policy

    The government is on a plight to cut short its policy of rent restructuring which was made to achieve convergence of social housing rents.Therefore, social landlords will not be able to increase rents by an extra £2 anymore under the rental formula to gradually align properties with their target rent and ensure that similar social homes in similar areas charge similar rents.Graham Duncan,...

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    The Impact Of Sweeping Cuts To Services On The Disabled

    With all areas being attacked at once, helplessness and hopelessness becomes the order of the day for most of the vulnerable people in our society. There will be a meeting for politicians in parliament on Wednesday to debate and vote on behalf of their constituencies.It is great to know that this meeting has finally been agreed upon after the ministers had refused to assess what will happen...

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    The Appaling Aftermath of Bedroom Tax

    "Nineteen local authorities saw a 400% rise compared to the same period last year. And by the end of May, 22% of the £10 million funds made available in Scotland for DHPs by the DWP had been allocated."New data collected by the Scottish government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) shows that all but one of Scotland's councils with housing stock have seen an increase in...

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    Social Media and the Public Sector

    James Kirkham, head of social and mobile at Leo Burnett Worldwide, is sceptical of the approach that government is pushing social media as a means of reducing the costs of communicating.He said: "There is a slightly misunderstood aspect of social media that it is somehow free or that it is purely about earned media and viral potential," In fact, social media is labour intensive, often involving...

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    Funding Shortfall of £14.4bn Could Leave Minimal Local Services

     The LGA said spending on core services such as adult social care, children's social services and refuse collection, will absorb an ever greater share of council funds, with the effect of reducing funding for other council services by 46%.This will mean the running down or closure of services such as libraries, school support schemes and youth clubs, and the shortfall is likely to fall hardest...

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    Lord Freud says Rising Food Poverty is Unrelated to Benefit Cuts

    Last month, figures showed that close to 500,000 people received food aid last year, which is triple the number of people from the previous year, and 100,000 more than anticipated.A Labour MP, Roger Godsiff, warned that the figures were likely to rise even further this year and next, once the effects of the recent benefit cuts are felt, and demanded the government launch an inquiry in to the...

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    How Technology Can Improve Healthcare

     One of the biggest recent improvements has been the digitisation of patient records for the NHS, which has had a big impact on care quality. This is because it can speed up patient care and can enable staff to work more efficiently, as well as helping to solve the long lasting problem of data sharing between departments, which is always widely criticised for mistakes and problems that occur...

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    Can you prevent dementia by keeping your brain active?

    Previous research has shown that lifestyle is a contributing factor to your risk of dementia, with an Alzheimer's research work showing the best way to reduce your risk of having dementia is to eat a balanced diet, exercise and stay slim.American researchers have now added to this theory, as they publish a study showing that mental challenges throughout life can reduce the onset of cognitive...

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    Adass Warns of Risk of Changes on Adult Social Care

    Last week the government published new eligibility criteria in an attempt to end the postcode lottery of adult social care; the new rules state that all councils in England would have to fund social care services for anyone deemed to have 'substantial needs'.These are designed to be the equivalent to the 'substantial' band that is currently in place, and as 86% of councils already use this as the...

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    Salvation Army Plan to Tackle Substace Misuse

     The Salvation Army today announced an expansion of their social work, to increase outreach work to support communities with alcohol dependency and its effects on health, families and futures.The new system called the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is designed to use the community to encourage a change in drinking habits or drug use.CRA has been proven successful in New Zealand and will...

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    Charities Could Gain £175m From Payroll Giving

     Payroll giving is where people are able to give to charity from their salary before tax is deducted; there are currently around 735,000 payroll donors in the UK who gave a combined £118million to charity in 2011/12, but this is the equivalent of only 1 in 34 employees donating through payroll giving.This is likely to be because only 8,500 of the UK's 4.8 million employers offer their employees...

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    Big Society Receive Extra £s;1m Grant

    The Big Society Network (BSN) was launched by the Prime Minister in 2010, but have recently been shown to be failing.One project had the Cabinet Office refuse to pay a final cash installment as it failed to deliver, and ended their support following slow progress.However, an inquiry has been requested after the BSN has received a £1 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and £150,000 from the...

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    Government Protects Night Shelter Housing Benefit

    Earlier this year, a homeless shelter in Salford had to close after councils began to reassess definition of a 'home' and their eligibility criteria for housing benefit when staying in a night shelter.This is following a court ruling on a case in Wales from 2012; a judge ruled that the council was not liable to pay housing benefit to an individual to cover the costs of overnight stays at a...

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    Increased Social Care Funding Could Reduce GPs

     George Osborne's announcement of shared funding across health and social care to create a combined service has sparked concern from the Royal College of General PractitionersAccording to the Royal College, the increased funding for social care could mean a reduction of £180 million to GP funding, the equivalent of 2,390 doctors being axed.However, the Department of Health say that it is...

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    Postcode Lottery in Social Care to End?

    The draft rules will come in to force from 2015 and is an attempt to remove the postcode lottery that older and disabled people are affected by in social care. This is when different local authorities offer different services depending on what they have available, so a person's needs would qualify for assistance in some areas and not in others creating social care assistance subject to...

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    Work Programme is Failing to Meet Targets

     According to the DWP, official figures show an increase in people finding work through the work programme.However, they have been heavily criticised as it is still only finding work for 5% of the hardest to help people and the figures show that the scheme has missed all of it's own targets.Crisis, a homelessness charity, have branded the programme a 'miserable failure' after the figures were...

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