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November 2013

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    ‘Homesteading' to tackle empty English homes

    Homesteading is a process which sees vacant properties being sold at a discount to people who renovate them to create their own homes and was popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s.New independent research from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with charity Empty Homes, looks into the number of empty homes in England and how they could be reduced through the scheme.Shortage of housing in the...

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    Wheelchair controlled by body piercing

    Through the movement of a tiny magnet in tongue piercing sensors are able to detect and then convert the movements into commands which are able to control a range of devices. A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology had made the leap from body are to wheelchairs because of the suppleness of the tongue. The team said it was harnessing the tongue's "amazing" deftness.A large section of the...

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    Many people suffering with dementia aren't being formally diagnosed

    The findings have come from a government report which shows wide variations in standards of dementia care with three quarters of patients in the best arrears receiving a formal diagnosis but only a third in the worst areas are. An interactive online map is publishing the figures which Jeremy Hunt said would help raise standards by allowing patients to see which parts of the county were guilty of...

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    Many people suffering with dementia aren't being formally diagnosed

    The findings have come from a government report which shows wide variations in standards of dementia care with three quarters of patients in the best arrears receiving a formal diagnosis but only a third in the worst areas are. An interactive online map is publishing the figures which Jeremy Hunt said would help raise standards by allowing patients to see which parts of the county were guilty of...

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    Mobile Technology And Social Media Now raises A Quarter Of Charity Funds

    The report was commissioned by Three to support its partnership with men's health charity, Movember.Three had researched the charitable behaviour of 2,000 smartphones in partnership with BrainJuicer, they reported that donations from mobile phones increased by 242 percent between 2011 and 2012.Director of corporate affairs at Three, Hugh Davies, said:"The internet and smartphones have changed...

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    Housing association tenants ‘working but claiming benefits'

    Launched this week by the g15 group of London's largest housing associations, The Real London Lives project shows that only 21% of tenants are unemployed. 60% of people need housing benefit to pay all or part of their rent, the research by Centre for Housing Policy at University of York has found, reports Inside Housing.The project will look at the effect of the welfare changes on 1,640 tenants...

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    Charities want shorter waiting times for patients suffering with their mental health

    Over one in ten people with mental health problems have to wait over a year before receiving treatment and over half have to wait longer than three months.The We Need To Talk Coalition has said that delays alongside a lack of choice create a devastating effect on people who were not getting the right treatment and others were turning to private treatment. It has said that the NHS should offer a...

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    Welfare reform sees rent collection rates drop

    Housemark have used data from over 190 landlords who collective manage 1.5 million properties to see the impact of welfare changes on income, arrears and rent collection costs. The report found that the proportion of rent collected fell from 99.5% in April to June last year to 98.9% in April to September.It is said that the figures show "a marked increase in arrears among poorer performing...

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    Charity says bedroom tax is meaning disabled people are ‘forced to cut back'

    The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) has revealed findings in a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith which has called on the government to take immediate action to exempt disabled people their families and carers from the policy, reports 24dash. The letter states that: "Before the policy was implemented, we warned that it would hit disabled people and carers for whom...

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    Council reports majority of bedroom tax victims are in arrears

    The council has seen the amount of residents in arrears double since the April introduction of the under-occupancy policy. The cut in housing benefit means that every Salford family struck by the tax is losing at least £725 per year.‘Feeling the Pain' is the councils report which details how thousands in the city are struggling to make ends meet as a result of the government's cuts and welfare...

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    A big rise in winter deaths

    It is estimated that there were 31,100 excess winter deaths last year which is a 29% increase on the previous winter. The Office for National Statistics shows that many of the deaths included people aged over 75 and cold weather and flu were largely to blame.Last winter was milder than average in December however a prolonged period of lower than average temperatures occurred, reports the BBC.The...

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    Housing trust supporting victims of domestic abuse

    The first of the two programmes will begin in January and will consist of twelve weekly sessions which look into the effect of domestic abuse and the road to recovery. It aims to provide victims with life-long tools to enable them to enjoy health relationships in the future.There will also be a separate eight-week programme for young victims will also begin in the New Year, which will offer tools...

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    Housing association partners with a food bank to help vulnerable tenants

    They will also provide support to customers getting into work and refer those with drug or alcohol problems to specialist services. Vouchers will also be handed out to the 7,200 home providers most vulnerable customers for food parcels which can be ex-changes for three-day's worth of food from the food bank, reports 24dash. Sarah Turner, Caldmoreaccord's community housing officer, said: "We are...

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    £1million in rent arrears and 700 empty properties in Wales due to bedroom tax

    Commenting on the research, CHC chief executive Nick Bennett, said: "Just six months into this policy, we see a double whammy affecting the supply crisis. We've seen a surge in the number of ‘void' or empty properties and 78% of our members have seen an increase in rent arrears, with over £1 million attributed to the ‘bedroom tax'."The research highlights 51% of tenants are paying the...

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    NHS to close ‘mortality gap' for mental illness

    NHS leaders are calling on those who are commissioning services to help close the "shocking mortality gap" which sees people with a mental illness have life expectancies ten years shorter than the population as a whole.A blunt message from NHS England has said that targeted cancer screening, regular checks for cardiovascular and physical health and smoking cessation programmes should all be...

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    How To Make Social Media Work For Your Charity

    Many organisations have truly embraced social media and have embedded it into their fundraising and marketing strategies while others have not.According to research by The Guardian:"More than a quarter of the time you and I spend online is spent on a social media site - this is more than we spend emailing, online shopping, or on anything else."Individual platforms come and go (for example,...

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    24-hour phone service for the elderly to combat loneliness

    This helpline can be used by older people throughout the UK.The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It will:The telephone number is 0800 40 70 80 90.Chairwomen Esther Rantzen set up The Silver Line as the statistics about older people and loneliness are ‘frightening'. More...

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    The Government Has Spent Over 700 Million Pounds On Cold Weather Payments

    Housing News reports that Cold Weather Payments are made for each 7-day period of very cold weather - if temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.As winter kicks off, new figures reveal that the government has spent more than 706 million Pounds since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments aiding those most in need keep warm...

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    Five New Towns To Be Built By Labour

    Inside Housing revealed in September that Labour has commissioned pilot projects to look at ways councils can work more closely with housing associations and developers to double house building by 2020.The party is looking at diverse ideas, including the formation of council-controlled housing companies to foster development.Reynolds also said:"The last time there was a massive increase in...

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    Navigating your city as a wheelchair user

    Handimap acts as a toolbox to support accessibility. The creators of Handimap made the observation that very few applications exist to the public who may have physical disabilities.Based in France at present, their goal is to make use of mapping technologies to share information that may help people with disabilities or reduced mobility to understand the movement in the city.Currently operating...

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    Clare's Law Expected To Take Effect Nationwide In March 2014

    This pilot scheme ran in Greater Manchester, Gwent, Wiltshire and Nottingham, where about 400 women were given information  which has helped victims of domestic violence  and as a result, will be extended nationwide.Clare's law was trialled for 12 months from September 2012 to allow women to check police records to see if a partner has a violent past. It is expected to take effect from...

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    London council housing 70 families in ‘loophole'

    Westminster Council has been criticised due it housing families in temporary accommodation beypn the six week legal limit as well as being accused of using a ‘loophole' in the law by opposition councillors.  Whilst it is illegal to house families in B&Bs for more than six weeks, however there is no legal limit if the accommodation is "self-contained," meaning it has its own front door, reports...

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    Avoidable elderly emergency admissions rising

    The Care Quality Commissions has revealed that 530,000 over 65's were admitted in England as an emergency for a preventable cause over the last year. This is a rise of more than 40% since 2007/8. Dehydration and infections which could've been prevented are classed as avoidable admissions, reports the BBC.One in ten of all over 75's and a fifth of over 90's admitted were for one of the above...

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    No improvement since Mid Staffs scandal

    No improvement has been made by hospitals in patient safety or treating the ill with dignity and respect after the Mid Staffordshire scandal reports the CQC. 47% of problems the CQC identified had a major or moderate impact on patients, which is more than the previous year when the visit was 39%. Poor care was found in 10% of all hospitals.The report said: "In the aftermath of the failures of...

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    £150m for English A&E's this winter

    With many A&E's already missing the four-hour waiting time target ministers are said to be worried about how hospitals will cope over the winter, reports the BBC. The money is set to come on top of the £500m bailout fund announced in the summer which is being spread over two years. Ministers said that this money would help the NHS prepare properly.Dame Barbara Hakin, NHS England's deputy chief...

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    OECD: Antidepressant use on the rise

    Figures show that doctors in countries with more wealth are writing prescriptions for more than one in ten adults. Iceland, Australia, Canada and other European Nordic countries are leading the way, reports the Guardian. Research from America shown that over 10% of adults use the medication and in China the use of antidepressants has grown by 20% over the last three years.In the report named,...

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    Development of small properties begins due to bedroom tax

    Social landlord Riverside received the land in Knotty Ash by Liverpool City Council as part of a Mayoral pledge to deliver new homes in the city by 2005. The properties will be one and two bedroom homes."People in Liverpool are crying out for smaller properties following the introduction of the under-occupancy charge. We are delighted to be able to assist this demand while also helping Liverpool...

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    Care for those who have self-harmed is lacking

    Research into 32 hospitals over a three-month period highlighted a marked variability in the care provided.  Over two-thirds of self-harm patients didn't receive specialist psychological assessments and it showed that little improvement had occurred over a decade. Senior author of the study, Professor Nav Kapur, said: "We were surprised to find that despite national guidelines and policy...

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    Hospitals to pay for errors that result in injury or death

    As well as financial penalties, hospitals have to provide patients with a named consultant during their stay in an attempt to improve the safety of care across the NHS. Part of the plans also sees the legalisation of hospitals obliged to tell patients or relatives if treatment has harmed or killed someone through a new statutory "duty of candour" on providers of care. Doctors, nurses and other...

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    Help is needed for the poorest families struggling with debt

    The Centre for Social Justice has said that the average UK household has debts of around £54,000, including mortgages, which is almost double the level of a decade ago. They say that the poorest 10% of households have debts that average more than four times their income. They believe that these households need affordable credit and free debt advice. The report, titled Maxed Out, led by former...

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    Workplace mental health service

    The plan called Healthy Minds, intends to provide early intervention through employee engagement, online self-help programmes and round-the-clock support for people with mild to moderate psychological disorders like stress, anxiety and depression. Employees are able to self-refer themselves to the service, without the need for a GP appointment, reports Workplace Savings and Benefits.Bupa has said...

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    Homes to be heated by London Underground

    Islington Council's Bunhill Heat and Power heat network will run the scheme and they already supply more than 700 homes with greener heating. The new project will see the network will be expanded to capture and utilise two local sources of waste heat. One will come from a London underground ventilation shaft and the other will come from a sub-station owned and operated by UK Power Networks. Under...

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    Welfare reform is making it difficult to let homes

    94% of landlords surveyed by the CIH are experiencing an increased pressure on their letting or allocation systems. Over half are experiencing a loss of rental income as a result of void properties which can't be let due to welfare reform.Almost two thirds of respondents have reported struggling to let two and three bedroom homes as a result of the bedroom tax and the shortfall created by the...

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    Hospitals must publish ward staffing levels

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has introduced monthly mandatory reporting of staffing levels on hospital wards, however is said that the idea of enforcing a fixed minimum nurse-patient ration will be rejected.The proposals have derived from the aftermath of the Mid Staffordshire scandal where hundreds of patients died due to poor failings in care. Hunt is said to be likely to propose that the...

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    Robots to care for the elderly?

    The life expectancy of people today is at the highest it has ever been. In Japan, where the world's oldest population lives, £14.3m has been allocated in the 2013 budget to develop robots to help with care.Toyota is developing devices which will help elderly people with mobility support and Toli Corp has created a mat with a wireless sensor that can track and deliver feedback if an elderly...

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    Council offices turning into food banks

    The vacant building had originally been earmarked for sale as part of the council's accommodation strategy however it will now be let at a peppercorn licence fee to help feed struggling families.The agreement will also see two previously unemployed local residents being given jobs within the social enterprise. A six-month licence has been issued to Camden Foodbank Ltd, which is linked to the...

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    GP ten minute appointments to be removed

    There have been a number of requirements being removed during the latest round of contract negotiations between the government and doctors' leaders.On average consultations in England are said to last for around twelve minutes. In the new change GPs say they will be able to have greater flexibility over how they organise their appointments.The removal of the ten minute minimum slot for booked...

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    Wilful neglect to be made a criminal offence

    Under changes made to NHS England and Wales following the numerous care scandals that have emerged recently wilful neglect will be made a criminal offence.  The offence will be modelled on one punishable act that could be punishable by up to five years in prison under the Mental Capacity Act. The proposals are said to be unveiled next week, however doctor's leaders have said that the threat of...

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    Councils unaware of homeless placements

    In the past twelve months to June 789 households were housed in 69 local authority areas and despite legislation stating that recipient local authorities must be informed of any placements, it has been revealed by Inside Housing reveals councils are not always being told. Dartford received 205 placements between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 however has no knowledge of any homeless families...

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    Pledge by councillors to build new council homes

    However research by the Smith Institute found that only 10% actually plan to build more than 1,000 homes over the next ten years and 75% of councillors said they would borrow to build new housing if the government lifted the debt cap.From the survey it was found that councillors do plan to build new homes under the revenue account and new build council housing was also indicated as a main...

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    Seeking medical help early will ease pressure on A&E

    In a plan to reduce the pressure on A&E's ill people are urged to seek help sooner rather than later so that less patients go to A&E.Elderly and frail people with existing conditions can see these become worse in winter and NHS England say they shouldn't leave it too late to seek help. It has said that A&E departments become congested in winter as larger portion of frail and elderly patients who...

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    Criminals should no longer receive a second caution

    The change relates to "simple cautions" given mainly for "low level" offences such as shoplifting and criminal damage. Ministers say that only two would be granted in "exceptional circumstances". Police are able to use cautions instead of prosecuting if people admit offences. Concerns have been raised that cautions are being used to deal with repeat offenders and the government have pledged to...

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    Help for elderly people preparing for cold weather

    Alongisde the housing association is its maintenance company, Housing Maintenance Solutions, who are taking to the streets to hand out packs to residents that are aged 80 and over to ensure they are fully prepared for winter.In the packs tenants will also find a dynamo torch and information leaflets providing heating, health and financial advice, reports 24dash.The social landlord has also...

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    # Housing Day

    For 24 hours people involved in housing, whether it be landlords, suppliers, workers, housing association and even tenants can share a ‘day in the life' over Twitter. The benefit from this activity is that it allows people to see what it is you do within the day. No matter it is you're doing today, share it on Twitter and give people a further insight into what you're doing.It will also alert...

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    New two-tier plan to solve A&E crisis

    NHS England's medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, has said that it is an illusion to think that all hospitals are as good as each other.  He says that it was absolutely necessary to rethink under-pressure A&E services because too many people turn up there who do not need emergency care. Almost 40% of people leave A&E without any treatment, frail and elderly people end up waiting hours and...

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    Labour loses bedroom tax changes

    MPs voted by a majority of 26 to reject the bedroom tax which removes payments to council tenants' properties that are seen to be ‘under-occupied'. However two Liberal Democrat MPs backed Labour's motions.The government believes that it will be able to save £500m as a result of the changes. It argues that the policy was introduced to reduce the housing benefit bill and free up homes for...

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    London will have a 100,000 home shortfall by 2018

    London has a five year pipeline of 28,500 homes per year however it needs closer to 50,000, real estate adviser Savills has warned. In their report it shows that 57% of demand comes from the lowest end of the market however it is not being met which accounts for 21,500 of the shortfall. The report warns that businesses may be driven out of the capital unless the amount of affordable homes is...

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    NHS patients at risk due to nursing cuts

    Some NHS hospitals are functioning with 20,000 less nurses than needed, a new report from ministers has warned.Across the NHS in England there are a total of 19,526 full-time nursing posts left unfilled due to the Whitehall-ordered drive to save £20bn by 2015 in "efficiency gains".The RCN's chief executive Dr Peter Carter, has said that the health service is about to be hit by "a hidden...

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    Almost two-third of adults keep schizophrenia a secret from their employers

    The research, taken by charity Rethink Mental Illness, found that only 35% of people would be open with their boss if they found out they had the illness.Using an online YouGov poll of more than 2,000 adults one in four said they wouldn't tell a friend if they had the illness either and more than three-quarters wouldn't tell a neighbour. CBI, a business group, says that more needs to be done by...

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    People Struggle To Pay For Expensive Smartphone Deals

     According to MSN, the trust also records 13,389 calls between January and August, a 15% increase on the same period a year ago.It said that in 2007, one in 25 calls (4%) were about phone debt, but has increased to one in nine (11%).The charity suggested that the rising use of smartphones is a factor behind the increased number of calls.Many people see smartphones as a must-have product and...

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    Those at highest risk of heart attack could be identified

    A method of scanning the heart which uses high resolution images and radioactive traces could help doctors identify people who are at the highest risk of a heart attack. The test has been developed by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, can identify dangerous fatty plaques in the heart's arteries, which can lead to clots if they rupture, reports the Guardian.The radioactive tracers seek...

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    1,030 new homes and £110m repairs contract from one council

    Last Thursday night the planning committee approved 1,030 new apartments, 231 of which shall be affordable. Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said: "The new homes, with their bold and exciting architecture will replace the lifeless, out-of town, retail-park look the area is associated with. The new Decathlon store will be retained as an anchor to the town centre we're...

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    More pressure will be placed on A&E if NHS walk-in centres are closed

    Whilst NHS walk-in clinics are hugely popular almost a quarter of them have been closed in the past three years. Many of those offered seven-day care and evening opening hours.Health service regulator, Monitor, has said that there was a danger that closures could leave many patient without access to GP care. It is believed those hardest hit will be those unable to register with a surgery, as well...

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    Council plans not to evict tenants in arrears due to bedroom tax

    Thanet District Council will vote at a cabinet meeting on 14 November on plans to support tenants hit by the government's welfare reform.In the proposals it states that no legal action will be taken against tenants who are in arrears due to the bedroom tax, unless two offers of a smaller property have been made.The council also plans to make 25% of its stock available on direct lets for tenants...

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    National old age social care loans scheme

    The Local government Association have said that the government could set up a company to lend money which would be paid back from a person's estate once they pass on. A scheme like this is already run by numerous local authorities and the government is said to be keen to create a nationwide system. However the LGA says that the government should underwrite it, rather than councils.The government...

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    Benefit sanctions could see nearly 450,000 people at risk of homelessness

    Department for Work and Pensions figures show that 447,000 people have had their benefits stopped since October 2012. Of that number 215,000 were jobseekers who saw their benefits stopped for at least a month.Research by Crisis looking into its clients placed on the government's work programme found that benefit sanctions were often unfair or made in error, reports 24dash.Leslie Morphy, Crisis...

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    Online mental health mentors

    On the website MindFull people are able to mentor and help other suffering with mental health issues. Volunteers give advice and support to others online. Sixteen year old Jessica volunteers and says that "It's quite nice to know the person you're speaking to has been through it themselves, so they understand what you're going through and won't be flippant or dismissive," reported by BBC...

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    £12bn NHS bill cap for drug industry

    The government has agreed a deal with the pharmaceutical industry to cap the NHS drugs bill at about £12bn, with companies paying the excess if doctors prescribe medicine that goes over that limit. Negotiations have been taking place for over 18 months and the Department of Health have announced a deal that will keep the bill for more expensive branded medicines flat for two years, and then will...

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    Universal Credit is facing further criticism

    The Commons Public Accounts Committee has said that the oversight of the Universal Credit scheme had been "alarmingly weak". Warning signs have been missed and a "fortress culture" has been claimed among officials. Criticisms by the cross-party committee echo those by the National Audit Office who have said that the management of the £2.4bn project had been weak and financial controls had been...

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    Sanctions against benefits claimants climb

    The number of benefit claims subject to sanction is at the highest it has ever been since statistics began to be published, the Department of Work and Pensions figures show. The figures have been delayed for months and show that since the new benefit regime was introduced last October. Many unemployed people have had their benefit payments suspended due to either a failure to look for work,...

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    Overcrowding in A&E's can cost lives

    The college of Emergency Medicine's dramatic intervention in the debate over how to relieve the pressure on A&E units comes during warnings that the NHS could be facing its toughest winter ever. The college has created a list of changes it wants NHS England and ministers to make and the college says that it is vital to "ensure 'exit block' does not occur. Crowding increases mortality," reports...

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    £15m loan to increase affordable homes

    The council have provided the loan to Soha Housing, for 20 years, and will be secured on the social landlord's current properties.With the loan Soha Hosing will be able to access low cost funding and at least 75% of the home built with the funds must be within the council's area. The remaining affordable properties have to be within 10 miles of the district.The money will also contribute to the...

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    Depression said to be the second largest cause of disability

    Experts writing in the journal PLOS Medicine say that the disease must be treated as a global public health priority. In a study the experts compared clinical depression with more than 200 other diseases and injuries as a cause of disability. The World Health Organisation says that globally there are only a few patients who have access to treatment.Whilst depression was ranked at number two as a...

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    Computer software to spot cancer

    The software will estimate the risk of five types of cancer, even hard-to-detect conditions, based on the symptoms the patient presents. If it believes cancer to be a possible diagnosis it alerts the GP and suggests further tests. Some practises in England and Wales have been testing the software in a pilot scheme, which is partially funded by the Department of Health, reports the BBC.Macmillan...

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    1,000 new homes a year

    ‘Plans for Homes' was unveiled by Plymouth Council on Friday at the South West Housing Summit. As well as releasing the land the council will also be making £50m of affordable loans available to a group of social landlords in the city to develop homes on the councils land, reports Inside Housing.The council aims to offer these home to first time buyer with affordable rent and housing...

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    Delays in benefits affects terminally ill

    The charity has described the situation the terminally ill patients find themselves in as "appalling".  Macmillan says that early indications from their advisers working in hospitals and citizens advice bureaux are that the changes have left hundreds without support, reports the BBC.A spokeswoman for the DWP have said that under the new PIPs, terminally ill cancer patients were "fast-tracked"...

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    80% rise in rent arrears is expected by housing providers

    Baker Tilly, a law firm, found that the average level of rent arrears was 2.64% in the year ending 2013 but it was due to rise in 4.82% in 2014-15. The findings are supported by Baker Tilly's back office benchmarking which found that housing providers were budgeting for debts of 1.85% in the current financial year which is up from 0.86% last year, which is a rise of 115%, reports 24dash.84% of...

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    Police chief calls for national dementia database

    Sir Peter, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester said: "It will enable the caring agencies to give a much better service when we receive a call and decide how to treat it." The Alzheimer's Society, however, said that I could end up causing more problems than it may solve.It is estimated that there are 800,000 people within the UK who are suffering from some form of dementia, with that figure set...

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    Families with children in B&B accommodation is at its highest

    There are 2,090 families living in this form of emergency housing, which is an 8% of increase on 2012 figures. The use of bed and breakfast accommodation has been rising since 2009, however legislation stipulates that this type of accommodation should be avoided for families. If families do find themselves in B&B's they should be there for no longer than six weeks.Research by charity, Shelter,...

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    DWP ‘urgent bulletin' about bedroom tax tribunal decisions

    The bulletin is seen as a sign that the DWP is becoming concerned about tribunals upholding tenant appeals. The DWP says that this is needed as they may appeal against decisions even if councils have chosen not to.The document says:  ‘The DWP needs to get a clearer picture of the number of first tier tribunal decisions where the removal of the spare room subsidy is the main issue.‘Local...

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    YouTube used to recruit staff for NHS Highland

    The video promotes vacancies in the hospitals cancer treatment services, which is said to be the first in a series to attract new employees. The film is aimed to dismiss the misconceptions about the Highlands.Last month NHS Highland was unsuccessful in a second attempt to fill seven GP vacancies, reports the BBC.Within the film numerous staff members discuss what the health board and the...

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    New approach needed for domestic abuse

    A group from Manchester University are calling for a national mentoring programme for young people at risk of becoming abusers. They recommend that lessons on domestic violence prevention should be in every school. The government says that it expects the subject to be taught "as part of sex and relationship education". A spokesman for the Home Office said that it had guaranteed nearly £40m to...

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