Blog Archive

January 2014

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    Pledge to protect vulnerable tenants could be backpedalled

    Current rules allow some supported housing (exempt accommodation) to be protected from the new welfare reforms such as bedroom tax, benefit cap and universal credit. However, accommodation is not exempt if the landlord is not the provider of care or if the landlord is a council. Last April the welfare reform minister said that officials at the Department for Work and Pensions were working to...

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    Tablets for tenants

    A2Dominion have passed out the tablets as part of a scheme to help its tenants get online. The tenants all currently live in Chimney Court, a Reading sheltered housing scheme and have been given a brand new Samsung tablet. The tablets have been pre-loaded with ‘Breezie' which is an interface designed to help those who are less-familiar with technology navigate the tablet and search popular...

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    Council of Europe says the level of UK benefits is inadequate

    This inadequate level is due to the fact it falls below 40% of the median income of European states. The finding comes from an annual review of the UK's adherence to the council's European social charter and is said to likely provoke a new dispute between the government and European legal structures.  Whilst the Council of Europe has said the conclusions were legally binding, the DWP suggest the...

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    Inspection finds offenders with learning disabilities are not being supported

    The inspection looking into the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice systems was conducted by HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and the Care Quality Commission. Inspectors for the services alongside the Care Quality Commission, estimate that 30% of people going through the criminal...

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    Domestic violence victims challenging benefit cap

    The families are appealing a High Court decision in November which found that the £26,000 a year cap didn't breach human rights laws and were not disproportionate, reports Inside Housing.  Due to the benefits cap household benefits are limited to £500 per week. Campaign groups, which includes Women Against Rape, are arguing that this affects women who have fled their homes due to domestic...

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    The number of Mental Health Act detentions is up by 12%

    Over the past year the act was used 50,000 to detain patients in hospital. This is the highest ever record.The Care Quality Commission has also criticised the use of blanket bans on activities such as using the Internet or mobile phone and access to outdoor space. Inspectors found one or more such rule in place in three-quarters of wards, reports the BBC.The report has said that this "widespread...

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    MPs say many benefit claimants wrongly lose benefits due to ‘haphazard' approach to assessment

    The work and pensions select committee have said that claimants were in many cases wrongly losing their benefits due to a "haphazard" approach of assessing claimants meaning that individual needs or problems were often misunderstood. Their report claims that jobcentre staff refer many claimants for a benefit sanction inappropriately or "in circumstances in which common sense would dictate that...

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    Search engine to help those with a learning disability

    Dobson's Choice has been available in the UK since autumn 2013  and calls itself a "'Google' for people with learning disabilities." The site helps users find websites that are interesting and relevant whilst also making them accessible for those who may struggle with standard web browsers.Users are able to customise the site so that the text is a viewable size whilst also changing the...

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    WakeOrDonate app helps charity's gain donations

    WakeOrDonate is a mobile phone app which will make a donation to a charity each time the snooze button is pressed on someone's phone alarm. The app has been developed by Ronan Finnegan, a nineteen year old on a gap year between the end of his A-levels and going to University.Mr Finnegan said that 14% of staff show up late for work due to pressing the snooze button and this costs the UK's economy...

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    Homeless youths see lack of emergency accommodation and half are rejected by their parents

    Research found that 44% of young people approaching councils with homelessness applications said that their parents were no longer willing to house them.  The survey looked into 169 councils and homelessness charities found a lack of accommodation for young people, with 68% of respondents reporting that there was not enough youth-specific housing within their area. 43% of local authorities said...

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    £90m for landlord to build affordable homes

    Helena Partnerships Ltd is aiming to build social and affordable homes in the North West over the next five years using money borrowed from Warrington Council.Leader of Warrington Council, Terry O'Neil, has described the loan as win-win, reports Inside Housing.He said: "This is one of those genuine win-win opportunities. This loan will help drive regeneration. It will stimulate house building and...

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    Over a million sickness benefit applicants found to be ‘fit for work'

    The DWP claims that 980,400 people were judged capable of work between 2008 and March 2013; 32% of new applicants for Employment and Support Allowance. Over a million others withdrew their claims after interviews. Disability campaigners have said that the work tests were "ridiculously harsh and extremely unfair". A spokesman for Disability Rights UK has said that many of those passed fit will not...

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    Charity says older cancer patients are being written off rather than being treated

    Leading charity Macmillan Cancer Support are warning that older cancer patients are being "written off" due to their age with some being deemed as too old for treatment and were not assessed on their overall fitness.Joint research from the charity and the National Cancer Intelligence Network also found that tens of thousands of pensioners diagnosed with cancer have survived for at least a decade....

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    London boroughs spending over £0.5bn on emergency accommodation

    Councils have spent a total of £630m on accommodation consisting of hotels and bed and breakfasts for families found as homeless. Freedom of information requests revealed in a Press Association reports highlight that Haringey Council had the largest bill. It had spent a total of £197m on emergency accommodation, reports Inside Housing.Shadow housing minister, Emma Reynolds said that the figures...

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    Newcastle council publish report on the "chilling" impact of the bedroom tax

    The reports says that the government's policies are costing the council and local housing providers millions of pounds due to unpaid rent and residents are being forced to downsize into smaller accommodation, reports 24dash. Within the report it says that the impact on individuals would be much greater if it weren't for the "hard-pressed" local authority alongside the voluntary and community...

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    North west landlords find arrears up by £1.7m

    Data collected from social landlords in Merseyside, have found that arrears had risen from £21.1m at the end of December 2012 to £22.9m at the end of December 2013.Eight landlords in the survey said they had helped their tenants gain access to £9.1m in benefits which they previously had not been claiming in the 2013/14 financial year, reports Inside Housing.Lynn Bundu, assistant director of...

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    LifeKit helps customers with Welfare Reforms

    LifeKit,  which has been launched by the housing trust this month, is a self-help guide for customers which proved help, advice, support and helpful tips in a number of aspects of life. The focus is on money matters to help those concerned about welfare reform. There are five sections on LifeKit; Manage Your Money, Your Home, Your Job, Get Online and Save Money. This offers customers the chance...

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    £10m set aside for temporary housing in Oxford

    Over the next year councils are planning to spend millions of pounds on more temporary accommodation for homeless families next year due to an increased need from welfare reforms and rising private sector rents.When finalising their budgets for 2014/15 Oxford council is planning to dedicate extra money to temporary accommodation from April. It has allocated £10m for 2014 to 2017 to purchase...

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    Charity appeals for business mentors to help the homeless

    The charity supports over 10,000 people a year and helps them into housing whilst also running work and learning projects for its current and former homeless clients. The mentoring scheme is funded by corporate supporter Telereal Trilllium and is designed to help people looking for work make steps towards employment. Mentors are meant to support clients to improve CVs and job interview techniques...

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    Disabled tenants appeal housing benefit cuts

    Since April last year, people seen to have one spare bedroom have had their housing benefits reduced by 14%, whilst those with two or more spare bedrooms have seen reductions of 25%, reports the BBC. Opening the appeal is Martin Westgate QC who maintained that judges failed to scrutinise the government regulations properly.He said: "If the High Court had applied the correct approach it would...

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    Housing benefit claimants being turned away by landlords

    Four in five landlords surveyed have said that they are unwilling to let properties to tenants who receive housing benefits due to changes to welfare payments. The survey by SpareRoom.co.uk has found that a sharp decline has occurred in the number of landlords offering homes to claimants.A poll consisting of over 1,500 landlords around the country by the Guardian found that only 18% currently had...

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    Job project for young disabled people

    The Open Doors Scotland project is hoping to help 350 disabled 16-24 year olds find and sustain employment. It has been launched by Enable Scotland, The Lennox Partnership, RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Capability Scotland and Scottish Association for Mental Health, reports the BBC.The project is being funded by Skills Development Scotland via its Employment Recruitment Incentive which already...

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    Internet project to target social isolation

    Viridian Housing, Student@Home and charity U Can Do IT have joined together to provide training to 300 residents over the age of 50 to help combat social isolation. Viridian Housing manages over 16,000 homes in the Midlands, West Sussex and London. With this new partnership Student@Home will be providing one-to-one internet training in tenants' homes through a tablet computer. For those with...

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    Food bank parcels for people who cannot heat their dinner

    "Kettle boxes" are now being issued by food banks for those who cannot afford to switch on their cooker to boil pasta or rice. These new boxes where developed by volunteers from the Trussell Trust charity and contain products which can be prepared just by adding boiling water. This includes instants soup, Pot Noodles, instant mash and just-add-water porridge, alongside staples such as crackers,...

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    Housing provider delivers parcels to vulnerable residents

    Supported Housing staff came up with the idea to put together the Christmas parcels with donations from colleagues included. There are 75 tenants on the register and each received a parcel alongside a call from a member of staff working in the Magenta Living Contact Centre to wish them a merry Christmas on Christmas day, reports 24dash.Sian Blackman from the Supported Housing Team, said: "The...

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    Crisis helped a record number of homeless people this Christmas

    Homeless charity Crisis reported a 22% rise in the number of people seeking shelter at its UK centres at Christmas. Almost 4,500 people turned to Crisis for help over the Christmas period which is the largest number since its Christmas project began in 1971. Leslie Morphy, Crisis' chief executive said the rise was due to a shortage of housing, cuts to housing benefit, high unemployment, low pay...

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    Labour's plans to remove benefits from claimants lacking skills

    Under these new plans new claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance would need to sit basic skills test within six weeks. This move is set to be unveiled by MP Rachel Reeves in her first major speech as shadow work and pensions secretary; however the Conservatives accused her of producing an inferior copy of one of their policies.Labour estimates that 300,000 people a year could be affected, reports the...

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    House swap partnership helping social housing tenants exchange their homes

    The West Midlands Making Best Use of Stock Partnership's ‘Let's Swap' scheme provides tenants with an online service to co-ordinate exchanging their homes with others.The scheme launched in July 2013 and over 4,000 customers have registers with 60 residents already exchanged their homes, reports 24dash.The partnership enables tenants who need to downsize due to the bedroom tax swap with those...

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    Bill banning the eviction of tenants in arrears due to bedroom tax

    A consultation on proposed legislation which gives a guarantee of no evictions solely due to bedroom tax arrears shows that four in five councils, housing associations, advice services and law centres support it. Central Scotland MSP, John Wilson said: "My position on the bill will be determined by the detail, the evidence and the parliamentary scrutiny that is applied. Ultimately, the only way...

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    Depressed patients are being failed by the NHS

    Fewer than half of the patients who sought help from the NHS last year in regards to anxiety and depression received any treatment, an official report into the governments "talking therapies" programme shows.GPs made 883,968 referrals for psychological support in England during 2013-13, however only 49% of them led to some suffering from mental health problems to start receiving treatment a NHS...

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    Almost 100% success rate for rent support scheme prevent evictions

    Social enterprise Kineara have run a 10-week Rent Support Programme to which works with residents and their families who find themselves in rent arrears and help them get out of debt and get them in a better place emotionally as well as financially.   The programme has developed in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and housing association Poplar HARCA, reports 24dash.Through...

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    Council tax arrears force thousands into court

    Government cuts to means-tested council tax benefit have left many people facing liability orders for arrears. In April 2013 the government cut funding for council tax benefit by £500m and left local authorities to decide how the reduced benefit should be distributed. This means that have now found themselves having to pay council tax even though they previously found themselves exempt.The...

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    Gene therapy technique found to prevent blindness

    The operation involves inserting a gene into the eye cells which is a treatment which revived light-detecting cells. The doctors involved in the surgery believe that the treatment could be used to treat common forms of blindness in time. Leader of the research, Professor Robert MacLaren said he was "absolutely delighted" at the outcome. "We really couldn't have asked for a better result," he...

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    GPs are not trained to deal with the increase in mental health problems

    GPs estimate that tens of thousands of young people are suffering from depressions, stress and anxiety, and that in the most serious cases they are self-harming and taking their own lives. The Royal College of GPs believes that some of the issues are on the rise due to young people being unable to cope with lack of money, jobs and opportunities.A problem when treating people suffering with mental...

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    Universal Credit guides on Red Button and Wii

    The Department for Work and Pensions have said that they hope these measures will help reach the seven million people who do not have access to the internet, reports the BBC. Universal Credit merges six benefits into one, and the plan is for most claimants to be moved on to it by the end of 2017.Information on the Universal Credit scheme can already be accessed by some digital TV viewers by...

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    Fostering scheme for the elderly

    The carers will be paid £224 a week and Leicester City Council will also pay for any modifications to their homes.Age UK have warned that this could potentially vulnerable people be placed in homes with strangers. The council, however, have said that all carers would be vetted before being approved and the care would be closely monitored, reports the BBC. The council has said that fostering is...

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    Housing organisations missing out on social media engagement

    Recent research delving into the social and digital activity of 275 housing associations which represent 2.6 million home in the UK have studied their levels of digital and social innovation. Over the last few years there has been a large push toward digital and online engagement; however findings have revealed that housing organisations are lagging behind in both commercial and charitable...

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    Housing provider's scheme saves tenants half a million pounds

    Liverpool Mutual Homes has partnered with Local Solutions, a social enterprise organisation, to promote a fuel debt, energy efficiency and money advice service to support residents.Tenants have saved a combined total of £454,356 in 13 months with the majority coming from officers helping residents apply for grants, reports 24dash. In the first twelve months over 780 people were helped by two...

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    Housing group and youth homeless charity join forces

    Charity Key Unlocking Features has joined Progress Housing Group so that it can extend its independent support work.The charity provides help and support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried about becoming homeless. It offers information and advocacy, giving support to young people in their accommodation, a drop-in service, counselling and mediation services as well as...

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    Parents could receive a fine due to child benefit changes

    Over a thousand parents have not signed up to fill in self-assessment forms due to the government's child benefit tax change, and only have days left before they risk a fine.Calculations by HM Revenue and Customs suggest that 1.1 million people are affected by the changes which were introduced in January 2013. This means that households where someone earns more than £50,000 face a tax clawback...

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    Police being used to transport patients to hospital

    Figures obtained by the BBC highlight that in 2013 police in Essex took 185 patients to hospital and the East of England Ambulance Service said that they needed more staff.In March last year 22 patients were conveyed to hospital due to "execessive ambulance delays" or "no shows". There were 20 such occasions in July and 21 in October.There were 83 episodes classed as "inappropriate ambulance...

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    Mental health charities believe not enough is being done

    Organisaions such as Rethink Mental Illness, the Mental Health Foundation and Sane believe that lives are being put at risk. They want more training for people like teachers and GPs and also want to raise awareness among parents and teenagers so that people know what signs they should be looking for.Many people find themselves unable to attend school and work due to these undiscovered issues,...

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    Housing Trust to help and support local residents into employment

    Golden Gates Housing Trust have said that they are committed to supporting its residents deal with changes that have occurred due to the Government's Welfare Reforms and the decline in the economy. In order to do this the Trust's Board of Directors set aside just over £2m at the beginning of 2012 so that they can invest it into creating a dedicated Employment Team, reports GGHT to 24dash. A...

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    First council to give bedroom tax refunds

    The council has found 31 cases where social housing tenants have been paying the bedroom tax when they shouldn't have been. This figure represents 4.5% of the council's 624 residents hit by the tax, reports 24dash.If this percentage from Exeter was used as a guide for the country as a whole, the figure could be around 29,700 for people in the UK who had been illegally hit by the bedroom tax.Cllr...

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    Befriending service for lonely elderly people

    The Rely on Me Befriending Scheme matches a volunteer to a service user for a weekly visit in their home. It also offers a driver service which will take people shopping, to hospital or doctor appointments, to visit loved ones who may be in care or to an Age UK-run social activity club, reports the Northern Eco. A spokeswoman for Age UK said: "We all need someone to talk to, but not all of us...

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    Street triage to team to deal with mental health emergencies

    This Street Triage scheme will see mental health nurses and paramedics join police on callouts where people need mental health support. Mental health bosses have said that people in urgent need of mental health care during emergencies will benefit, reports the BBC.This pilot scheme hopes to follow in the footsteps of similar schemes that are already active across the country.Chief Inspector of...

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    33,000 household hit by the benefit cap since its introduction

    Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that 47% of all households affected were found in London. Manchester and Birmingham were the only two authorities within the top 20 local authorities with the highest number of affected household, reports 24dash. The report also shows that as of November 1st 2013 just over 27,000 households had their housing benefit capped. 59% of...

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    Bedroom tax loophole identified

    Thousands have been wrongly identified as liable for the bedroom tax due as a result of a Department of Work and Pensions error. Housing experts say that around 40,000 people could be affected by this new mistake; however the DWP believe only a "small number" of tenants are affected. The people affected could be eligible for refunds worth an average of at least £640 per claimant and millions in...

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    Medical glue could replace stitches

    This new superglue may eventually replace the need for stitches and staples in the heart, gut and blood vessel surgery believes a US team. Tests on pigs have shown that it can seal cardiac defects in seconds and withstand the forces inside the heart. The glue has been inspired by the sticking abilities of slugs and could be made available for human use within two years, reports the BBC.This skin...

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    Housing association to see 1,000 tenants as part of improvement scheme

    North Lincolnshire Homes provides 10,000 homes and is sending out a team of officers to broach residents on their concerns, offer benefits advice and make sure the social landlord has details of everyone living at the address, reports 24dash. The 1,000 addresses have been selected from across North Lincolnshire at random to take part in a pilot programme, though there are long-term plans to roll...

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    Charity says that more support is needed for bereaved workers

    A report by the National Council for Palliative Care says the government should look into the "feasibility" of statutory leave from work after the death of a loved one. It also calls on employers to tell workers what help they are entitled to, reports the BBC.The charity commissioned a survey which found 32% of bereaved people in the last five years felt their employer did not treat them with...

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    Green and pleasant land improves mental health says scientists

    Scientists at Exeter University believe that moving to a greener environment can instantly improve mental well-being and the effects can last up to three years. When looking at people who moved to a more built-up environment their mental health declined.Experts have said that the findings add to evidence which suggests that increasing green spaces in cities could deliver benefits to public...

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    £500m funding to create 4,000 affordable homes

    The funding will form part of the £.35bn Affordable Housing Guarantees programme. This allows housing association to use a government guarantee to secure private investment at more competitive rather than they would otherwise obtain, reports 24dash.Kris Hopkins said: "Today's deal with the European Investment Bank is a vote of confidence in our ongoing efforts to restore confidence to our...

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    £250,000 food poverty fund

    The funding has been made available under the council's Local Welfare Scheme and is designed to help the city's most vulnerable residents.The council expects the support provided to be in the form of food and goods rather than cash, reports 24dash.Agencies will be allowed to bid for funds to provide additional support or to help ensure the sustainability of their existing schemes.There is also...

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    Campaigner says the reorganisation of rehabilitation will not cut reoffending

    The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced big changes to the criminal justice system under the "transforming rehabilitation" agenda which plans to transfer the responsibility for the supervising of low and medium risk offenders from probation trusts to contracted-out providers.Director of the networking and advocacy charity Clinks, Clive Martin, is concerned about the sheer volume of...

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    NHS worker facing disciplinary hearing after inappropriate tweets

    Alongside the inappropriate hair tweets, Mr Nam also posted a photo of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust executives and called them "vandals". Mr Nam was suspended and has since resigned. He says he is ashamed of himself.On 1 August 2012 Mr Nam wrote on Twitter that he was going to use the hair "from the first patient I shaved today and stick them on Wiggins-style". This was the first in a...

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    Figures show it would take five years to rehouse Westminster's bedroom tax victims

    The council says that 393 tenants are currently on the list of households affected by the under-occupancy policy. In the seven months from April until the end of October 2013, just 44 tenants affected by the bedroom tax managed to downsize.Currently the council has been able to rehouse around six tenants a month and at the current rate it will take five years and three months to move all of the...

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    Patients visiting A&E 50 times a year

    Under the Freedom of Information act data from 183 sites showed that nearly 12,000 people made over ten visits to the same unit in 2012-13 with 150 people attending more than 50 times.Doctors have warned that whilst the issue is confined to a minority of patients it was adding mounting pressure on the system over the winter with many hospitals already struggling to hit their waiting times.In the...

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    Bedroom tax costing more than saving says minister

    Whilst the controversial under-occupancy policy was designed to cut government spending, the Scottish housing and welfare minister Margaret Burgess has said that the annual costs of implementing the penalty will exceed savings by £10m. In a letter to the UK's minister for welfare reform, Lord Freud, Ms Burgess cites the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities' finding that show the loss in...

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    More cuts to the UK's economy

    In a speech in Birmingham Mr Osborne has said that the economy was far from fixed and spoke is speaking of a "year of hard truths" ahead, reports the BBC. Mr Osborne is suggesting making welfare savings by cutting housing benefit for under-25s and restricting council housing for people earning over £65,000 a year.In his speech Mr Osborne said: "As a result of the painful cuts we've made, the...

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    One in seven people fear missing housing payments in the West Midlands

    It is expected that 43% of people in the West Midlands are going to struggle or fall behind with their rents and mortgages in 2014. Research based on a YouGov survey of over 4,000 British adults has revealed that many people across the West Midlands are unable to face up to their financial difficulties. One in six said that they had not opened post which they believed to contain a bill or late...

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    Rock climbing to help people suffering with mental health issues

    Christine Belk, founder of Vertigirls, formed the group in 2008 after she discovered how the sport helped her manage her own mental health issues whilst also improving her quality of life. Based in Brighton the group began with seven members, however it now caters for more than 50 women through climbing courses and indoor/outdoor trips across the country.Ms Belk was recently awarded the Volunteer...

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    Scotland's homeless have a life-expectancy of just 39

    Streetwork found that those sleeping rough in Scotland are expected to live eight years less than those south of the Border, where surveys indicate a life-expectancy of 47. The findings have ignited calls for the Scottish Government to do more to help those who are sleeping rough in the country.Speaking at the unveiling of the survey, Clair Gibson, Streetwork's chief executive said: "Thirty-nine...

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    Mental health staff to work in police stations

    Mental health nurses will now be place in police stations and court with a new £25m pilot scheme which has been designed to ensure people receive the treatment they need and to cut reoffending rates.The scheme will initially be run in ten areas and be rolled out across the rest of the country by 2017 if successful. The scheme was welcomed by mental health campaigners who are confident that it...

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    Plymouth introduces new mental health strategy

    Memebers of the Plymouth Mental Health Network and city councillors recently celebrated the launch of the holistic Whole Life Whole Systems strategy, reports The Plymouth Herald.This is Plymouth's first mental health strategy written by the people of Plymouth for the people of Plymouth.The Whole Life Whole Systems Mental Health strategy focuses on recovery, early interventions and access to...

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    Hope for heart tissue regeneration

    Experiments at Cardiff and Swansea university labs have seen Cell Therapy build hope for developing new treatments for heart failure over the next five years.The research team was co-founded by Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Martin Evans. Cell Therapy Limited's executive director Ajan Reginald told BBC Wales: "We've identified what we think is a very potent type of stem cell which is heart...

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    Winter is linked to mental health risk

    Many find themselves leaving the house before sunrise and returning after sunset, and MHRUK have found that a lack of daily sunlight can lead to feelings of lethargy and depression, resulting in seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The charity surveyed 2000 British adults and found that half were concerned that their workplace had little natural light, reports the Herald Scotland.Almost one in ten...

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    Housing association turn lottery win into food items for food bank

    Staff at Accent decided to top up a lottery win of £80 by an extra £100 and purchased vouchers from a department store for a prize draw to raise donations for a foodbank. The price of a ticket was donation of food to help them reach their target of 2013 items for the year 2013.Some staff and contractors also donated items for the draw which included tow kindles, wine and chocolates. The target...

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    New campaign targets benefits overpayments

    Claimants in six pilot areas have been warned that if they fail to disclose a new job or if they have moved in with a partner they could face fines of up to £2,000. The campaign will last three weeks and make use of multimedia such as adverts, posters, social media and letters. Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, has said the campaign aims to stop fraud and overpayment "before they even...

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    Social housing rent arrears continues to increase

    The charity is warning that the dramatic rise in rent arrears and threatened homelessness demonstrates that household are not reaping any benefit from the improved economic outlook.The report shows that the Citizens Advice gave advice on 22,412 issues about social housing rent arrears, 2,840 issues about possession claims due to rent arrears, 2,376 issues about threatened homelessness and 3,307...

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    70% of English councils are not spending their DHP pot

    These figures show that councils were on course to hand back millions of unspent discretionary housing payment funds in April this year. The DWP figures show that one in six councils have committed to pay out less than a quarter of its pot, reports Inside Housing.Esther McVey, minister for employment, said: "We are fixing the benefits system, but we have ensured help is there for people as we go...

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    Fears for the mental health of young people in Britain

    A large number of young people have been found to feel they have nothing to live for, with many who have been unemployed for a long period of time feeling pessimistic about their prospects. This has come from a YouGov poll for the Prince's Trust Macquaire Youth Index, which reports that 40% of jobless people have experienced symptoms of mental illness. These include suicidal thoughts, feelings of...

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    Grants to tackle homelessness in Scotland

    29 new projects have successfully applied for the Housing Voluntary Grant scheme for 2014/15, reports 24dash.This new funding will help older and disabled people live independently in their own homes whilst also supporting rural housing, tackling homelessness and are aiming to help encourage engagement between tenants and landlords. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the grant and...

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