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September 2015

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    Prisons told to adjust for older inmates

    Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen says prisons will have to take on "care home and even hospice" roles in future, reports the BBC. He said: "It is remarkable that the fastest growing segment of the prison population is prisoners over 60 and the second fastest are prisoners over 50."A spokesman for the MoJ said: "We are currently looking at adapting prison regimes to better meet the needs of older...

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    People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide

    The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and a GP said: "We wanted to have high quality information easily available which could help people take steps to improve their mental health. The guides are meant as an introduction to mental health...

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    New service to support homeless people in Birmingham

    A new dedicated Homeless Street Triage car will be responding to the rising number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking in the city, reports 24dash.In the last year – from May 2014 to April 2015 – West Midlands Police took just over 1,000 calls about homelessness and begging. The new HOST car will carry a Birmingham Police officer in plain clothes alongside two...

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    Young people with learning disabilities more likely to be abused

    A group of children’s charities have said that young people with disabilities have the “same vulnerabilities” as all young people but face extra “barriers” to getting protection or support, reports the BBC.Their report, commissioned by Comic Relief, and was produced by Barnardo's, the Children's Society, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, Paradigm Research and Coventry...

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    Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training

    The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the public displaying signs of mental health distress, reports the Bournemouth Echo.Dr Andrew Mayers, a psychologist and mental health campaigner at Bournemouth University, said: "I am honoured to be working...

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    Residents in supported accommodation in Canterbury could be affected by new housing rules

    Currently anyone moving out of supported accommodation would be able to join the Housing Needs Register, however new plans will see that only particular people with vulnerabilities will be placed on the register, reports the Canterbury Times.The changes are amongst many amendments to the scheme and will be discussed on the 16th September. Other proposals include changes to the banding for...

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    Gym in Kent hopes to improve health and fitness of homeless people

    Riverside is a specialist in working with single homeless people to help them get their lives back on track and into accommodation. Their new project, a gymnasium, has been funded by the Riverside Project Fund, Swale Borough Council (via its Sports and Physical Activity Grant Fund), Kent Police Property Fund and Church Housing Trust, reports 24dash.Andrew Wallis, Riverside Project Assistant and...

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    People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services

    Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian Jackson, project lead for the service, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the chance for people to refer themselves. We have been supported in this move by our commissioners and this will...

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    Universal credit targets defended by Iain Duncan Smith

    When asked about the effectiveness of the roll-out of universal credit Mr Duncan Smith said: “Universal credit is now available in more than half of jobcentres across Great Britain and will be available in all jobcentres early next year.Nearly 175,000 people have made a claim for universal credit so far. Our evidence shows that the universal credit claimants find work quicker, stay in work...

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    People in Leeds call to tackle domestic violence

    Leaders from private, public and third sectors gathered for the Voice of Leeds Summit and discussed what they could do to tackle domestic violence, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.Over the past three years domestic violence has caused the deaths of 17 people in the city.Supt Sam Miller, of Safer Leeds, branded the number of murders “outrageous” and said: “The scale of the problem is just...

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    The first mental health centre for men

    The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only one in the country and we are really proud of that. I think it [male mental health] is a huge problem. It's like society puts on you as a man that you have to be strong. You have to fight through your...

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    The cost of homelessness in Hackney doubles

    Figures have shown that the cost of homelessness in 2009/10 was £3,092,255 compared to £7,167,440 in 2014/15, with a cut on staff spending from £3,239,653 to £2,608,491 reports 24dash.Hackney Green Party spokesperson, Charlotte George, said: “Homelessness is one of the starkest ways we can see how the housing crisis and austerity are affecting people in Hackney. Local residents are in a...

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    Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected

    Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565 referrals were refused.Labour public services spokesman Dr Richard Simpson said the number of referrals for specialist help that were being turned down was a result of SNP ministers "squeezing health...

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    Success for a disability sport programme

    The programme ran for three weeks and included multi-sport camps at Aberdeen Sports Village, reports the Mearns Leader. Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Alison Evison said: “This is a great opportunity for people from all over Aberdeenshire, who have a disability or additional support need, to get together and take part in sports.”Vice chair...

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    NHS trust told no mental health beds available

    Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts revelation has prompted Norwich MP Clive Lewis to call for delays in planned bed closures.NHS England said it was up to local NHS commissioners to ensure patients got the care they needed.Dr Solomka...

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    Plans to tackle domestic violence in Bury

    Research by Bury Council’s domestic violence and abuse steering group has found that there was an average of ten incidents a day in the past year from April 2015, reports the Bury Times.Town hall chiefs have now teamed up with police and housing officials to publish a hard-hitting strategy that will help victims and get tough on offenders, and aimed at drastically reducing the number of...

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    Two homelessness services to be investigated

    The Scottish Housing Regulator is set to investigate every aspect of services offered by Dumfries and Galloway Council, whilst also examining how homeless people access help and support at Scottish Borders Council, reports the BBC.The councils will be investigated on how people access the service and how it maintains contact with applicants.A spokesman for Scottish Borders Council (SBC) said:...

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    New mental health centre to open in Ardwick

    Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening News. Chief Executive of AFG, Neil Campbell, has said the new 24 bed centre will be a fast track rehabilitation service for people with complex needs.“This exciting new development is to help people in...

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    Data on disability benefits refused by DWP

    DWP officials have refused a second request for basic information on disability benefits using the “Section 22” exemption they used previously, reports The Independent.The Department had been asked under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose how many Disability Living Allowance claimants had been made worse off after being moved onto the new Personal Independence Payment benefit. The...

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    Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present

    Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the Guardian. A study from Oxford University has raised concern among experts that may lead to assumptions that people with mental health problems are more prone to violence than others; however the authors have...

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    Homeless project for young people under threat due to cuts

    Platform for Life was expected to attract interest from numerous housing associations with its scheme to convert properties into accommodation for young people in further education, training or work, reports Inside Housing.The Department of Health fund was intended to cover the capital costs of the programme however housing associations were expecting rental income, underpinned by housing benefit...

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    Mental health social work scheme accepting applications

    100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead programme was announced by government in 2014 and aims to recruit ‘high calibre’ graduates into mental health social work.Professor Martin Webber, the University of York’s lead academic on Think Ahead,...

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    UN to investigate how welfare reforms will affect disability rights

    A disability charity in Scotland has said it’s been contacted by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as part of an inquiry into Britain’s treatment of people with disabilities, reports RT.Inclusion Scotland’s Director of Policy Bill Scott said: “The UN have notified us they will be visiting Britain to investigate … and want to meet with us when they come,...

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    Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells

    Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have revealed that the number of mental health patients detained in Staffordshire Police cells has reduced by 59% since 2012.Staffordshire Police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis said he was happy to...

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    Older people need more male carers

    Professor Martin Green has said that the government needs to do more to recruit males into front-line adult social care roles, reports the BBC.Prof Green has said that with the increasing number of men living longer, more males are needed for their personal care. He said: "We have an ageing population and a lot of people who receive care into old age now are men. The majority of carers are women....

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    Benefit cuts affecting 48,500 families in Liverpool

    Analysis from Liverpool City Council has found that around 48,500 households are likely to lose their benefits due to new government reforms, reports the Liverpool Echo. Councillor Jane Corbett has said that a rising number of people are being hit by a range of benefit cuts whilst the local authority is seeing its budget also reduced.The city council also says it is estimated some 850 families...

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    Charities warns Irish government of homelessness crisis

    Social Justice Ireland is calling for a new funding system that will meet the demand and reveal that only 20 council homes for families have been completed within the first three months of this year, reports the Belfast Telegraph.They have said that charities are making up part of the shortfall with 117 houses and apartments finished in the same period.Director Dr Sean Healy hit out at the...

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