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May 2017

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    THE PRESENT FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF SCOTLAND IS TO PLEDGE AGAINST ANY PLANS TO PRIVATISE THE NHS

    It is also expected that Sturgeon will do the following as proof of her party's commitment to fighting against further austerity:Sturgeon said this before Tuesday's manifesto launch:"While the polls have narrowed, the Tories are still on course to win the election."Labour proved beyond any doubt that they were unable to provide the opposition needed to keep the Tories in check in the last...

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    THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUNG PEOPLE

    The online survey posed questions to 1,479 people between ages 14 to 24 to rate which social media platform (of YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter) negatively impact their users.The ratings were to be based on anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying as well as body image and respondents were asked to score each platform on 14 issues pertaining to health and wellbeing.The poll...

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    RECENT STATISTICS REVEAL THAT FIRST TIME BUYERS RECEIVED THE MOST MORTGAGES IN MARCH

    The published sector data reveals the following:Director General of the CML, Paul Smee, said:"Comparing this March to last year is misleading because of the peak in activity before the stamp duty changes last spring."Overall, lending trends have remained reasonably consistent. The relatively sluggish activity among home movers stands in contrast to the growth in first-time buyer and remortgage...

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    UK PRIME MINISTER PLEDGES A NEW RIGHT-TO-BUY PROGRAM ON SOCIAL HOUSING

    The program is set to achieve the following;According to UK Prime Minister, Theresa May:"Too many ordinary working families are stuck on council waiting lists, facing unaffordable rents and struggling to save for that first deposit."That's why we will fix the broken housing market and support local authorities and housing associations to build a new generation of council homes right across the...

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    NEW DATA SHOWS DELAY IN RECEIVING MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN IN SCOTLAND

    The new figures revealed the following about mental health:Party leader, Willie Rennie said:"Waiting more than 600 days for help must feel like a lifetime. SNP ministers should hand their heads in shame."Mr Rennie also said his party would stop mental health from being underfunded, set up new units for children and make sure more mental health professionals are more readily locations.A Scottish...

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    LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CALLS FOR INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CONSTRUCTION TRAINEES

    The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for the following:Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said;"London's success cannot be taken for granted. Alongside rising cost pressures for many London businesses, the City's growing population is putting the capital's critical economic infrastructure under unprecedented pressure."Steps must be...

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    THE INCREASING FUNDING GAP FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN ENGLAND REQUIRES RECTIFICATION

    The Local Government Association said the following:According to a spokeswoman for the Department of Education;"We want every single child, no matter where they live, to receive the same high-quality care and support - and this is exactly what our reforms are set up to deliver."We are clear that providing help as early as possible is the most effective way of keeping children safe, and our new...

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    GROWING UNCERTAINTIES AND AFFORDABILITY CONSTRAINTS IMPACTS BUYERS ACROSS THE HOUSING MARKET

    Figures from Halifax revealed the following:Jonathan Harris of mortgage broker, Anderson Harris, said:"The issue for buyers is affordability and bridging the huge gulf between incomes and house prices. We are seeing a number of down valuations from surveyors as caution starts to become more prevalent."Vendors are beginning to appreciate that their homes aren't worth as much as they thought."What...

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    FIGURES SHOW THAT CARE HOMES HAVE SUFFERED FROM RISING INSOLVENCIES OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS

    New government figures show that 75 care home businesses covering nursing homes, homes for the elderly, residential care activities for learning disabilities, mental health, and substance abuse were declared insolvent in 2016, up from 74 the previous year, The Guardian reports.The chief executive of Care England,  Martin Green, said:"My view is that if you ask me who is to blame, it is the...

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    UK CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONS PLAN TO JOINTLY FUND A CAMPAIGN FOR MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LONDON

    Research from Citizens UK showed that six out of the eight biggest developers in London are not meeting the long-term strategic target of 35% affordable housing, as set out by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.According to Inside Housing, the campaign is set to achieve the following:Deputy director of Citizens UK, Matthew Bolton, said:"London is facing an affordable housing crisis that our local...

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    MANY MAY STRUGGLE AS A RESULT OF CHANGES TO THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM

    The study envisages the following issues from the move which is expected to save the taxman £1billion a year by 2021:Chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham said:"This cut suggests some children are more important than others."No parent has a crystal ball. Families that can comfortably support a third child today could struggle tomorrow."Children shouldn't suffer on the...

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    NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES RECEIVING PLANNING CONSENT REACHED ALMOST 300,000 LAST YEAR

    Research by consultants, Glenigan and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) revealed the following:Economics director, head of business market intelligence at Glenigan, Alan Wilen, said:"The strong level of unit approvals during the final quarter of 2016 takes the number of new homes securing planning approval last year to its highest level in over a decade."Growth has been largely driven by private...

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