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An HIV charity has been saved from closure following a Scottish Government funding u-turn. HIV Scotland feared it would have to shut after losing out on Scottish Government cash earlier in the year, forcing staff lay offs. Now, Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick (pictured) has confirmed the Scottish Government has…
A third of Scots have been left unable to afford food at some point in the last year, a survey has revealed. Research for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found 33% of people had gone without food at least once in the previous 12 months because of a lack of cash.…
Prisoners are at risk of being freed without having finished treatment programmes aimed at cutting reoffending, a report has warned. HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland (HMIPS) found there are lengthy waiting lists for many key programmes, with one consequence being that inmates are not able to progress “appropriately” through…
Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such children as early as possible, an academic has said. Helen Whincup (pictured) from the the University of Stirling said there was no evidence decisions…
Threats of food shortages are now the only way Theresa May can make her Brexit deal palatable, Lib Dems have heard. The damaging effects of a no-deal are being cynically played up to try and win public support for a bad deal, Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has told…
More than one in 10 people in the UK live in "persistent poverty", according to a report that takes a fresh look at the way financial hardship is measured. A major study by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) found that 7.7 million people, 12.1% of the UK population, have spent…
The head of a charity which ran a children’s home has apologised after a BBC Scotland investigation alleged residents were abused. The Disclosure programme uncovered allegations of physical and sexual abuse at Lagarie Children’s Home in Rhu, near Helensburgh, Argyll. Run by Christian charity the Sailors Society, the home took…
Ministers should consider introducing a national recommended allowance for kinship and foster carers, a review has found. The recommendation is one of 12 made in a report by the National Care Allowances Review Group. The Scottish Government set up the group to carry out of a review of allowances paid.…
A care home for older people in East Dunbartonshire must make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Clachan of Campsie House following a complaint investigation which raised serious concerns. The notice lists six areas…
A company with three care homes in Scotland has gone into administration. Bertinaley Care Limited owns and operates premises in Hamilton, Largs and Dundee - as well as one in Surrey - with 68 residents in total. Helenslea House in Dundee (pictured) has been forced to shut and those in…
Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pictured) called on Ms Sturgeon to apologise for the rejected referrals during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood. In June, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman…
Almost 1,800 women are being contacted by the NHS after it emerged they were not invited for breast screening appointments. It comes after a review of the Scottish Breast Screening programme found 1,761 women aged over 70 did not receive their final screening appointment – with these being delayed for…
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