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MPs and campaigners have urged the Government to go further in reforming benefits for disabled people after ministers published their response to a major review. The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to make recording assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) a standard part of the process. This is…
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has called for an investigation into a fire that broke out at a care home in his constituency killing one, after hearing that a neighbour had to call the emergency services. London Fire Brigade was called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on…
More than one in three working parents cannot afford to have regular meals, showing the "desperate choices" low paid families have to make, according to a new study. Research by the Living Wage Foundation showed that parents on low incomes regularly skip meals. A survey of 1,000 adults found that…
Around 140,000 British households have been left without gas or electricity in the last year because they cannot afford to top up their prepayment energy meter, a charity has found. Citizens Advice said the vast majority of these households - around 120,000 - included people who could be vulnerable, such…
A woman has died after a fire at residential units for adults with learning disabilities. More than 70 firefighters were called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on Friday. London Fire Brigade said 12 people left the three-storey block before firefighters arrived. Pictures from the scene show flames pouring…
Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
An official report has been unable to rule out a cover-up in the case of two disabled men who were severely injured at a care home which is now the subject of a police probe. Hospital staff raised concerns Matthew Bates and Gary Lewis, residents of Beech Lodge care home…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was heckled by members of the public in a Holyrood committee meeting covering Universal Credit and the rape clause. An audience member shouted “you can’t get into work if you’re dead” at Ms McVey as she argued Universal Credit is a “supportive system” aimed…
Care Inspectorate Wales and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales have jointly published the 2016-17 monitoring report on for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) across Wales. The Safeguards apply to people over the age of 18 who can’t consent to treatment or care in a hospital or care home and where restrictions or…
MPs have launched a fresh inquiry into benefit sanctions amid warnings of troubling cases and extreme harm being caused to disabled people. The Work and Pensions select committee will analyse the whole system where benefit payments are docked for a set period of time. The committee will also analyse the…
Members of the public are invited to a free forum at the University of Derby on modern slavery and human trafficking, to hear what is being done locally to tackle this challenging issue. The ‘Parallel Worlds, Hidden Lives’ event, presented by the University of Derby Chaplaincy and Churches Together in…
An 80-year-old man died in hospital after waiting 23 hours for an ambulance and a further seven hours before being admitted, his son has said. Darren Williams, 48, said his father John Williams (pictured) died on Sunday, four days after being admitted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, South Wales and…
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