Saturday, June 23, 2018

Welfare reform fueling rise in mental health conditions, GP suggests

GP suggests tougher assessments for ESA could be driving a rise in the number of people with mental health issues.

Council ignored medical evidence when deciding man’s housing application

Croydon council failed to take into account a man’s life-threatening health conditions, says Ombudsman.

Number of new social homes has plummeted by almost 90% under Tories

Labour say "it’s clear Ministers are still not building the homes the country needs".

Call for universal credit split payments over domestic abuse risk

Report reveals current system is increasing women's vulnerability to financial abuse.

‘Senseless’ disability benefit rule costs the NHS at least £7.7 million a year

20 metre PIP rule is preventing people with MS from accessing the support they need, says MS Society.

MP demands answers on ‘shambolic’ universal credit roll-out

Damning NAO report exposed numerous failings and confirmed the flagship welfare reform causes poverty and hardship.

Tory plans will see job applicants asked about their social class

Employers to be encouraged to ask potential employees sensitive questions about their socio-economic background.

‘Hidden housing crisis’ is damaging disabled people’s health, warns charity

365,000 disabled people "trapped" in unsuitable homes and unable to find accessible housing.

Dads get naked to raise awareness about men’s mental health

Mental health affects us all, regardless of gender. The Dad Network want to encourage all men to find the path to a healthier, happier version of themselves so ultimately, they can be the best fathers possible. The Dad Network has decided to bare all to raise awareness and tackle the issues of men’s mental health, especially amongst fathers. The #FatherFigures campaign aims to both increase knowledge and awareness of Mental health in dads (or fathers/men) and highlight the link between our mental well-being and body perceptions. #FatherFigures encourages dads to celebrate their bodies, whilst breaking down societal stereotypes of what a ‘normal' body should look like. The campaign aims to promote positive body confidence amongst fathers and encourage men to open up about their mental health and provide much-needed support. Key Stats: 1 in 4 men are affected by mental health problems or illness....

‘Wage growth stuck in the slow lane’ despite high employment

Real wage growth remains unchanged at just 0.4%, according to the latest ONS figures.

Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows

Some councils in England ‘cannot go on’ without long-term funding to underpin care.

SNP Conference: UK Government urged to double paternity leave rights

Resolution calls on the UK Government to double paternity leave rights for fathers from 2 to 4 weeks.

SNP pledge ‘people first’ social security system

Jeane Freeman: "Let's build a new public service for Scotland".

Disability benefit delays ‘underline need for devolved welfare powers’

Over 200,000 disabled people forced to wait all summer for the benefits they are legally entitled to.

Tens of thousands of vulnerable Brits ‘trapped’ in social care debt

GMB investigation also found that over a thousand care users have been taken to court over debts.

Grenfell survivors supported by faith groups while officials did nothing

Damning report reveals how faith groups were left to fill the gap left by a lack of official support.

MSP hails ‘watershed moment in fight against period poverty’

Free sanitary products for women on low incomes to be rolled out across Scotland.

Thousands of Scottish families to benefit from new £100 school clothing grant

"This is great news for the thousands of families who struggle to meet the costs of school clothing", say child poverty campaigners.

Universal Credit traps vulnerable people in abusive relationships, MP’s told

Universal Credit single household payment "plays into the hands of a controlling, abusive partner", Work and Pensions Committee told.

Government urged to reconsider paternity leave rights

Call for UK Government to double paternity leave from two to four weeks.

Disabled workers paid £2,730 a year less than non-disabled workers

Disability pay gap has increased to its highest level since 2013, TUC report shows.

Hundreds of deaths of homeless people ‘going unexamined’

Reviews to find if deaths in England and Wales could be prevented ‘are not being used’.

Older people at risk of being excluded from vital financial support

A growing shift to online only benefit applications means some older people are at risk of missing out on vital financial support.

Universal Credit causing a ‘hostile environment’ for thousands of families

Unite will be holding a 'National Day of Action against Universal Credit' on Thursday 24 May.

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