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31 Oct

North-south divide in early deaths deepening, study finds

There has been a “profoundly concerning” rise in early deaths from accidents, suicide, alcohol misuse, smoking, cancer and drug addiction in the north of England, deepening the north-south divide, research has found.

Socioeconomic deprivation has led to a particularly sharp rise in deaths among 25 to 44-year-olds , according to new data analysis from Manchester university.

31 Oct

EU prepares for a no-deal Brexit amid lack of progress on talks

The European Union is pressing ahead with plans for a no-deal Brexit, amid uncertainty about when high-level negotiations will resume.

With 149 days until Brexit day, time is running out to secure a deal that the British government wants to nail down this autumn, to allow time for the agreement to gain assent from parliament and the European parliament.

 

23 Oct

Children’s services are at breaking point, experts say

Children’s services from Sure Start to schools and NHS mental health are at breaking point, according to a coalition of 120 organisations that have called on the chancellor to invest in young people in the budget next week.

Local authorities backed the call, saying council-run children’s services were fast approaching a tipping point as they struggled to maintain services in the face of a funding gap estimated to reach £3bn by 2025.

 

23 Oct

Legal Aid Agency taken to court for refusing to help rough sleepers

A human rights organisation is taking the national provider of legal aid to court because it is refusing to help rough sleepers challenge councils over the use of potentially unlawful powers to move them on.

Liberty has launched the legal challenge against the Legal Aid Agency because they will not offer assistance to rough sleepers and other local residents who cannot afford to pay lawyers if they want to challenge local authorities’ use of public space protection orders (PSPOs).

19 Oct

Disabled benefit claimants to get extra £1.7bn after underpayments

An extra £1.67bn is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the government has revealed.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of the employment and support allowance (ESA) after revealing that an estimated 180,000 recipients were due arrears payments totalling £970m.

19 Oct

Police predict rise in hate crime as Brexit approaches

Police have said there could be a spike in hate crime as wrangles over Brexit continue before the UK’s planned departure from the EU in March.

The vote to leave the EU in June 2016 led to a large rise in hate incidents on the streets and online.

18 Oct

One in three young people suffering mental health troubles, survey finds

One in three young people is suffering from mental troubles such as depression, negative feelings or inability to focus, a survey of more than 5,500 British teenagers has found.

The findings suggest that more school-age children than previously thought are struggling with their mental and emotional wellbeing, including problems sleeping properly.

Of the 5,555 people aged between 13 and 15 from across the UK who answered the charity Action for Children’s survey, 1,840 were found to have an issue.

17 Oct

Labour seeks to force publication of universal credit impact analysis

Labour is to try to force the government to publish analysis into the impact of universal credit on claimants’ incomes, amid increasing signs that ministers are delaying the controversial programme following a backlash from MPs.

15 Oct

Theresa May says Brexit deal still ‘achievable’ despite differences

She said it was “frustrating” the two sides could not agree how to guarantee no hard border in Northern Ireland. The issue could not “derail” the chances of striking a deal, she said. And she sought to reassure critics of her approach that the UK would not end up in “permanent limbo” tied to EU customs rules.

In the Commons, Mrs May faced pressure from both sides of the Brexit debate as she gave a statement to MPs.

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