In response to Prof Lewis’s claim, we have not, and will not, use non-disclosure agreements or settlement agreements to stop anyone reporting any whistleblowing, harassment, bullying or discrimination complaints, in line with Acas guidance. We are deeply concerned about the allegations made in the Guardian. All complaints raised with us are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly. … [Read more...] about Pride in the work of Alzheimer’s Society
In the early days the vast majority of people who came to her for help had been sanctioned by the jobcentre (“People who’d missed a bus and had their benefits taken”). Increasingly now it’s working families struggling on low pay – often on zero-hour contracts. “Both parents are working and still they can’t afford shoes and coats for their children,” Cooke says. “We get people calling saying, ‘I can’t come on Friday because I’m at work. They need the clothes but haven’t got a chance to come for them because they’re working all the time. It’s unbelievable.” … [Read more...] about Now Britain needs clothes banks too. What sort of society are we living in?
The last official annual statistics said there was a 2% fall in rough sleeping numbers in England in 2018. However, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, said the figures should be treated with caution as it was not known how an emergency funding scheme for the worst-affected areas might have affected the data. … [Read more...] about Government pledges £236m to tackle rough sleeping
But make no mistake about what this means in practice; rather than, say, a disabled person having the dignity and security of social care entitlement, we are left at the mercy of asking a neighbour to help us dress. (If this seems like hyperbole, it already happens.) The original “big society”, a concept conveniently twinned with the hollowing out of the state through austerity, should be a warning sign of how this ends; deprived communities given little more than soundbites to survive. With no little symbolism, last week it emerged councils were urging ministers to divert funding from David Cameron’s failed big society youth scheme to squeezed council youth services. … [Read more...] about Spare us another Tory ‘big society’ solution to the social care crisis
The health minister Jo Churchill said: “Time and again we see the tragic impact of drug misuse on people’s health, their lives and the lives of those around them. We must make sure we are offering a holistic approach to treatment, not only looking after physical health in the short term, but offering sustained mental health support. … [Read more...] about Failures in treatment and policing behind ‘boom in illegal drugs’