Children’s Commissioner attacks Government for failing vulnerable children

Anne Longfield said the uncertainty about the UC uplift remaining in place and talk of ‘educational catch-up’ are not ‘compatible’. Boris Johnson must show he is serious about vulnerable children by placing them at the heart of his plans to ‘build back better’ post-Covid, England’s children’s commissioner has said. Anne Longfield warned that the Prime […]

Almost 40% of care home residents in England have had coronavirus vaccine – PM

Almost 40% of care home residents in England have received a coronavirus vaccine, the Prime Minister has said. Boris Johnson said 45% of the over-80s and almost 40% of care home residents have received at least one dose. Mr Johnson paid particular tribute to vaccine teams in north-west Lincolnshire, Sunderland and Morecambe Bay, where more […]

Government White Paper sets out Mental Health Act reforms

A package of reforms has been set out in a wide-ranging White Paper that builds on recommendations made by Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act in 2018. The Reforming the Mental Health Act White Paper is designed to tackle the racial disparities in mental health services, better meet the needs of people with […]

UK Rare Diseases Framework – Published 9 January 2021

A framework setting out a coherent, national vision on how the UK will improve the lives of those living with rare diseases. The UK Rare Diseases Framework lists the priorities and underlying strategic themes that detail how the UK will address the challenges faced by those living with rare diseases. The UK Rare Diseases Framework […]

COVID-19: Updated guidance for Supported Living (Updated 6 January 2021)

Who this guidance is for This guidance is designed to update and build on the previous advice to supported living providers, which was withdrawn on 13 May 2020. It sets out: key messages to assist with planning and preparation in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic so that local procedures can be put in […]

‘Embarrassing shambles’ as Care Workers & NHS excluded from new immigration rules

Care home staff will be excluded from the government’s post-Brexit fast-track visa system for health workers, the government has confirmed, which has been labelled an ‘embarrassing shambles’. The 130-page paper, which was published by the Home Office on Monday, also sets out the stringent English-language conditions for overseas nationals from both EU and non-EU countries […]