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Sanctions against "seriously ill" benefit claimants should be stopped, ministers have been told as the Government denied people with mental health problems are punished more often. Employment Minister Priti Patel also told MPs it would be "misleading" to assess on its own the impact of sanctions on claimants' mental health.…
A specialist multi-agency team aimed at targeting the criminal behaviour of scammers and supporting their vulnerable victims is now operating in Angus. Angus Financial Abuse Support Team (FAST) came together in response to major concerns about the number of especially vulnerable people being targeted by criminals. The virtual team comprises…
A "depraved" carer who filmed herself sexually abusing elderly victims at a residential home and shared the footage with her boyfriend has had five years added to her prison sentence. Judges at the Court of Appeal in London agreed with Solicitor General Robert Buckland that the original jail term of…
NHS 24 has apologised to the daughter of a woman who committed suicide after her final cries for help were downgraded to a three-hour wait by call-centre staff. The woman, who suffered from anxiety and depression, called her daughter on March 16 2014, a week after a previous suicide attempt,…
A High Court judge should no longer oversee a case in which considerable amounts of taxpayers' money have been unnecessarily spent, the head of civil justice in England and Wales has concluded. Mr Justice Mostyn had twice made decisions which had been successfully challenged in the Court of Appeal and…
People with mental health problems do not always feel listened to or treated with dignity and respect, according to a new report. A survey of more than 13,000 people by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found more people reporting a poor experience with community mental health care compared with the…
Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn has announced the appointment of Susan Douglas-Scott as the new chair of ILF Scotland as well as the appointment of three board members. Mr Hepburn (pictured) said:“I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Susan Douglas-Scott as the chair of ILF…
Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Older People, Claire Keatinge, has called on the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) to ensure perpetrators of crimes against older people are brought to justice following recent reports of burglaries across Northern Ireland. "Recent reports of several burglaries of the homes of older people are both…
The head of a suicide-prevention service has said that over 100 jobs are at risk in its call centres across Northern Ireland. Lifeline employs 134 people in two offices in Londonderry and Belfast, but a contract for the 24/7 helpline is due to expire at the end of this year.…
Young males between the ages of 10 and 24 have committed suicide in growing numbers as a direct result of austerity measures brought in across Europe following the 2009 recession. According to new research from the University of Portsmouth and Webster Vienna University, more males of all ages are committing…
People with schizophrenia are left unable to work and struggle with relationships because they do not get the right support, a charity has said. A survey of more than 1,000 people with the condition and their carers found long delays in accessing talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT),…
Applications to deprive people of their liberty - through methods such as straps, restraints or behaviour-controlling medication - have surged, leaving councils "struggling" to meet legal requirements, a report shows. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) applications have risen dramatically in England following a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. There…