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Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has described Scotland's share of increased NHS spending as an "insult" to the service and its patients. She told MSPs the Scottish Government had been "short-changed" by the Chancellor to the tune of £54.5 million. Philip Hammond's Budget took forward plans to increase funding for the…
An MP has expressed concern the number of people receiving custodial sentences for child sexual abuse (CSA) has fallen despite such crimes continuing to happen on a "massive scale". Rotherham MP Sarah Champion (pictured) said fewer cases are being passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police "cannot…
Jeremy Corbyn criticised Philip Hammond for delivering a "broken promise Budget" as he insisted austerity needs to end because it has failed. The Labour leader said eight years of austerity has "damaged our economy" and delayed the recovery, adding the Government has not abandoned the policy despite the Chancellor's latest…
Philip Hammond's Budget will do nothing for those "massacred" by the Universal Credit welfare reforms, a veteran MP has said. Frank Field, who chairs the Commons' Work and Pensions Committee, poured scorn over the Chancellor's Budget. He told MPs it would do little to help those who have been left…
A cash boost for mental health services will "end the stigma which has forced too many to suffer in silence", the Chancellor said. Philip Hammond said he hoped the extra money would also end "the tragedy of too many lives lost to suicide". Plans to boost NHS funding were announced…
Cash to meet rising social care costs and extra funds to repair potholes were announced by Philip Hammond to ease the pressure on town hall budgets. Local government chiefs have suffered years of cuts and the Chancellor acknowledged they had "made a significant contribution to repairing the public finances". But…
Philip Hammond used his Budget to offer early tax cuts for millions of workers and extra cash for Whitehall departments, as he began the process of easing austerity. Boosted by improved public finance forecasts, the Chancellor promised a "brighter future" after years of constraint imposed following the financial crash. Measures…
Additional funding announced for social care "only just staves off total collapse" of a "broken" sector, a leading charity has warned. Philip Hammond announced £650 million for social care funding next year. The Chancellor said he would make the additional grant funding available for English local authorities for 2019/20, on…
Rape crisis centres across Scotland are to receive £1.5 million to expand support services. Equalities minister Christina McKelvie (pictured) said the Scottish Government is “committed to preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls”. The centres offer confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to those who have experienced…
The spending decisions and leadership of key organisations set up to transform care in Scotland have been questioned by MSPs. Holyrood’s Health Committee has been examining the work of integration authorities (IAs), which were established in 2016 to bring together health and social care in to a single, integrated system.…
Philip Hammond will announce a £2 billion increase in funding for mental health services as he delivers what is expected to be his final Budget before Britain leaves the EU. After weeks of turmoil over Brexit, Tory MPs will be looking to the Chancellor to raise party morale with his…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has acknowledged further change is needed to the system of Universal Credit (UC) amid fresh warnings it is causing "unacceptable" hardship to claimants.Ms McVey (pictured) denied presiding over a culture of "indifference" after a committee of MPs accused her department of turning a "deaf…
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