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Scotland’s Housing Minister has pledged to bring forward legislation to restrict the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation for homeless people.Kevin Stewart said the government would consult on the issue early in 2019.He said: “We recognise that work needs to be done here. We will consult on all of this at…
The number of people held in immigration detention has fallen to the lowest level since comparable records started nearly a decade ago, Government figures show.There were 2,049 detainees at the end of September, a 41% drop compared with the same date 12 months earlier.A Home Office report said the fall…
£114m will be invested in 2019/20 to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced.This is £7m more than in 2018/19 and the fifth consecutive year funding to support health professional education and training has increased. Health and social…
High earners should have childcare subsidies scrapped to give a boost to low-income families under Universal Credit, the architects of the reforms have said.The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think-tank, in a joint report with Save the Children, argues the Government's flagship welfare reform should fund 100% of childcare payments…
Ministers are pledging to take an “innovative” approach to tackling drug and alcohol addiction in Scotland, even if it makes some people “uncomfortable”.Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said the Scottish Government is committing an extra £20 million a year through its new strategy.He warned: “This money mustn’t just produce more…
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones told an inquest that cabinet minister Carl Sargeant did not give him an "outright denial" as he sacked him after "bombshell" sexual misconduct allegations.Mr Jones, watched by Mr Sargeant's wife Bernadette, his son Jack, and other family members on the third day of the inquest…
The capacity of childcare services in Scotland has decreased, prompting renewed fears the Scottish Government will not be able to meet its pledge to expand free nursery provision.It has pledged to increase paid-for nursery places from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year olds, and eligible two-year…
The Brexit deal Theresa May is seeking to "impose" on Scotland could end up costing the equivalent of £1,600 a year, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.The First Minister (pictured) branded the draft deal drawn up by the UK Government as "unacceptable" and insisted: "In short it will make us poorer."She spoke…
MPs should vote for the Brexit deal to ensure medical stockpiles do not run out, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told the Commons.Mr Hancock said "voting for the deal is the best way to ensure unhindered supply of medicines", in response to health questions.He reportedly told the Prime Minister and…
Scotland could become a “world-leader in ending homelessness” under a new plan to end rough sleeping, charities have said.The Scottish Government said it will shift towards getting homeless people into long-term and settled accommodation as part of their Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan.Described as a “historic opportunity to make a…
Four women bringing a High Court challenge over the Government's Universal Credit scheme say they are struggling financially because of the way the system operates.The women, who are all working single mothers, argue a "fundamental problem" with the controversial welfare scheme means their monthly payments vary "enormously" and they end…
The Government has suffered a further defeat at the hands of peers demanding strengthened safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals.The House of Lords backed by 277 votes to 192, majority 85, a change to draft legislation to give the person being looked after and their representatives…
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