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Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced multimillion-pound projects aimed at helping poorer families nurture their child's early development at home.Backed by almost £18 million, they will include funding for extra training for health visitors who work with families to identify speech, language and communication needs in young children.The money will…
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has been urged to take action to halt the “spiralling epidemic” of suicides in Scotland’s prisons.The plea came after Mr Yousaf held talks with the parents of a young woman who took her own life while serving a sentence in Polmont Young Offenders Institution.Four months after…
Increasing income tax or national insurance contributions should be considered by the Government to avoid the collapse of adult social care, councils have warned.The Local Government Authority (LGA) said that the current system was at "breaking point" after decades of underfunding by successive administrations, and needed a massive cash injection.Ahead…
The Welsh Government will invest £15m next year to help safely reduce the need for children to enter care and support children in care, Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies announced. As at March 2017, there were 5,954 children in care in Wales, and increase of 5% on the previous year.…
A woman's rights campaigner who says she was promised a peerage in return for sleeping with a senior member of the House of Lords has urged other victims of harassment to speak out.Jasvinder Sanghera (pictured) has disclosed that she was the woman who lodged a complaint against the former Liberal…
The widow of a former Welsh Government minister who was found dead while facing sexual misconduct allegations is to urge the High Court to allow her to challenge the legality of an inquiry into his sacking.A judge in London will hear a fresh application for a judicial review by Bernie…
A no-deal Brexit could lead to the NHS forking out £2.3 billion by 2020, new analysis suggests.The additional cost could come as a result of increased purchasing of supplies and may have an impact on patient care, according to the Nuffield Trust.A new blog published on the think tank's website…
There are not enough public health policies designed to prevent illness, a Holyrood committee has found.MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee found that the health service was over-reliant on tackling existing problems rather than preventing them from happening.Most activity focuses on treating illness at an early stage or preventing…
People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start of Safeguarding Week (12th – 16th November), the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care,…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is considering his response after a High Court judge declared a decision to cut state cash support to potential victims of human trafficking unlawful.Weekly payouts were cut from £65 to £37.75 in March, a month before Mr Javid took charge at the Home Office.A teenage asylum…
MSPs on a Scottish Parliament committee say they want to hear people’s views as they launched an inquiry into how youngsters with mental health problems access support.The probe is being led by Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee, which said it is particularly keen to understand the experiences of people under the…
Ministers have been accused of "unforgivable cowardice" after it was revealed that experts hired to test cladding 12 days after the Grenfell Tower fire were banned from criticising Theresa May.A contract signed with engineering firm WSP stated that it must not generate "adverse publicity" for the Cabinet Office or other…
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