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The UK Faculty of Public Health will call for national food policy including sugar tax as concerns rise over vitamin deficiencies

Campaigners say poor cannot afford charge imposed on them for first time last year, leaving councils chasing lost revenue

Almost A MILLION Working Families Skipping Meals To Pay The Rent

Almost a MILLION working parents are skipping meals so they can afford to pay the rent or mortgage, shocking new figures reveal.

Critics brand eBay-style system auctionyourgranny.com while company says it is changing behaviour in a 'too fluffy' market

Self-Harm And Suicide Attempts Soar On NHS Wards, Say Labour

Labour Party Media Release: More patients are self-harming and attempting suicide in NHS hospitals, new figures reveal. Data obtained by Labour’s Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health, show the number of suicide attempts and self-harm incidents in mental health...

ESA Reconsideration Statistics – April 2012 To June 2013 (Graph)

This graph shows the total number of ESA reconsiderations per month compared to the number of decisions overturned.

DWP So Desperate To Make Universal Credit Work They’ll Pay Your Rent For You

Further problems with Iain Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit scheme have emerged today, as figures show that the DWP is so desperate to make the new benefit work that they'll even pay your rent for you. Labour MP Frank Field...

Unite Ballots NHS Staff For Strike Action Over ‘Insulting’ Pay Offer

Unite, the country’s largest union, is balloting its members over possible strike action in the autumn over the government’s ‘insulting’ pay offer

Britain’s Social Housing Estates ‘Nothing Short Of A National Embarrassment’, Says Report

Far too many of Britain's social housing estates are blighted by crime, gangs, unemployment, poor education and violence, the report claims.

UK Welfare Cuts Putting Scottish Children At Risk – SNP

Scottish National Party (SNP) Media Release: The SNP has today highlighted a report by leading charities showing that Westminster’s welfare cuts are putting children in danger. Today’s Herald reports Barnardo's Scotland and NSPCC Scotland are also warning that the Scottish Government’s...

Pensioner’s Winter Fuel Allowance Would Rise With Inflation In An Independent Scotland, Say SNP

Pensioner's Winter Fuel Allowance would increase with inflation in an independent Scotland, say the Scottish National Party (SNP). The SNP say that Winter Fuel Allowance (WFA) in Scotland would be increased in line with inflation for the very first time,...

Rethink Apologises For Offensive ‘Disease Burden’ Email – But Then Defend It

Rethink has issued an apology in response to concerns about an email which appeared to suggest that people with mental health problems are a"disease burden" on the NHS.

British Jihadists Should Be Stripped Of Their Benefits, Say MPs

Similar measures have already been introduced in Belgium and Australia, and are now being recommended by a growing number of MPs in the UK.

Fury As Charity Claims People With Mental Health Problems Are A ‘Disease Burden’

Campaigners have reacted angrily to an email from the charity Rethink, which appears to suggest that people with mental health problems are a “disease burden” on the NHS.

UK’s Poorest Regions Worst Off Among Northern European Countries

The poorest regions in the UK are by far the poorest in all of Northern Europe and much more unequal, figures suggest.

Majority Of Social Security Cuts Fall On Working Families, Say TUC

Welfare reforms spectacularly fail the Prime Minister’s new family test, says TUC.

Labour Need To Dramatically Increase Health Visitor Numbers, Say Unite

An incoming Labour government will dramatically need to increase the number of health visitors to repair the damage of the coalition’s austerity measures, say Unite.

‘Fit For Work’ Tests ‘Far From Satisfactory’, Says Think Tank

The highly controversial 'fit for work' test is “far from satisfactory” for people with mental health problems, a damning new report has found.

DWP Denies Urging Staff To Vote ‘No’ In Scottish Independence Referendum

The Department for Work and Pensions has denied urging civil servants to vote 'No' in the Scottish Independence referendum in September.

£1.2 Billion End Of Life Care Contract ‘A Privatisation Too Far’, Say Unison

Unison is calling on patients and residents to 'fight-back' against the planned privatisation of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent cancer and end of life care services.

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