DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit. A white paper from 2010, which set out the government’s plans for the new programme, suggested … Continue reading DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

The NHS could have avoided the crippling effects of the “relatively unsophisticated” WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May with “basic IT security”, according to an independent investigation into the cyber-attack. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that 19,500 medical appointments were cancelled, computers … Continue reading NHS and Department of Health must “get their act together” to avoid further hacking chaos, says National Audit Office

Ministry of Jusice reveal 1,700 prison officers have been dropped from eight highest security prisons

High-security prisons holding Britain’s most dangerous prisoners have lost one in four officers since the Conservatives have been in government, it can be revealed. HMP Belmarsh, the category-A men’s prison that has inmates including serial killer Stephen Port and extreme Islamist preacher Anjem … Continue reading Ministry of Jusice reveal 1,700 prison officers have been dropped from eight highest security prisons

Lloyds Pharmacy to close 190 stores, blames government funding cuts

Cormac Tobin, managing director at LloydsPharmacy owner Celesio UK, said the closures were in response to “the dramatic funding and reimbursement cuts over the past 24 months”. “Community pharmacy needs to adapt to the changing requirements of patients and the NHS, indeed it … Continue reading Lloyds Pharmacy to close 190 stores, blames government funding cuts

People recovering from surgery to spend up to two weeks in strangers’ spare bedrooms

The NHS will potentially trial a scheme which will send patients recovering from minor surgery to live in the spare bedrooms of local residents, with the NHS paying the hosts up to £1,000 a month to serve them three microwave … Continue reading People recovering from surgery to spend up to two weeks in strangers’ spare bedrooms

Jacob Rees-Mogg criticises Sajid Javid’s £50bn housing plans, instead says we should build on green belt land

He said: “I think it’s tackling the wrong end of the problem. I don’t think there’s a shortage of capital for house-building, I think there’s a shortage of planning permissions. “This is putting the cart before the horse. If you … Continue reading Jacob Rees-Mogg criticises Sajid Javid’s £50bn housing plans, instead says we should build on green belt land

Six weeks for first UC payment is too long, says 74% of those polled including majority of Tory voters

Respondents to the poll were asked whether they thought the average six-week period new claimants are made to wait before receiving their first full payment is “an acceptable wait, or should the Government take steps to reduce waiting times?”. Just … Continue reading Six weeks for first UC payment is too long, says 74% of those polled including majority of Tory voters