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    The cuts in local government funding have had a significant impact on London’s most deprived communities

The cuts in local government funding have had a significant impact on London’s most deprived communities

How has the significant cuts to local authority funding affected front-line services? There had undoubtedly been enormous strain on services and front-line staff, with councils have argued that the limits to efficiency have been reached. Amanda Fitzgerald presents findings from a new report for the Trust for London into the most deprived communities in London.

The local government funding cuts announced […]

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    Reducing inequalities in mental health is a task for the whole of government and all sectors

Reducing inequalities in mental health is a task for the whole of government and all sectors

While mental disorders may affect anyone in society, there is a social gradient in common mental disorders (depression and anxiety) with a higher prevalence found among those living in poorer households. What can be done? Early identification of people at risk and action on the social determinants is essential, writes Ruth Bell.

Thankfully, there is now increased attention on improving access to therapeutic treatments […]

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    The government’s rehabilitation policy is in crisis due to the ready embrace of austerity

The government’s rehabilitation policy is in crisis due to the ready embrace of austerity

The government’s rehabilitation policy is in crisis, with the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling presiding over a series of monumental policy errors which have combined to erode prisoner rights and derail the “Rehabilitation Revolution” promised by his predecessor Ken Clarke, writes Richard Ridyard. He argues that Grayling’s devotion and justification of the government’s austerity policies are the root cause of the […]

‘Poverty Porn’ undermines the welfare state

At their annual conference, the Conservatives announced that if elected next year they plan to issue those on benefits with pre-paid cards for food so they don’t ‘waste it’ on items such as cigarettes or alcohol. This is the latest in a long line of measures which suggest that current welfare reform is based upon the notion that people in poverty are to blame for their circumstances, write Dan Silver and Kim Allen.
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    To succeed in reducing poverty, we need rethink our approach to it

To succeed in reducing poverty, we need rethink our approach to it

Summarising the findings of a new report into poverty in the UK, Katie Schmuecker highlights the need to go beyond conventional approaches to poverty reduction. She discusses the changing face of poverty, with the fall in pensioner poverty and rise in poverty of those living in working households.

With conference season in full swing and the finishing touches being put to manifestos, the Joseph Rowntree […]

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    ‘A policy that kills’: The bedroom tax is an affront to basic rights

‘A policy that kills’: The bedroom tax is an affront to basic rights

Billed as a way to reduce under-occupation and encourage people back into work, the ‘bedroom tax’ has not met the goals set out by policymakers, writes Insa Koch. Instead it is creating hardship for many of the over 500,000 households affected by the tax, forcing many into a situation where they are forcibly evicted from their homes. Moreover, the vast majority of […]

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    How political context has affected policies of personalisation in Norway and England

How political context has affected policies of personalisation in Norway and England

Care services have increasingly become personalised, tailoring services to individuals’ needs rather than fitting individuals into existing service provisions. By comparing the cases of Norway and England, Karen Christensen and Doria Pilling analyse whether personalisation policies are impacted by the political context. They find that while the English are more politically accepting of ‘the market’ and Norwegians have a more statist approach, the […]

Race equality is a challenge the NHS must rise to

How staff are treated impacts on patient care, but the NHS has yet to tackle discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff like it does other patient care issues, writes Roger Kline. In this article, he discusses new proposals whereby NHS organisations will be encouraged to take race equality seriously for the sake of patients.

The NHS has so far failed to meet […]

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