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It’s three weeks since the announcement that SSI was to be mothballed. Three weeks ago we had hope. Faith that the steelmaking industry on Teesside would recommence in the future and that just maybe Paul and his colleagues would be able to return to a job they loved. We believed the government would help. It could not allow another world renowned British industry to die. It would not let that happen again…surely?
We had hope that if the worst did happen the steelworker’s would be treated respectfully, thanked for their commitment to a hazardous, arduous job and ensured they would not suffer a crippling financial impact. Maybe we were naive – we’d never been in this position before. We’d never depended on the government before. Maybe we were stupid, crazy, mad to imagine the government would step in. We did not expect them to keep SSI in full production when…

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How The DWP Is Drafting In Doctors To Promote Iain Duncan Smith’s Warped Ideology

the void

fit-note-guidanceAre you working hard enough?  Are you sure?  What if you get sick, or have an accident?  Are you prepared to go to work anyway, even if you don’t think it would be good for your health?  What if your doctor and boss agree you could do something other than your usual job instead of malingering at home?  Like making cups of tea all day, or cleaning the bogs, or any form of work your empoyer can dream up to force you not to take time off.  Because that is now the chilling reality as the DWP attempts to inject Iain Duncan Smith’s warped ideology into the NHS.

Last week the DWP issued patronising new guidance to GPs on when they should issue a Fit Note.  Doctors are warned of the dangers of ‘worklessness’ and told they must consider “the vital role that work can play in your patient’s health”.

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Thanet ranks in the worst 20 UK areas for highest percentage of people not paid the living wage | Thanet Gazette

Source: Thanet ranks in the worst 20 UK areas for highest percentage of people not paid the living wage | Thanet Gazette

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Children in Society: politics, policies and interventions (ed) 978 1 906254 80 3 Due October 2015

Source: Children in Society: politics, policies and interventions (ed) 978 1 906254 80 3 Due October 2015

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AN ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN ENGLAND… The King’s Fund 08/10/15Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. The experience will be different for each of us, as will the type of support we need. But what mental health services are there? And how do they fit in with other health and public services? The King’s Fund has produced an animated film to help people to understand more about mental health issues and the possible care pathways. Released to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October 2015, the animation was produced with input from three experts by experience and advice from a mental health nurse and a senior colleague from a mental health charity. The three stories feature Asif who suffers from diabetes which leads to deep depression; Alicia, a young girl who hears voices and goes into crisis; Mary, an elderly lady with dementia who eventually goes into a care home.The King’s Fund recognises that the experience of the three characters in the film will not reflect those of all mental health services users. Everyone’s needs and experiences are different, and the availability and quality of services vary across the country. The aim was to create something that would demonstrate the range of services available but also highlight some of the issues that need to be addressed.To view the animation go to the Home Page of the King’s Fund website:http://www.kingsfund.org.uk and click on ‘Watch the Animation’

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The Day I Burnt My Social Services Files

I’ve had my files in my possession for about two years. I say files. It’s Read More..

Source: The Day I Burnt My Social Services Files

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Housing prices rise in the south east | Thanet Gazette

Source: Housing prices rise in the south east | Thanet Gazette

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Thanet council threaten Sir Roger Gale with legal action | Thanet Gazette

Source: Thanet council threaten Sir Roger Gale with legal action | Thanet Gazette

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Is GSK’s CEO (Andrew Witty’s) Chancellorship Of The University Of Nottingham A Paradigm Of Institutional Hypocrisy?

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UKIP loses Thanet Council Majority


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