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Firms must be forced to raise low pay, says key ally of David Cameron - Sat, 04 Jul 2015
Ex-Downing Street aide Rohan Silva puts forward radical plan to make the living wage a requirement

George Osborne will come under new pressure to tackle the scourge of low pay, as a former senior adviser to David Cameron calls for all employers to be forced to pay the living wage as a way to combat poverty and boost the economy.

Before his first all-Tory budget on Wednesday, in which he will spell out how to cut 12bn from the social security bill, the chancellor is expected to sweeten the pill by offering help to low earners through the tax system, and by pressuring or incentivising employers to pay higher wages. But writing in the Observer, Rohan Silva, who worked with Cameron at No 10 from 2010-13, says the time has come to tell all employers to pay the living wage – an hourly rate well above the minimum wage.

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How charisma of Kids Company leader failed to stop rows and funding standoffs - Sat, 04 Jul 2015
Forced exit of Camila Batmanghelidjh ends an era when charity enjoyed fame but courted controversy

For the children’s charities waiting for their government funding allocations, the news came as a bolt from the blue: their grants were going to be delayed.

They had filed their applications in October 2013, expecting to learn what they would receive from the Department for Education by the end of December. Instead it was not until March 2014 that they discovered the size of their grants.

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Transgender victims have few places to turn as LGBT domestic violence climbs - Sat, 04 Jul 2015

With surveys pointing to a growing problem, transgender and other LGBT Americans struggle to find understanding through traditional support services

As a transgender man, Allan says he had nowhere to go when his relationship became violent and a partner would beat him up and force him to have sex with men for money.

“There were times when the violence got too much for me and I thought I was living in a bad dream. I lost my job, car, home and had no money,” said 49-year-old Allan.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh: government trying to discredit me - Fri, 03 Jul 2015

Departing Kids Company boss complains that Whitehall sources are talking down charity at a time when its funding situation has not been resolved

The children’s charity boss Camila Batmanghelidjh has accused the government of briefing against her Kids Company after it emerged that she had been asked to step down in order to secure 3m in funding for the high-profile organisation.

The charity said Batmanghelidjh was prepared to step down to take on a new “advocacy, fundraising and clinical role” in order to secure the funding from the Cabinet Office that is necessary to keep it afloat.

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The Kids Company story shows why a charity shouldn’t be about one person - Fri, 03 Jul 2015

Reports surrounding chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh show the problems charities can have when founders are at the helm

Related: Camila Batmanghelidjh to leave Kids Company, citing politicians 'ugly games'

Charity founders can be charismatic and pioneering leaders. They are passionate about the cause, committed to the organisation and often motivated by a particular life experience that gives them an acute awareness of the needs the charity is set up to meet. Founders can also bring bags of personality to an organisation and can be a great asset – infectious to others and attractive to funders.

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Kids Company row highlights dilemma of charities at the sharp end of austerity - Fri, 03 Jul 2015

The likes of Camila Batmanghelidjh’s organisation are in a bind: dependent on government funding but determined to speak out about effect of cuts

For years, Kids Company has scooped up and looked after thousands of vulnerable children who have been failed by the state. With heavy cuts to local authority budgets, and increased pressure on children’s mental health services, more and more children have been turning to Camila Batmanghelidjh’s organisation for help.

Whatever the cause of the row between the government and the former figurehead of the Conservatives’ now-buried “big society” initiative, the result will probably be reduced funding for Kids Company and less help available to children who need it. The development comes at the end of a particularly bleak week for people working with disadvantaged and low-income families.

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No charges for missed GP appointments, says Cameron - Fri, 03 Jul 2015

Prime minister dismisses Jeremy Hunt suggestion that patients may face charges to encourage greater responsibility for use of NHS resources

Downing Street has dismissed a suggestion by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that patients who miss NHS appointments could be charged to ensure they take greater responsibility for the use of limited resources.

A spokeswoman for David Cameron said there was “no intention” to charge people if they missed appointments, after Hunt said he was interested in the idea in principle even though it could be difficult to enforce.

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'I welcomed Cameron into my home, but his talk on British Muslims saddens me' - Fri, 03 Jul 2015

Abdullah Rehman says prime minister’s change of tone towards Muslim communities risks making people feel alienated and stigmatised

When Amina, 16, tells her friends that the prime minister once spent the night in her parent’s spare room, they don’t believe her. Few people will remember that David Cameron stayed in the sparsely furnished, modest room in Birmingham from which Amina’s brother Fehzan, 18, has just stumbled out half-asleep.

Back in 2007, when Cameron was 16 months into his role as the Conservative leader and intent on detoxifying his party’s brand, he was the unlikely house guest of Abdullah and Shahida Rehman, a neighbourhood warden and dinner lady. The politician had been keen to see how community action had transformed a former red light district into a now thriving neighbourhood, and was said to be so impressed that Balsall Heath was called the inspiration for the ‘big society’.

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Exclusive: Cornwall set for NHS integration-devolution deal - Fri, 3 Jul 2015
A devolution deal for Cornwall, including greater integration and control over health and care spending, is expected to be announced by the chancellor next week, HSJ has learned.

Bennett: FTs must cut deficit or face 'completely eroded' freedoms - Fri, 3 Jul 2015
Exclusive: Monitor’s chief executive will today warn that foundation trusts could see their freedoms ‘completely eroded’ if they do not do better to reduce a sector-wide deficit projected to reach £1bn in 2015-16.

Exclusive: Barbara Hakin to retire - Fri, 3 Jul 2015
NHS England national commissioning operations director Dame Barbara Hakin is to retire by the end of the year.

Concerns NHS England safe staffing guide for mental health 'lacks rigour' - Fri, 3 Jul 2015
Experts have criticised NHS England’s latest safe staffing guidance on mental health inpatient care, raising concerns that the model used ‘lacks rigour’.

NHS England announces specialised treatment decisions - Fri, 3 Jul 2015
NHS England has announced it will begin funding a range of new specialised treatments and drugs, following a consultation process and

HSJ Live 03.07.2015: Last chance to enter the HSJ Awards - Fri, 3 Jul 2015
The entry deadline for the HSJ Awards 2015 is midnight tonight, plus the rest of today’s news and comment

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Deprivation of liberty ruling contributing to ‘unprecedented pressure’ on Approved Mental Health Professionals - Mon, 29 Jun 2015

Cheshire West ruling has led to several AMHP teams facing surge in requests for Mental Health Act assessments, report finds

‘People deprived of liberty in supported living are at risk of human rights violations’ - Thu, 18 Jun 2015

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were fatally flawed from the start by their failure to include supported living services, says Lucy Series

‘I have supplied him with clean clothes and bought his favourite biscuits to gain his trust’ - Thu, 18 Jun 2015

A substance misuse social worker talks through her day spent providing motivation, understanding and gaining trust

Government brings forward deadline for deprivation of liberty reform plans - Wed, 17 Jun 2015

Accelerated timetable will see Law Commission publish draft legislation by end of 2016

Councils’ failure to make court applications leaving ‘widespread unlawful deprivations of liberty’ - Wed, 17 Jun 2015

Councils have made just 1.6% of court applications they feel may be needed to ensure community care placements comply with landmark Cheshire West ruling, Community Care research finds

Court of Appeal ruling means streamlined deprivation of liberty process is fatally flawed - Tue, 16 Jun 2015

Clarity on the law in relation to deprivation of liberty cannot come soon enough in the light of another landmark case, explains Ben Troke of law firm Browne Jacobson

CQC regulation of AMHPs could crack down on councils ‘ignoring’ statutory duties - Tue, 16 Jun 2015

Social work leaders say regulatory scrutiny of Approved Mental Health Professional provision must also boost staff support

Judge makes second call for Supreme Court to reconsider Cheshire West due to “serious confusion” in law - Fri, 12 Jun 2015

In series of judgements, Mr Justice Mostyn has questioned the Cheshire West judgement and said the law on deprivation of liberty is in state of confusion

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Kids Company chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh to step down | IoF chair Richard Taylor pulls out of move to Which? | Sector bodies to produce new guidance on charity fundraising - Fri, 03 Jul 2015
Plus: Breast Cancer Now loses a quarter of its staff after merger | Number of serious incidents reported to the Charity Commission rises by two-thirds | Amnesty International calls for inquiry into GCHQ 'spying'

Sir Stephen Bubb says Budget must give charities a role in tackling extremism and creating full employment - Fri, 03 Jul 2015
The head of the charity chief executives organisation Acevo also says in a letter to Chancellor George Osborne that the Local Sustainability Fund should be doubled to £40m

New press regulator registers as community interest company - Fri, 03 Jul 2015
Impress: The Independent Monitor For The Press will receive financial backing from the Independent Press Regulation Trust, a charity that gained charitable registration last month

Kids Company chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh to step down amid claims of government pressure - Fri, 03 Jul 2015
According to reports, the government would not give the charity more funding unless its founder and head relinquished her role

The rollercoaster ride to bring back Dreamland - Fri, 19 Jun 2015
A group of local residents and campaigners began a 12-year battle that led to the reopening of a historic amusement park on the Margate sea front. Andy Hillier reports

IoF chair Richard Taylor pulls out of move from CRUK to Which? - Fri, 03 Jul 2015
Taylor, head of fundraising at the cancer charity, was due to join the consumer charity as an executive director next month

Amnesty International calls for inquiry into why GCHQ 'spied' on it - Thu, 02 Jul 2015
It was revealed this week that the security agency had illegally retained communications it had intercepted from Amnesty

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland consults on mission and strategy - Thu, 02 Jul 2015
Interested parties have until 7 September to comment on the plans for the next three years; the relevant document is on the regulator's website

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Medication costing more than £20 to include price on label - Thu, 2 Jul 2015

Patients to be alerted to cost of ‘wasted’ medication

Health secretary dismisses pleas to halt CQC inspections - Thu, 2 Jul 2015

Jeremy Hunt dismisses calls from the RCGP

GP extraction service was 'fundamentally flawed', Government auditors find - Thu, 2 Jul 2015

GPES ‘unlikely to have long-term future’

DH proposes to cap lawyer fees for low-value claims against GPs - Thu, 2 Jul 2015

Uncertain whether could lead to lower GP indemnity costs

Violence and aggression from patients on the rise say GPs - Wed, 1 Jul 2015

Almost half of GPs say patients have become more violent in past five years

Orthopaedic groups apologise after claiming that ‘GPs not doing their job properly' - Wed, 1 Jul 2015

GPs had been blamed for patients undergoing needless keyhole knee surgery

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