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LSE threatens student protesters with legal action to end occupation - Sun, 29 Mar 2015

Students demanding fairer pay for university staff and pledge not to raise tuition fees are warned of consequences of refusing to abandon sit-in protest

The London School of Economics has threatened its students with legal action after they refused to end a sit-in demonstration.

Protesters have camped out in one of the university’s main meeting rooms for nearly two weeks, with a range of demands about privatisation, tuition fees and diversity.

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Top UK dentists smiling after surge in demand for cosmetic treatment - Sun, 29 Mar 2015

Dentists’ earnings rise as laser whitening, computerised smile analysis and straightening draw a growing number of customers

It is a stereotype that has long dogged the nation – crooked British teeth.

But figures published Monday suggest the joke may now be outdated, as dentists rake in record earnings from customers splashing out on cosmetic treatments in the hope of getting a Hollywood smile.

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Autism and ill health: how to spot the subtle signs that something is wrong - Sun, 29 Mar 2015

People with autism and learning disabilities can die up to 20 years prematurely. So how can we help carers and health workers diagnose illness in non-verbal patients?

“Oh, he’s been so brave and good. He’s not made a fuss at all.” That’s what the well-meaning care worker said about my autistic older brother after he broke his nose in an epileptic seizure some years ago. Except that Timothy wasn’t being brave or good – he’s just not able to tell us when something is wrong; he doesn’t have the words for it. Like a third of people on the autistic spectrum, my 58-year-old brother has very limited verbal communication. He can speak, but usually only when prompted, and in learned, short phrases or single words. And like the majority of people with autism, he has unusual sensory responses. We suspect that he doesn’t feel pain in quite the same way we do.

There is a saying that when you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism – it is notoriously hard to generalise about a condition that takes in such a wide spectrum, from the highly intelligent but socially awkward adult to the profoundly learning-disabled child who will need lifelong support. But there are certain health issues that crop up so often that all those with autism, their advocates and medical professionals need to be aware of them.

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Tenants face £70m rent rise as social housing converted to 'affordable' homes - Sun, 29 Mar 2015

London housing associations have responded to shortfall in government funding by recategorising tenancies so they can set rents at the highest possible level

London’s poorest households have been hit by a 70m rent rise as housing associations quietly switch thousands of tenancies to higher rates to make up a shortfall in government funding.

About 25,000 homes in the capital have been converted from “social” housing to “affordable” since 2012, according to latest figures from the Greater London authority, and thousands more are to follow in a policy that has sparked tenants’ rebellions.

Related: Housing: are we reaching a tipping point? | Zoe Williams

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Housing: are we reaching a tipping point? | Zoe Williams - Sun, 29 Mar 2015
Poorly housed people are refusing to keep quiet: groups like the New Era families or Focus E15 mothers show that a source of shame is becoming a spur to action

When does a personal problem become society’s problem? How many people have to be in a situation before it ceases to be a source of shame and starts to become a spur to action? What’s the tipping point? These questions are thrown up by a new Shelter report, The Flyers and the Triers.

The phrasing is diplomatic. The “flyers” are defined as having “made minimal sacrifices to buy a home, having received substantial financial and emotional support from family”; “triers”, meanwhile, “struggled for longer to buy a home (if they got there at all). They had less help, and had to rely more on their own efforts.” You could just as well call them the Minted and the Screwed, or go traditional: the Haves and the Have-nots. It is to the credit of the charity how tactful it remains in the face of such blanket evidence of systemic failure.

Related: London house prices rise more than a solicitor earns in a year

He’d lost friendships because everyone else had bought and he hadn’t, and they simply had incompatible lifestyles

Related: The story of the millionaire Tory MP and the tenants facing homelessness | Aditya Chakrabortty

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Sadiq Khan: on the Tooting trail with Labour's London campaign man - Sun, 29 Mar 2015

The bus driver’s son who helped Ed Miliband become Labour leader insists the general election is his top priority despite his interest in becoming the capital’s mayor

Inside the Sadiq Khan campaign HQ were parcels of flyers and posters half unpacked, milling volunteers, many stacks of sandwiches, a woman making a joke about “a paper plate crisis” and a great deal of pent up energy. It was Saturday lunchtime in Tooting constituency, the only one of three in the firmly Conservative borough of Wandsworth that Labour holds, and not by all that much.

Labour MP Khan’s winning margin in 2010 was just 2,524 votes, though the narrowness of his triumph didn’t lessen the scale of the setback for the Tories. His was one of a bunch of London targets they failed to hit, as the capital declined to swoon over David Cameron’s charms in the numbers he required to secure a Commons majority.

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Tories may not reveal details of £12bn welfare cuts until after election - Sun, 29 Mar 2015

Iain Duncan Smith says Conservatives will talk about where axe should fall when party is ready, as IFS director warns of ‘pretty dramatic’ cuts

The Conservatives may not reveal details of plans to slash 12bn from the benefits bill before voters go to the polls on 7 May, Iain Duncan Smith has said.

The welfare secretary said it may not be “relevant” to explain where the rest of the cuts will fall until after the election.

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Jeremy Hunt pledges extra £8bn for NHS if Conservatives win election - Sun, 29 Mar 2015

Health secretary promises to fund NHS England boss’s five-year plan, which foresees total funding of £30bn, with £22bn to be found via efficiency savings

The Conservative party will spend an extra 8bn on the NHS if it wins the general election to fund a five-year plan drawn up by its chief executive, Jeremy Hunt has promised.

The health secretary said the government would fully fund the plan drawn up by Simon Stevens, the boss of NHS England, under which 2bn a year would be pumped into the health service until 2019/20.

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Leading trusts defy NHS England over 'out of area' referrals - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
Teaching hospitals are continuing to refuse ‘out of area’ referrals in defiance of new rules from NHS England.

Conservatives 'would meet NHS £8bn funding requirement' - Sat, 28 Mar 2015
The health secretary has suggested a future Conservative government would meet the NHS’s  £8bn spending requirement for the next Parliament.

HSJ Live 27.03.2015: Labour would cap profits of private NHS providers - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
Ed Miliband pledges to halt ‘privatisation of NHS’ at election campaign launch, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment

Ed Miliband pledges cap on profits of independent providers in NHS - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
Ed Miliband has pledged that a Labour led government would impose a profit cap on private providers of NHS ‘clinical services’. He made the announcement at a speech to launch the party’s general election campaign in east London today.

United Lincolnshire out of special measures - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
PERFORMANCE: United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has been taken out of special measures.

Training framework to support managers needed, Change Challenge finds - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
Interactive guide to be published on Monday

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Government finds extra funds to help manage Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards pressures - Fri, 27 Mar 2015

£25m falls well short of local authority demands but will help manage caseload pressures triggered by Cheshire West judgement

Lamb: Why we are providing £25m to help staff deliver the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards - Fri, 27 Mar 2015

One-off investment for 2015-16 will help local authorites use Dols to protect rights of vulnerable people, says care minister

Mental health staffing problems linked to ward suicides - Tue, 24 Mar 2015

Research on suicides of patients under observation raises concerns about dependence on inexperienced and agency staff

First ever substance misuse framework for social workers launches - Mon, 23 Mar 2015

The national substance misuse guidance sets out what social workers at every stage of their career should know

‘Staff are firefighting, service users suffer’: views on the mental health funding shortage - Fri, 20 Mar 2015

Social workers, psychiatrists and mental health campaigners give their take on news of mental health funding cuts

‘You work with a constant sense of anxiety because you can’t do your job properly’ - Fri, 20 Mar 2015

A mental health social worker reveals the impact an under resourced mental health system has on frontline staff

Mental health trust funding down 8% from 2010 despite coalition’s drive for parity of esteem - Fri, 20 Mar 2015

Research suggests that NHS trusts' income for mental health services has dropped by 8.2% over past five years despite rising demand

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases in Wales hit record high in run-up to landmark ruling - Tue, 17 Mar 2015

Applications rose by 20% in 2013-14 but will have increased even further in wake of Supreme Court ruling in ‘Cheshire West’ case

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Attitudes towards Muslim charities are stifling anti-extremism efforts, Sir Stephen Bubb says - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
The head of the chief executives body Acevo asks the leaders of the three main political parties to meet him and a delegation of Muslim charities to discuss the issue

Macmillan Cancer Support is Home Retail Group's charity partner for two years - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
The retail group, which owns Argos, Homebase and Habitat, picked the cancer charity in a staff vote

Regulator to probe Sheffield recycling charity over accounts - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
Sheffield Reclamation was taken out of the Charity Commission's double defaulters inquiry last May, but has since missed the accounts-submitting deadline for 2014

Charity Commission opens inquiry into Kurdish Community Centre in north London - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
In 2013 the regulator imposed an action plan on the charity, requiring it to ensure that materials appearing to support a banned terrorist group were removed from its premises

Government responds to report of draft bill committee chaired by Lord Hope - Fri, 27 Mar 2015
It accepts most of the recommendations, but it wants two measures included in the original consultation on the draft Protection of Charities Bill reinserted

Growing the social investment market requires more investor transparency, report says - Thu, 26 Mar 2015
The Alternative Commission on Social Investment also recommends that the role of Big Society Capital be adjusted so that it focuses more on its own impact

Online giving platforms welcome Finance Bill measure to simplify Gift Aid claims - Thu, 26 Mar 2015
The bill, published this week, includes clauses that would allow donors to complete one declaration covering all donations made through a particular intermediary

ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson denies fraud charges - Thu, 26 Mar 2015
Henderson, who was dismissed as chief executive of the disaster relief charity in 2012, entered his plea by video link at a hearing at the Old Bailey in London

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Global sum to be increased again in October in unprecedented move - Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Exclusive Basic practice funding will increase to reflect phasing out of seniority pay

General practice has been deprioritised under this Government, says think-tank - Thu, 26 Mar 2015

King’s Fund: Coalition Government has ‘neglected’ general practice

GPs can refer overseas visitors for free in cases of violence, says DH - Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Non-Europeans subjected to torture, FGM, sexual and domestic violence would also be exempt from paying

GMC surveys trainees on their confidence levels - Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Regulator changes survey to reflect concerns about bullying

GPs warned over link between glucose-lowering drugs and heart failure - Wed, 25 Mar 2015

Drugs linked to between 25% and 40% increase in heart failure

Practices to be given £8,000 annual grant to take on GP returners - Wed, 25 Mar 2015

GP returners will be given bursaries of £2,300 a month to work in supervised practices

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