In this special report Jennifer Williams catches a glimpse of the lives of those that sleep rough on Manchester's streets
BY JENNIFER WILLIAMS The figure in the Royal Exchange doorway is motionless. It’s 8.45am. Commuters are rushing through St Ann’s Square in the icy drizzle, heads bent over coffee cups as drama quietly plays out nearby. Kelly is vaguely known to the council’s homelessness team, but they don’t know her well. “I’ve not come […]
Manchester Users Network's chair Paul Reed is interviewed by Andy Crane Radio Manchester GMR
Manchester Users Network’s chair Paul Reed is interviewed by Andy Crane about the work capability assessment as part of the new Employment and support allowance (ESA). Listen Below [audio:https://www.manchesterusersnetwork.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/BBC-Radio-Manchester-WCA.mp3|titles=BBC Radio Manchester – ESA and WCA – Benefit reform]
Delayed discharges, unsuitable living conditions and inappropriate services are behind excessive bed shortages for mental health patients, an inquiry has found.
The interim report from the Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care found that 92% of consultants in the 122 acute wards surveyed said they treated patients who could have been treated elsewhere if other services had been available.
Millions of UK workers fear reporting mental health conditions !
Huge numbers of UK workers are hiding mental health conditions from their employers for fear of it affecting their job, according to Friends Life.
A poll from One Poll for the insurance firm, which surveyed more than 2,000 people, found that more than 50% of all workers believe being open about a common mental health problem would damage their career prospects.
The UK working-age population is more than 38 million, according to the Office for National Statistics.
So more than 19 million workers in the UK could be worried about reporting a common mental health problem to their employers.
UN official Raquel Rolnik is looking for your personal stories about the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). Ms Rolnik has already produced a statement on the bedroom tax, recommending that it be suspended immediately. She now wants to examine all of the recent welfare changes and welcomed personal stories about the WCA and how it is […]
Bedroom Tax: Man yells ‘I’m sick of this s**t’ before cutting throat in horrifying benefits office protest 26 Jul 2013 12:40 Witnesses say the middle-aged man sliced his throat from ear-to-ear with a knife as he spoke to an adviser A Bedroom Tax victim yelled “I’m sick of all this s**t” before cutting his throat […]
Shoppers clapped and children cheered and the band played on; it was an amazing sight for all who happen to be in Manchester last Saturday. The march ‘Against the bedroom Tax’ started in Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens and by the time it hit the very crowded Market Street, it was becoming a convoy. Friends read the […]