Cyclists win first Paralympic medals for ParaGB on Day One

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The success of British cyclist Mark Colbourne in securing Great Britain’s first medal of the 2012 Paralympics with a silver in the C1-2-3 1km time trial has been surpassed by Sarah Storey who scooped gold in the individual pursuit event. Sarah Storey is now the golden girl in Paralympic cycling after cruising to victory in […]

DWP should penalise WCA contractor, says Citizens Advice

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The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has reaffirmed its previous call for financial penalties on the business contracted to undertake work capability assessments (WCA). This follows the National Audit Office recent criticism of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failure to penalise the privately owned French company – Atos, for “under-performance”. Predominantly an international IT […]

Helping the helpers: Southend’s first SPIN event was a success

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The exciting networking event, SPIN, was attended by many Southend organizations, all with a common cause in mind: helping to support children with special needs. “We were delighted with the response from providers,” remarked James Courtenay, Southend-on-Sea Council’s Executive Councillor for Children and Learning. “Nearly 40 different groups and organisations attended. “In this difficult economic […]

Protecting your interests: new consultations published for patients

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Two new consultations were released by the Department of Health last week, which aim to ensure that the best interests of patients are continually protected throughout the health service. The consultations include proposals that call for Monitor, the health service regulator, to “act transparently” and “avoid discrimination”. The Department of Health claim that “changes [are] […]

New support offered for people with mental health issues

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Self-management booklet will help people “achieve a better quality of life”, says the Mental Health Foundation. The Mental Health Foundation, together in partnership with Hafal and Bipolar UK; launched a new booklet last week which provides guidance for those wishing to manage their own mental health. The booklet, appropriately titled Taking Control, is specifically aimed […]