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Jeremy Hunt has told MPs the NHS pay cap has been scrapped, but was unable to rule out cutting health services to fund rises above 1%. The Health Secretary said it was recognised the cap "wasn't sustainable" for the future, adding he was hoping for a "win-win" result after confirming…
Reduced funding to mental health services across the UK is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed, says UNISON. The report, Struggling to Cope, paints a bleak picture of the country’s mental health services – for both staff…
Cuts to social care have had a disastrous effect on NHS provision, a Labour former health secretary has warned. Lord Reid of Cardowan argued the move had a knock-on effect in putting pressure on the rest of the health service and urged a Government rethink in the forthcoming Budget. The…
A women's refuge charity is warning more children will end up in care and more domestic abuse victims will be murdered if proposed council cuts go ahead. Hundreds have been protesting against Birmingham City Council savings which have been tabled in a bid to try and balance the budget of…
A senior Tory MP has called on ministers to "stop the cuts" to public health budgets. Dr Sarah Wollaston, the chairwoman of the Health Select Committee, said reductions in funding will "severely impact on the Government's ability to tackle health inequalities". Meanwhile, Labour's former health secretary Alan Johnson urged Theresa…
Right across England and Wales, local councils have been coping with successive cuts to their budgets for the past six years. Between 2010 and 2015, cuts to local councils amounted to £18 billion in real terms, and a further £9.5 billion is expected to be slashed by 2020. Inevitably, public…
An NHS hospital trust is to cut 450 jobs in a bid to make budget savings. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which currently employs 7,500 people, said the announcement should come as "no surprise" as it had been explicit about the need to reign-in spending. It has announced…
Jeremy Corbyn has warned the Government has yet to understand "cuts have their consequences" as he claimed it is continuing to fail Britain. The Labour leader said the Conservatives have developed new policies in the Queen's Speech which prevent the creation of a more equal society and opportunity for all.…
Schools, hospitals and other public services left "devastated" by "ideological" Conservative cuts face a fresh squeeze on finances, Jeremy Corbyn has claimed. In the final hours of campaigning before the polls open on so-called "Super Thursday", the Labour leader said the Tories needed to find billions to fill a budget…
The Government is "devolving the blame for their cuts" through changes to the local government funding settlement, Labour has claimed. Shadow communities and local government minister Steve Reed (pictured) argued the reforms would result in cuts to front line services, including youth services, fixing potholes, cleaning the streets, emptying the…
Reductions to council's public health grants are "cuts to the NHS in all but name", council leaders have said. The Local Government Association warned there would be a "major impact" on many programmes for smokers, overweight people and drug users among others. The comments follow a survey conducted by Association…
More than 25,000 jobs are under threat because of cuts to council spending across the country, new research has revealed. Local authorities in many areas are proposing job losses, ranging from tens to thousands. The GMB union, which compiled the data, said it was now involved in daily meetings with…
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