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Thousands of children still live in "scandalous" poverty across Scotland, a study has found. The End Child Poverty coalition is urging the UK Government to end the freeze on children's benefits so that families no longer see living standards "squeezed" as prices rise. Child poverty - covering those in a…
Actress and campaigner Emma Thompson has accused the UK Government of a "death of compassion" in its treatment of refugees, insisting Britain has a duty of care towards people who are fleeing "from the jaws of death". The two time Oscar winner said offering a new home to refugees could…
Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP) has awarded a contract worth £1.4million to Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to deliver a ‘Link Worker’ resource to the city over the next two years. The ACHSCP recognises the current and future challenges posed by an ageing population with long-term…
Health and social care providers across Lochaber are to join forces later this week for a series of events designed to promote the latest job opportunities within the local ‘care at home’ sector. Independent and voluntary care providers such as Crossroads, Day and Night Owls, Carr Gomm and Lucerne have…
A nun has told an inquiry she "slapped" children in her care at an orphanage but said she is "not aware" of beating a boy unconscious. The 73-year-old was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, between 1969…
An elderly nun has denied children were beaten, force-fed and humiliated at a controversial care institution. The 92-year-old woman told Scotland's Child Abuse Inquiry she had not witnessed any cruelty or struck any youngsters herself during her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark. She told the inquiry she was…
Drugs used to treat two rare cancers have been turned down for routine use by the NHS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) advised against the medicines as it ruled the cost outweighed the benefits, despite being allowed more flexibility around the decision since they are used to treat…
Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative “youth foyer”. The proposals will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed “extra care” dementia-friendly homes. New…
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