A ground-breaking scheme aimed at improving mental and physical health support for police officers and staff is launching today. The National Police Wellbeing will include mental health outreach support as well as training and toolkits to improve the provision in individual forces. This service has been developed thanks to a £7.5m investment from the Home Office's Police Transformation Fund, and has been overseen by the College of Policing working closely with the National Policing Lead for Wellbeing Chief Constable Andy Rhodes. The new service has been announced just a day after Plymouth Live's exclusive investigation found that the vast majority of police forces in the UK held no records or data on how many of their officers had taken their own lives over the last two decades. The investigation prompted John Apter, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, to urge Chief Constables to begin recording the data and recognise the increasing stresses officers were under. … [Read more...] about Police officers to benefit from new service to help them stay well
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In September 2015, the European Commission adopted an action plan setting out a list of over 30 actions and related measures to establish the building blocks of an integrated capital market in the EU by 2019. After the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the Union stepped up its efforts to create a more unified and cheaper capital market by the time Brexit happens. Discussions on the matter will take place this week during the ECOFIN meeting in Bucharest. The project was initially focused on reducing companies’ heavy reliance on bank loans for funding, but now has turned into a more pressing matter due to Brexit. “By the time Brexit happens, the preconditions for a true single market for capital need to be in place,” European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in a news conference in March 2018. Many continental European companies and listed funds use banks and asset managers in London. The future relationship between its giant financial services industry … [Read more...] about BR ANALYSIS. EU plan for a unified capital market to be discussed in Bucharest this week; Romania’s Finance Minister: Action plan is on schedule
St Helens Council has pledged to invest £5.5m a year in its Children’s Services, which will include the employment of over 40 new social work professionals. Cabinet agreed in October 2018 to an additional commitment of £2m per year to children’s services, and subsequently a further £3.5m at a meeting on 20 February 2019.The annual £5.5 investment will provide better support to foster families in St Helens as well as a greater recruitment of foster placements, an increase in the number of social workers to keep case loads manageable, and an improvement in care leaver support.A recent report to Cabinet identified the borough’s high rates of children in care, and examined the findings of a series of assessments over the last six months, showing that the council has an urgent need to improve the service.There are over 480 children currently in care in St Helens, significantly above what would be expected if at the national average of 230. In 2018/19, … [Read more...] about Council pledges over £5m annually to improve children’s services
An £8 billion black hole by 2025 could swallow up popular - but discretionary - council services, local government leaders have warned. Just to stand still and deliver the same services currently being provided today - which have already been significantly cut in the last decade - the Local Government Association (LGA) estimates that councils would need an additional £8billion more than they are expected to have by 2024-25. The organisation has launched a campaign to influence the forthcoming Spending Review by warning about the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils. But the LGA also said that, with the right funding and powers, councils can continue to lead their local areas, improve residents' lives, reduce demand for public services and save money for the taxpayer. Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost almost 60p out of every £1 the Government had provided for services. … [Read more...] about Are council cuts resulting in services being cut back in Northumberland?
0 Have your say Robert Burns is celebrated the world round as the People’s Poet who could distill all of humanity in a just a few lines of verse. But what of the character of the man behind some of the most enduring rhymes ever written? Much has been written about the Bard’s morality, multiple partners and the impact his actions had on the those around him as he is judged by modern day mores.Here we look at some of the 18th Century scenarios that continue to divide opinion on Burns today.He accepted a job on a slave plantationIn 1786, Burns was a broken man, both financially and emotionally, following the death of his father and the poor offerings of the family smallholding in Ayrshire. His own health was also weakening. Burns accepted a job on a sugar plantation in Jamaica as a bookkeeper with the poet himself describing the role as “a poor Negro driver”.Burns was offered the role through a friend at a time when two thirds of the … [Read more...] about Robert Burns: 4 uncomfortable home truths about the National Bard