How a missed tax bill of 167 can cost 2,065

‘It became very stressful’ The calculations by Citizens Advice were based on a resident missing the very first bill of the financial year, which typically cost £167 in England. As a result, the full bill of £1,671 could be levied. This outstanding bill would be lower if a payment was missed later in the year. Mark, who is unemployed and has mental health problems, is one of those who has faced such a situation. “Last year was not a good year in terms of my health or finances. I had so many debts that it became very stressful and hard to find a way to make my money stretch to cover them all,” the 53-year-old told Citizens Advice. “In August, …

‘End pensioner benefits to help young’

It also says the triple lock guarantee for the state pension – which ensures the weekly allowance rises by a minimum of 2.5% every year – should be reconsidered. According to its report, many pensioner households are now, on average, better off than their working age counterparts, both in terms of income after housing costs and overall household wealth. Free TV licence recipients ‘richer’ Tax over-40s for old age care, say MPs “We are calling for some of the outdated benefits based purely on age to be removed,” said Lord True, the Conservative peer who chairs the committee. He said the universal benefits were “justified when pensioner households were at the bottom of the income scale, but that is no …

More female teachers report upskirting

Offenders now face up to two years in prison for taking a photo or video under someone’s clothing. The NASUWT, which is meeting for its annual conference in Belfast over the Easter weekend, says often victims are unaware that the abuse has taken place. “Talking to members about it, the thing they find the most difficult is that quite often they don’t know that this has happened – the video has been out there and then it is drawn to their attention,” said general secretary Chris Keates. “Then they think, if I go and report it, is that going to make it worse because it will draw attention to the fact that the video is there.” Upskirting now a crime …

The breast cancer surgeon who got breast cancer

“Like many women, I did not check my breasts. I thought, ‘it’s not going to happen to me – I’m a breast cancer surgeon’.” Liz O’Riordan ended up having to give up the job she had trained 20 years for, after she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2015, at the age of 40, she had a mastectomy and last May suffered a recurrence of the disease. Dr O’Riordan thought she would practise as a breast cancer surgeon for at least 20 years, but as it turned out she only worked as one for two years. Radiotherapy for the second bout of cancer left her with reduced movement in her shoulder, causing her to make the “emotionally very hard” …

The Priory fined 300k over girl’s death

In sentencing, Judge Mr Justice James Dingemans said no financial penalty he could impose would ever “reflect the loss suffered by Amy’s family”. Speaking outside court, Amy’s mother Tania El-Keria said: “The public’s eye has been firmly opened to what the Priory stand for, profit over safety. “Today is a historic day in our fight for justice for Amy. “Our Amy died in what we know to be a criminally unsafe hospital being run by the Priory.” Image copyright The Priory Group Image caption Amy El-Keria was admitted to the Priory Hospital in Ticehurst a few months before she died In a statement, the charity Inquest, which supported the family, said it was “a historic moment in terms of accountability …

More GP appointments freed up by scheme

The scheme also saved 330,096 administration hours in the past year. Missed GP appointments ‘cost NHS £216m’ Differences in GP access across England ‘shocking’ The GP substitute will see you now Dr Nikita Kanani, NHS England’s medical director for primary care and a south-east London GP, said the programme has had “significant benefits for patients and GPs alike, freeing up doctors’ time and NHS resources to ensure people get the care they need as quickly as possible. “GP services will continue to be at the heart of our health service, and it makes sense to invest for another three years in a programme that is delivering so much for patients while helping us to be more efficient.” The scheme in …

Alagiah’s ‘guilt’ over disabled toilet use

Alagiah, 63, returned to presenting duties in January this year after his bowel cancer returned in December 2017. He no longer has a stoma bag after undergoing reversal treatment. Alagiah ‘overwhelmed’ by viewers’ support George Alagiah’s cancer returns Alagiah: Screening might have caught cancer Why these new signs are appearing on disabled toilets – BBC Newsbeat ‘Apologise and explain’ Speaking about living with a stoma on In Conversation With George Alagiah: A Bowel Cancer UK Podcast, he said: “I used to find it difficult. I had a stoma but I didn’t look disabled, and I would be turning the key in a disabled loo in a motorway service station or something. “And if there was a queue and somebody obviously …

Murder-suicide ‘could have been prevented’

‘Desperately reached out’ University worker Mr Kemp was found outside the communal entrance to the block of flats in Siloam Place, where he was believed to have fallen from the window, and the couple were pronounced dead shortly after 09:30. The couple were described as “deeply in love”. In a statement to the court, Mrs Kemp’s family described her as Mr Kemp’s “rock” and as “gentle, loyal and brave”. His family said the couple had “desperately reached out for help” but that the trust had “failed not just Thomas but his wonderful partner Katherine”. NSFT chief nurse Diane Hull said the trust had commissioned a review alongside East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) to examine the treatment …

200 die in hospitals awaiting discharge

Others may have been approaching the natural end of their lives. Image caption Marie Curie’s Joan McEwan said there were massive additional pressures on community care Delayed discharges clog up the system and take up much-needed hospital beds. The report, Every Minute Matters, highlighted that more than 46,000 bed days were lost across the system. This dramatically impacts on the day-to-day running of a hospital. On a more personal note, delayed hospital discharge has a significant impact on terminally ill people, causing distress and frustration, affecting their quality of life and preventing men and women from spending as much time as possible in their own home or community, surrounded by family. The statistics should not come as a surprise. An …

The comic teaching mind over matter

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionComics using real life stories of Northern Ireland children are raising awareness about mental health. Many of us, as children, turned the pages of a comic book to escape to a world of fantasy. Swinging on a spider web, flying high in the sky and creeping around in a cape are all synonymous with childhood escapism. But a new comic series, Uberheroes, is trying to encourage young people to face reality and not hide their identities behind a mask. The run of comics tackles mental health issues that children and young people are facing, and its storylines are provided from the personal accounts of youngsters from Northern Ireland who have dealt with …

‘Divorce left me an emotional mess’

“Disregarding the huge amount of financial cost, the emotional ramifications of the process are horrendous. “A change to the system can only be a positive and will hopefully allow some of the stigma around divorce to be removed,” she added. Currently in England and Wales in order for divorce proceedings to start immediately, one spouse has to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other but in the future they will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The new laws will also stop one partner refusing a divorce if the other wants one. Divorce law reforms to end ‘blame game’ ‘I was married and divorced in my 20s’ Should it be easier to get a …

Help requests for alcoholic parents rise

Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Joe and Amelia now Joe developed an issue with alcohol as an adult but he gave up completely when he became a father and is now teetotal. However, his ability to quit led to a new, very painful thought. “I can’t help but think if I could do that for my children why couldn’t he?” he says. Joe remembers the happy times before his father’s issues with alcohol started. But Amelia, eight years his junior, only remembers her father drinking. When he died she says in some ways she felt relieved. “Everyone around me was grieving for the man he was,” she says, “but I just couldn’t do that – I felt so guilty …

Newborn hip checks ‘have failed’

But if there is a delay in diagnosis of up to a year or more, untreated hip dysplasia can lead to a shortened leg, surgery and the risk of continuing hip pain and long-term complications. Alexander Aarvold, study author and consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Southampton, said untreated hip dysplasia was “a significant public health issue” and the current approach had “failed to impact” on late diagnoses in children. “The signs are easily missed. They can be subtle,” he said. “Doctors, midwives and nurses may be doing the checks and if they are not used to seeing hip dysplasia, it is hard to pick up.” Related Topics Babies & toddlers Neonatal care Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated …

Students open up on mental health in film

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe video features students speaking openly about having considered ending their lives The mental health of students at universities with high suicide rates has been explored in a new film. University of Bristol and University of West of England students were recorded talking openly about experiences of mental health and suicide. At least 13 students in Bristol are thought to have taken their own lives since 2016. Filmmaker Arthur Cauty said he wanted to make the short film after he lost somebody to suicide two years ago. ‘Understand it’s OK’ Mr Cauty, from Bristol, said he was inspired to make the film after he read about the high numbers of people taking …

Is it time to raise the smoking age to 21?

Since then, the proportion of young smokers – defined as those aged 16 to 24 – has fallen from more than one in four in 2007 to less than one in five now, according to the Office for National Statistics. What is behind the falling smoking rates? But of course it is impossible to say whether that is directly linked to changing the age at which tobacco products can be bought. In the past 12 years, there has been lots of anti-smoking legislation, including: a ban on smoking in public places restrictions on displays in shops the introduction of graphic images on packs warning of the dangers of smoking All have had a role in the overall decline in smoking. …