Social prescribing is reaping the benefits for patients - new report

Issued: 03/02/16

Patients with long-term health conditions are reaping huge benefits from being prescribed non-medical treatments by their doctors.

Social prescribing, which helps GPs link patients and carers to sources of support in their local community, has the potential to reduce the demand for health services and is improving the lives of patients with long-term health conditions, researchers found.

Insecure employment and low income key factors in tenancy failure


Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University have found that insecure and casual employment and surviving on a low income were causal factors in the majority of cases. Five leading housing associations commissioned a report to understand the root causes of why some people fail in their tenancies.

Professor Steve Fothergill: Closure of Kellingley is end of an era

Issued: 16/12/15

On Friday 18 December 2015, Britain’s last colliery – Kellingley in Yorkshire – is scheduled to close.

Benefit sanctions force people to sleep rough - Independent


A research study by the University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research which was commissioned by homeless charity Crisis, has found that the Government's benefit sanctions have contributed to homelessness and made people go hungry.

Dr Kesia Reeve: Why benefit sanctions are so cruel on homeless people

Issued: 10/12/15

Filmmaker Ken Loach is about to finish his latest film, I, Daniel Blake, based on people's experiences of the benefit system and sanctions. He described the current system as 'one of conscious cruelty…bear[ing] down on those least able to bear it".

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