Budget 2018: Anger at Hammond’s ‘little extras’

  • November 2nd, 2018
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‘Condescending’, ‘patronising’ and ‘an insult’ are just some of the words used to describe this week’s budget by Phillip Hammond. And now after a week of reviewing the opinions of education staff and parents across the country, it’s evident there’s an overwhelming feeling of upset and anger over the ‘little extras’ promised as “a one-off […]

Inequality of NHS funding affects mental health services

  • January 16th, 2018
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A new report published by the King’s fund has revealed physical health services in the UK are still receiving bigger budgets, despite ministers repeatedly stressing the need to increase mental health service funding. Figures show the budgets of NHS mental health Trusts in England increased by only 2% in 2016-17, compared to the 6% boost […]

NHS funding crisis – who’s at risk of closure?

  • November 17th, 2017
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Recent reports have revealed hundreds of GP surgeries, A&E units and walk-in centres are facing closure due to NHS financial problems, understaffing and modernisation plans. Over the past four months 70 NHS services across England have been shut down or have been downgraded, some of which included maternity units and community hospitals. Holly Maltby, a […]

The National Education Union Launches

  • September 12th, 2017
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Voted for by its members, the amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Leaders and the National Union of Teachers means the NEU will be the largest education union in Europe. Choosing the new academic year as the moment to launch their joint venture, the union will represent a majority of teachers and education professionals […]

NHS will pay recruiters £100 million to plug staffing gaps

  • September 1st, 2017
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Starting in the autumn, recruiters will be paid £100 million to find enough doctors to fill NHS staffing gaps, as a seven day working week comes into force. The NHS recruitment drive will take place over the next three and years, with an estimated 5,000 more GPs will be needed; with almost half coming from […]

A study predicts the UK needs 71,000 more care home places

  • August 18th, 2017
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A study has found an extra 71,000 care home spaces are needed in the next eight years to cope with Britain’s increased demand, as people are living longer and face more health problems. Estimated research predicts there will be an extra 353,000 older people with more complex needs by 2025, which will increase the amounts […]

Thousands of new posts for the mental health sector

  • August 2nd, 2017
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Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced plans to expand mental health provisions by injecting an extra £1.3 billion – resulting in thousands of new posts created within the NHS. The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21. Whilst this is positive news, Mr Hunt […]

Schools in England could face £3 billion in cuts

  • June 7th, 2017
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Headteachers have warned Theresa May’s pay cuts will force them to cut staff, sports teams and clubs. Headteachers across one council area have written to the Prime Minister inviting her to visit their schools and witness first-hand the damage the cuts will make to their students and the school. The letter written to Mrs May […]

Schools could face ‘devastating’ funding cuts

  • January 16th, 2017
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According an analysis based on Government figures, every constituency in England could see schools lose money under Theresa May’s new funding plans. The Government spending plan, which is due to start in 2018, could result in some schools losing more than £1,000 per pupil. A separate set of calculations suggest 98% of schools face “a […]

Schools’ new funding formula

  • January 9th, 2017
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In March 2016, the then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced that consultations would begin on the national funding formula; a system long awaited by many. The formula has long been heralded as ‘fair’ funding, bringing an end to the inequality felt under the current system. Schools currently receive funding based on ‘historic calculations’ on demographics […]