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Tech two: UK charity recycles computers to Africa

TweetStories of public sector waste and inefficiency are commonplace, not least amid the current climate of cuts and the notion of “doing more with less”. Which is why I was interested to hear of a project in Gloucestershire that collects … Continue reading

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No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping

Tweet“No-one should ever have to feel like they are not worth helping…” I saw these striking words on a postcard displayed at a recent event to celebrate volunteering. With the massive cuts in public spending and the unprecedented reform of … Continue reading

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Investigation into bullying at special school sparks questions for Winterbourne improvement scheme

TweetFresh questions are being asked about the government’s beleaguered post-Winterbourne drive to improve care for learning disabled people. An investigation is underway into “bullying accusations” at a special school run by a charity whose chief executive is trying to reinvigorate … Continue reading

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Papers, policies, progress and people

TweetWhile researching a recent piece about the preventable death of teenager Connor Sparrowhawk in a specialist NHS unit, I re-read a lot of old – very good and still very relevant – policy and reports. As the piece yesterday stated, … Continue reading

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Why did Connor Sparrowhawk die in a specialist NHS unit?

TweetThe death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at Slade House assessment and treatment unit was avoidable, according to a recently published report. What happened to Connor, who was admitted to the specialist care in Oxfordshire a year ago today, has reignited … Continue reading

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Ordinary residence, extraordinary mess

Tweet“Disabled people in residential care who want to live more independently are being prevented from doing so by funding wrangles between local authorities” – that’s taken from a piece I wrote three years ago, but since then little has changed. … Continue reading

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Comment is free

TweetHello all, briefly highlighting my words posted in the comments thread under my Guardian interview last week with the Muslim mayor of Tower Hamlets council, Lutfur Rahman. I’m re-posting my comment here for clarity given there were around 140 responses … Continue reading

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Prevention, partnership, proofing against the future

TweetWith less than six months to go before councils adopt responsibility for public health from the NHS in April 2013, much depends on successful collaboration between cross-sector agencies. As the date approaches, the latest Guardian public health seminar gathered together … Continue reading

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Unemployed to enterprising

TweetMaria Ellingham had not worked full-time for a decade after having children. She then became a single parent who had the will to work but lacked the way. She was a qualified reflexologist and wanted to set up her own … Continue reading

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Sticking plasters, surgery and spending reviews

TweetA damp squib of a sticking plaster, or what health secretary Andrew Lansley has said is the “most comprehensive overhaul [of social care] since 1948” and an end to the care lottery? Most early reaction to today’s long awaited care … Continue reading

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