‘Rise in suicide and self harm directly linked to austerity’, says Teesside charity founder – Teesside Live

Jessie Jacobs, who founded A Way Out charity on Teesside, has spoken at the Labour party conference — Read on http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/rise-suicide-self-harm-directly-15195934 Continue reading ‘Rise in suicide and self harm directly linked to austerity’, says Teesside charity founder – Teesside Live

National County Lines Coordination Centre to crack down on drug gangs – GOV.UK

The law enforcement response to county lines is set to be significantly strengthened as the National County Lines Coordination Centre becomes fully operational. — Read on http://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-county-lines-coordination-centre-to-crack-down-on-drug-gangs Continue reading National County Lines Coordination Centre to crack down on drug gangs – GOV.UK

Bereaved woman asked to pay £1,000 for private room at inquest | Law | The Guardian

Reading council later reduced fee for facility that is standard at most coroners’ courts — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/sep/10/bereaved-woman-asked-to-pay-1000-for-private-room-at-inquest Disgusting. Is this the future for local authorities’ charging for services? Continue reading Bereaved woman asked to pay £1,000 for private room at inquest | Law | The Guardian

Important information for parents of children receiving free school meals

Here is some important information for parents of children receiving free school meals, during the forthcoming roll-out of Universal Credit, from the Govt’s guidance to Local Authorities: ‘Due to the roll-out of Universal Credit, we introduced an income-based threshold for free school meal eligibility. As a result of this change to the benefit system and free school meal eligibility, the number of pupils eligible for free school meals will increase. Part of this increase will be because of the transitional protections we have put in place, which mean that pupils who were eligible for free school meals1 on 1 April … Continue reading Important information for parents of children receiving free school meals