Councils Failing to Tackle Blue Badge Abuse as Number of Thefts Soar

Councils Failing to Tackle Blue Badge Abuse as Number of Thefts Soar

Equality, Health
Figures released recently show a 45 per cent rise in stolen disabled parking permits. Most councils are failing to prosecute motorists for misusing disabled parking permits – despite a significant rise in thefts of blue badges. More than three in five local authorities in England took no action against people caught falsely using the permit in 2017-18. Disability campaigners said a failure to act against perpetrators was “disgraceful” with Phil Talbot of disability charity Scope said: “Stealing blue badges isn’t a crime without consequences. They are a vital lifeline for those who genuinely need them.” Ninety-four of 152 English local authorities (62 per cent) did not pursue anyone for abusing the blue badge scheme since last year, according to Press Association analysis of Department for Transport data. Of those, 31…
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Lamb: NHS plan fatally undermined by insufficient resources

Lamb: NHS plan fatally undermined by insufficient resources

Health
Responding to the NHS 10-year plan, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:  “Delivering this ambitious plan is likely to be fatally undermined by insufficient resources, a staffing crisis and a failure to address the disastrous situation with social care. "The Government’s commitment to a new focus on prevention rings hollow when the very services which help prevent elderly people ending up in hospital are at breaking point and vital public health budgets are progressively cut back.  "The Liberal Democrats will continue to demand that the Government works with other parties to achieve a genuine long term, sustainable settlement for the NHS and social care.  "We will keep making the case for a new, dedicated NHS and care tax to guarantee a modern, effective and efficient NHS and care system…
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Mental Health Matters: Suicide Awareness

Mental Health Matters: Suicide Awareness

Health
In the UK in 2016 there were 5,250 deaths from brain tumours. Over the same period there were 5,965 deaths from suicide. Is it right to compare the two? Probably not. I chose them because both have similar mortality rates, and, to a large extent, both are “invisible” to passers-by. But it’s important to remember that both physical and mental well-being are essential to living a healthy life. We’ve all heard people say that those with mental health issues are “attention seeking” or “have too much time on their hands” and the old classic “what can they possibly have to be depressed about?” The reality is that most people don’t know what they have to be depressed about – it’s not their choice; but they’re certainly not attention seeking or…
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More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

More support needed for families with Autistic children say Lib Dems

Health, Young People
A distraught mother tells Sky News about her autistic son's struggle after he was put into residential care 17 years ago. Some of the most vulnerable in society are being kept in hospitals miles from home and some say they are unable to leave, even when they are no longer ill. Pam, from Brighton, tells Sky News about her autistic son Tony, 41, who has lived away from his family for more than 17 years. [caption id="attachment_2566" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Pam and Roy's son is more than 120 miles away from their home[/caption] "Tony was a happy-go-lucky boy growing up. He went everywhere with us, and of course his autism was hard to cope with, but we had a lot of fun." "It all began to change when he was around 13-years-old."…
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World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

Health
World Mental Health Day: 10th October 2018 This year's World Mental Health Day focuses on young people in a changing world. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Depression is one of the most common diseases in teenagers and suicide is the leading cause of death for people between 5-19 years old. Being young can be difficult, with changes in every part of your life. From exam pressures, social media, getting to grips with dating, to moving away to uni or getting a new job, young people deal with many different pressures while growing up. Often at the same time they are starting to use drugs, like alcohol, which can make problems worse. Unfortunately there's still a taboo around…
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Lamb: Victims of contaminated blood scandal deserve answer

Lamb: Victims of contaminated blood scandal deserve answer

Health
Commenting on the Inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which heard today how successive Prime Minister’s had denied to accept any responsibility, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “It is disgraceful that victims of the contaminated blood scandal have had to fight so hard, for so long, in order to get a full and open and inquiry, and the compensation they deserve. “It is vital that the inquiry maintains its commitment to explore these crucial questions in a truly robust and independent manner, and that it delivers a fair outcome for the victims.” You can join the Liberal Democrats to fight for a better funded Health and Social Care by visiting www.libdems,org.uk/join
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Norman Lamb MP: No child should be left to suffer in silence

Norman Lamb MP: No child should be left to suffer in silence

Health, Young People
Liberal Democrats have passed an emergency motion at their conference on Monday, 17th September which aims to tackle the high rates of self-harm amongst children. Commenting on the call for greater support from the education system for vulnerable students former Health Minister Norman Lamb said:  “The level of self-harm that the Children’s Society have uncovered, especially amongst girls, and those who identify as LGBT, is truly shocking and society needs to do much more to support vulnerability in our young people. “Our education system must work hand in hand with NHS services and play a central role in protecting children and young adults. More and more people are experiencing depressive episodes, mental distress and chronic low-mood. All schools should offer their students and staff pastoral care or counselling, people are…
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Organ Donation Week – Words Save Lives

Organ Donation Week – Words Save Lives

Health
Words Save Lives This Organ Donation Week runs between September 3rd and 9th and asks one simple thing of us - to talk to our families about organ donation, today. Many people have never talked about organ donation with their families. That means lost opportunities for donations because families don't know whether a loved one wants to be an organ donor or not. That family support is crucial to donations taking place. If we can make more conversations about organ donations happen we can increase the number of transplants and save lives. There’s no time like the present, talk about it today. Talking about your organ donation decisions makes it easier for your family to support your decision and for you to support theirs. You could help someone waiting for that vital…
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Norman Lamb on Vaping

Norman Lamb on Vaping

Health
Norman Lamb argues for reviewing approval systems for prescribing e-cigarettes. "E-cigarettes are a key weapon in reducing overall levels of smoking and the related health risks." Mr Lamb went on to say: "We have a big opportunity to reduce the dreadful death toll from smoking - which kills a staggering 79,000 people in England every year. People with mental ill health particularly affected, with smoking rates still around 40%." [embed]https://www.facebook.com/libdems/videos/1980289442092390/[/embed] Transitioning people onto e-cigarettes can be a key weapon in tackling levels of smoking and saving lives in the long term. In response to criticisms of the proposals, Norman said: "I personally don’t like vaping close to me - and any restaurant, bus or train company can decide whether to ban vaping in specified areas - but let’s at least…
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