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Breaking the link

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Experiencing money and mental health issues at the same time is awful, and not uncommon. For the four million people in this position every year, the effects can be devastating. There is no doubt about the causal link between financial and mental ill-health – but this link is by no means inevitable. The evidence Mental…

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Helping people before they reach crisis point

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For a decade, I’ve been writing about the crisis in English social care. So it came as little surprise last year when a close member of my own family became yet another victim of our failing system of care and support. He had reached his late-80s and, like so many others, he had significant support…

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Making up the shortfall

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On Friday 1 September the government’s flagship policy to provide working families with 30 hours of free childcare came into effect. If you cast your mind back to the 2015 general election, you’ll remember both Labour and Conservative manifestos offered a commitment to provide funded childcare places. It’s clear that in principle this is a policy with widespread support….