‘Shocking’ sickness rates in social work
Social workers are taking “shocking” levels of sick leave – far higher than the national average – prompting protests they are being subjected to intolerable pressure.
Freedom of Information requests discovered that the average social worker takes almost 12 days off a year through illness – with one in 10 calling in sick at least 20 times.
Three brothers arrested over sadistic attack on boys
Three brothers aged 8, 11 and 12 and a friend aged 12 have been questioned by police investigating an alleged sexual assault on three young boys in a Bristol park.
The three older boys were arrested and bailed but the youngest child was allowed to go without further action because he is below the age of criminal responsibility.
Dementia may have been caused by the Second World War, says scientist
The dementia affecting hundreds of thousands of Britons may be a legacy of the Second World War, a scientist has claimed.
Research presented at a conference in York yesterday suggested that traumatic stress can trigger Alzheimer’s and other conditions.
Iain Duncan Smith urges welfare reform to get jobless into work
More than half a million households could be moved off welfare and into work under plans that would eventually save the taxpayer £700m a year, the former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith will announce tomorrow.
In a major report, Duncan Smith will outline plans to transform the “static” welfare system by removing barriers that discourage the unemployed from seeking work.