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Government forces through cuts to criminal injuries compensation

A committee of MPs has voted in favour of making cuts to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), just weeks after criticism of the plans from members of all the major parties forced ministers into a “rethink”. Every year, between 30,000 and 40,000 people who are seriously injured following a violent crime receive awards through […]

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Welsh local authorities told to report on asbestos in schools

The unexpected closure last Friday of a school in Caerphilly, owing to worries about asbestos levels, has prompted the Wales Education minister to seek confirmation from all local authorities in the principality that they are managing asbestos in schools in accordance with their legal duties. Cwmcarn High School, which caters for more than 900 pupils, […]

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School caretaker disabled in fall days before retirement

A caretaker has been left with life-changing injuries after he fell four metres through a roof at a school in Bradford five days before his retirement. David O’Hanlon, 62, had worked at Beckfoot School in Bingley for eight years but decided to take early retirement when the site was closed and replaced by a new […]

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Rise in working-aged people hospitalised for stress

The number of people in England being sent to hospital for stress is increasing, with admission rates highest among working-aged people (18 to 60-year-olds). Provisional figures released last week by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that hospitals in England dealt with 6370 admissions for stress ““ the feeling of being under […]

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Ceiling contractor used hotchpotch scaffold tower

A worker suffered a multitude of injuries, including a brain haemorrhage, when he fell two metres from an unprotected scaffold tower. The 43-year-old man, who has asked not to be named, was working for CME Ceilings Ltd when the incident took place on 18 January last year. The company had been contracted to install a […]

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