Disabled activists have welcomed government plans

first_imgDisabled activists have welcomed government plans to reduce the use of police cells as temporary “places of safety” for people detained under the Mental Health Act but have called for ministers to do more to prevent discrimination.Home secretary Theresa May announced this week that a new police and sentencing bill would include measures to reduce the amount of time police have to spend dealing with people in mental distress.It will include measures to cut the use of police cells for those detained under sections 135 and 136 of the act, reduce the maximum period of 72 hours that someone can be detained for a medical assessment, and enable more places – other than police cells and health settings – to be designated as “places of safety”.The new legislation will ensure that under-18s are never taken to police cells if detained under sections 135 or 136, and that police cells can only be used as a place of safety for adults if their behaviour is “so extreme they cannot otherwise be safely managed”.Last year, more than 4,000 people were detained under the act and held in a police cell rather than a health-based place of safety, of which at least 150 were under-18.May said the government would provide “up to” £15 million of new funding to deliver health-based places of safety in England.In a speech to the Police Federation’s annual conference in Bournemouth, she told delegates that “the right place for a person suffering a mental health crisis is a bed, not a police cell.“And the right people to look after them are medically trained professionals, not police officers.”Roy Bard (pictured), a spokesman for the user-led grassroots organisation, the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN), said: “The MHRN welcome any move which reduces or ends the use of police cells as holding bays for people who are in serious mental distress.“We remain concerned that people will continue to be unable to receive the help they need, due to the decimation of services, their continued underfunding and ongoing state discrimination against sufferers of mental health difficulties.“We are keen to see what provision will be offered. We desperately want to see provision within dedicated hospital settings and continue to believe that accident and emergency departments are not appropriate settings for those in distress.“We also firmly believe that there is a need for crisis centres that people can attend – or be taken to – for help.”The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) welcomed the home secretary’s pledges, but called on ministers to go further, and implement all of the recommendations made in the commission’s inquiry report, Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions, which was published in February.The inquiry into non-natural deaths of those detained in psychiatric hospitals, prisons and police cells concluded that serious flaws within the mental health and criminal justice systems in England and Wales were responsible for the non-natural deaths of hundreds of service-users in detention.The inquiry found that people were locked up in police cells inappropriately on more than 6,000 occasions because there were no places available for them in the mental health system. Some of these people subsequently died, often due to inappropriate restraint by police.The EHRC inquiry made a series of recommendations, including a call for more “rigorous” systems to prevent basic mistakes; greater transparency and “more robust investigations”; and adopting the EHRC’s human rights framework in all three settings as “a practical tool to improve care”.The human rights framework sets out steps to prevent deaths, including a duty to put in systems to protect lives, and to investigate any death for which the state may have some responsibility; freedom from bullying, staff neglect and unlawful physical restraint; effective risk assessments; and appropriate treatment and support.Mark Hammond, the commission’s chief executive, said: “This is an important and welcome step in the right direction from the home secretary.“There remains a lot more to do to tackle serious cracks in our systems of care for those with serious mental health conditions and we are looking forward to working with ministers to deliver further improvements.“When the state detains people for their own good or the safety of others it has a very high level of responsibility to ensure their life is protected.“For people with mental health conditions that is a particular challenge, with a large number of tragic cases over the past few years where that responsibility has not been met.”A Home Office spokesman said the previous coalition government had implemented a series of measures to “improve the care people receive and reduce the burden on police officers”, which had seen the use of police cells for children and adults in mental distress fall by 22 per cent in 2013-14, compared with 2012-13.He said the new measures announced by May were aimed at addressing the over-use of police cells and were just part of “a range of other work under way to address wider mental health and policing issues”, including a review of the use of sections 135 and 136 and a review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary into the treatment of “vulnerable people in police custody”, which was commissioned by the home secretary.He added: “We are also reviewing the use of force and restraint and police training, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission is undertaking work to improve its investigative response and liaison with families.”last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Campaigners for another EU referendum have been given much cause for excitement over the last 24 hours. First, Barry Gardiner told BBC Leeds that Labour would support a public vote if there were a motion for it. But, ever the maverick, the frontbencher had to rein it back in and a spokesperson soon corrected the record to confirm: “Whipping arrangements in the coming days and weeks will be decided in the usual way.” So that was Gardiner overselling, not that moment long-awaited by ‘PV’ campaigners – although it did reveal that he’d be willing to back such a position as a shadow cabinet member, despite having repeatedly indicated that he finds the idea disagreeable.Cue more excitement last night when Labour tabled its amendment to the government’s new ‘neutral terms’ Brexit motion (published ahead of the so-called ‘Plan B’ that MPs will vote on next week). The change would see the Commons vote on ’no deal’-preventing options, including Corbyn’s alternative Brexit plan and legislating for a public vote on a deal approved by MPs. Ben Bradshaw was pleased and David Lammy praised the “big step forward”. Chris Leslie, however, slammed the continued “prevarication”. Why? Because the amendment does not call for a fresh public vote, but merely a vote for MPs on a public vote. As Rebecca Long-Bailey clarified on Today this morning: “It’s not stating that the party supports a second referendum.”What’s more is that Labour’s proposal, while consistent with the party policy adopted at conference, has no chance of getting anywhere. Tory Remainers such as Anna Soubry won’t be backing it, so the amendment won’t pass if selected. Some are even saying that it’s being tabled early by Labour in order to kill off the idea. There has been a persistent theory that, by putting off the decision of whether to back PV until the last moment, the leadership could accidentally strike at the time it’s most likely to pass. But today only around 10 Tories and 88 Labour MPs have come out in favour. If MPs did vote on the idea now, feeble numbers could effectively rule it out as an option.Cross-party backbencher amendments are where the real action is happening. In her statement yesterday, the Prime Minister vowed to be more “flexible, open and inclusive” when engaging with parliament, plus commit to the “strongest possible protections on workers’ rights” etc (à la ‘inbetweeners’ amendment), and solve the Irish border problem. The next steps of the Brexit process will be determined by whether Theresa May manages to pull that off – winning back the DUP, lots of Tories and a few flexible Labour MPs – or she loses control, handing it over to backbenchers such as Yvette Cooper and Dominic Grieve.Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Yvette Cooper /Labour /Dominic Grieve /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /People’s Vote /last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgFirst half tries from Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote were added to by tries in the second half by Regan Grace, Jack Ashworth, Jonny Lomax and a Coote second as Saints came away with a 40-12 victory.And Holbrook was delighted with the win, stating he was delighted with how his players backed up the win over Warrington last week.“It was really good. It is a tough place to come and play and a pretty hostile crowd so to come away with a good win like that, I am really happy, especially off the back of last week’s win. It is easy to ask the players to back up and play well again, but full credit to them for the way they went about it tonight – I thought it was a real good performance from us.“We all know how dangerous an attacking side they are so to keep them nil for a large period of the game was a massive effort.”He also praised the impact of Coote as well as James Bentley who came in at hooker for the injured Aaron Smith.“Cootie is tremendous. I thought in particular early in that second half we really played some good rugby league which was great and late in the game the last 20 minutes felt like four hours! It was a real good performance from Cootie and I thought James Bentley was great too. To step in at nine and play 80 minutes here, he defended so well so I am really happy for him.”Holbrook also revealed Joseph Paulo picked up an injury.“Joseph Paulo had to come off as he hurt his calf so he only played around 10 minutes. We had typical knocks and even though it was a big score line it was a tough game as Hull are a real physical side.But there was some good news on Aaron Smith and captain James Roby who could be fit for the derby clash with Wigan Warriors on Friday night.“Hopefully he [Aaron Smith] will be right next week he was just no good this week. Robes has a chance next week as well which is great. We will see how he is early next week but he is doing really well and is very keen to get out there which is great for us.”Saints are next in action in a non-televised derby. You can grab your tickets for the derby clash with Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium in a ‘Bad Friday’ repeat online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

Mensija chapel threatened by massive development

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Archdiocese of Malta sent its objection against a proposed massive development in Mensija, San Ġwann. Both the Curia and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage have expressed their concerns over the potential damage to the chapel in Triq is-Santwarju, in Mensija where an application was filed proposing a large development on the plot of land adjacent to it.Application PA/04214/19 is proposing the demolition of existing dilapidated structures and the excavation and construction of underlying parking, a Class 4A Office, duplex residential units with gardens and pools, and overlying residential apartments, including a receded floor. The representation period closes on Friday. Although the application has yet to be approved, the project is already being advertised.The Administrative Secretary of the Archdiocese of Malta, Michael Pace Ross, in his comments to Newsbook.com.mt explained that the chapel was built over a large cave, which is very fragile, warning that excavations threaten its very existence. Pace Ross stressed on the chapel’s historical value and uniqueness, and invited the public to visit it. He also spoke about the development’s impact on the surrounding environment and the traffic which will be generated.The site footprint  is located along the ridge overlooking Wied Għomor which is an area of ecological importance. The area has a high cultural and historical value, with the hamlet of Mensija already visible in 1908. The site footprint is also located at 200m from the site of archaeological importance, protecting the Mensija cart ruts.The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage warned that the proposed development may pose a threat to known and unknown cultural heritage, and if approved, would require that works are archaeologically monitored.The Superintendence noted that no proper survey of a cave was submitted, which shows its extension and actual distance from the limit of the excavation. It also requested photomontages for better understanding of the proposed project on the cultural landscape.Among those objecting, is local councillor Joe Aquilina who was elected on behalf of Partit Nazzjonalista. In his objection submitted with the Planning Authority, Aquilina objected on the basis that “the development exceeds 30m in depth, residential units are at basement levels, while some residential units have no street facade rendering it an internal development which is not allowed”. Aquilina further stated that the residents have expressed their concern about the carob trees and the caves in the vicinity which need to be taken into consideration when evaluating the application.A couple who objected against the development, said that the a large cave known as Għar Ħarruba underlies part of the proposed development which raises serious concerns about the structural stability of the cave. Other concerns raised is about the possibility that any disturbance along the steep slope could lead to large pieces of rock or boulders to roll down dangerously into their property. Further there are some 30 very old carob trees on site.A resident urged the Planning Authority not to ‘bury them alive with the proposed development’.The Environment and Resource Authority said that it requires further time to assess this application. However it urged for the safeguarding of the caves, saying that ‘whilst noting that the site lies within development zones, there is a major karstic doline immediately to the site’.  ERA added that in this context the current proposal and the excavations works which are being proposed are of significant concern.WhatsApplast_img read more