Senate Democrats Give Up On Coal Miner Health Benefits, Averting Government Shutdown (UPDATE)

Coal-state Senate Democrats on Friday backed off their threat to shut down the government over health benefits for retired coal miners after an impasse with Republicans. The Senate voted Friday night to fund the government until April 28 ― averting a shutdown less than an hour before the deadline. The funding bill, which passed 63-36, will now be sent to President Barack Obama. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who led the push for a one-year extension of health care benefits for miners, railed against House members Friday evening for leaving town without committing to…

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Stephen Jardine: Food price rises could come with benefits

Forget Trump, the real upset involved changes to Toblerone. This week the manufacturers revealed a new style of bar which will see widened gaps between the distinctive triangular chunks in an effort to reduce the weight while maintaining prices. Normally this would be a so-what moment but Toblerone holds a special place in our hearts. It starts as children when any parent or relative who goes away returns like magic with a bar in their bag. Then we become adults and, thanks to years of exposure to the brand, suddenly…

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New social prescribing service benefits people with mental health conditions

The Rotherham Social Prescribing Mental Health Pilot was developed to help people with mental health conditions overcome the barriers which prevent discharge from secondary mental health care services. The 12-month pilot – which has now been extended to March 2017 – helps service users build and direct their own packages of support by encouraging them to access personalised services provided by local voluntary and community groups. The pilot was delivered in partnership by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and a group of local voluntary sector organisations…

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Sitting at home on sickness benefits is bad for health, says Green

Working is better for people’s health than “sitting at home living on benefits” for sickness and disability, the work and pensions secretary has said before the launch of a welfare review. Damian Green will launch a consultation on disability and sickness benefits later on Monday. It will look specifically at how people qualify for sick pay and doctors’ notes, and review the controversial work capability assessments which determine whether disabled people are eligible for welfare. Charities have welcomed the review of the WCA but there are some concerns that sick…

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