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Government will pay arrears to thousands of benefit claimants

Ministers have caved in to pressure from anti-poverty campaigners and agreed to fully backdate benefit payments to ill and disabled claimants who were left thousands of pounds out of pocket as a result of a series of bureaucratic errors.

Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Disability Confident employers promise less than one job each on average

Nearly 7,000 employers that signed up to the government’s much-criticised Disability Confident jobs scheme have promised to provide just 4,500 new jobs for disabled people between them, less than one per employer.

Could psychedelics transform mental health?

Think of magic mushrooms and LSD and it's likely that science is not the first thing that springs to mind.

Penny Mordaunt becomes first ever government minister to use British Sign Language in Parliament

Penny Mordaunt today became the first ever government minister to use British Sign Language in Parliament.

Scientists have discovered a new type of depression: Finding will pave the way for new treatments for 30% of patients who do not respond to drugs

Certain people with the mental-health disorder may have lower levels of specific receptors, a Japanese study found.

Minister lauds £600,000 for rail access… after her department confirms £47 million in cuts

A transport minister has announced £600,000 funding for seven digital projects to help disabled passengers access rail travel, days after her department confirmed another minister had rubber-stamped tens of millions of pounds in cuts to a separate rail access scheme.

Student mental health support must improve, universities told

Universities are being told to "dramatically improve" support for students with mental health issues.

A Better Understanding of Chronic Pain in CP Patients Is Needed, Review Study Suggests

Chronic pain is common among patients with cerebral palsy and leads to a significantly negative impact on patients’ quality of life. More studies are needed to better understand the cause of this pain and to develop effective treatments, researchers said in a recent study.

US approves UK-grown marijuana-based epilepsy drug

The drug uses cannabidiol which unlike THC does not produce a high and will be used to treat rare forms of childhood epilepsy.