127 Mid West children homeless

first_imgLimerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls NewsHousing127 Mid West children homelessBy Alan Jacques – June 11, 2018 2002 Students warned of rental scams in Limerick Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Printcenter_img Covid crisis impacts building of new homes in Limerick Email SIXTY-six families with 127 children were homeless in the Mid-West in April this year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing.There were 89 adults, 43 of these single-parent families, homeless in the region during April.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The total number of children homeless across the State came to 3,689.“While homeless figures for April show a very slight decrease they are still alarmingly high but the most concerning aspect is the increase in the number of children who are without a home. This is a scandal,” Labour Party Housing spokesperson, Jan O’Sullivan said.“These children are in truly precarious situations, along with their families in many cases with nowhere to play, far from their friends and school and filled with an anxiety about the future that no child should have to endure.”These figures, Deputy O’Sullivan insists, brings more urgency to the need to implement the kind of measures she presented on behalf of the Labour Party to the Dáil last week to prevent families from losing their homes and also to see the Government progress the Housing (Homeless Families) Bill which would ensure the needs of children whose families are homeless are addressed.“As we shine a light on the wrongs done to children in the past, we must find real solutions to the plight of the children of the present whose lives are blighted by being homeless,” she concluded.Commenting on the figures, Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, said: “The report for April shows a reduction in the number of adults and families accessing emergency accommodation, which is welcome. I have said before that monthly reporting makes it difficult to identify any developing trends at an early stage, but from these figures, it would seem that the presentation of new families into emergency accommodation is stabilising.“That said, while the number of families in emergency accommodation is down this month, a small number of families with a large number of children did present, meaning that the number of dependents has risen by 43.”Read more housing stories here. Facebook Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleThrowing the book at Limerick schoolboy soccer Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDeputy Jan O’Sullivaneoghan murphyhomelesshomelessnessHousingJan O’Sullivan TDpolitics Average Limerick city house prices rise 2.5% in past yearlast_img read more

Positive steps to protect pregnant staff members

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Positive steps to protect pregnant staff membersOn 18 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Expectant mothers could claim sex discrimination if companies do not meettheir health and safety needsMost employers appreciate they must not discriminate against pregnantemployees. However, few realise the positive steps they now must take toprotect the health and safety of these employees, even before they know theyare pregnant. Ultimately, these steps can include suspending an employee onfull pay if there is no other way of protecting her.If they do not, they run the risk not only of claims for sex discrimination,but also damages for personal injury and fines for breaches of health andsafety regulations. This is an expensive cocktail. Employers need to act now toidentify potential risks to women who are or who may be pregnant and take stepsto reduce those risks.The HSE has given guidance on the health and safety risks to pregnant womenand new mothers. Shocks, vibration or movement and manual handling are obviousrisks. Less obvious are the risks posed by stress, mental and physical fatigue.The HSE points out excessive standing and other physical work can causepremature birth, miscarriage and low birth weight. Excessive physical or mentalpressure can lead to stress and raised blood pressure. Passive smoking, alreadya hot topic, is a particular danger to pregnant women.The law requires employers to deal with these risks in various ways. Allemployers should be familiar with their general duty to carry out riskassessments, implement preventative measures and inform employees, as set outin the 1992 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. In addition,the Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed in the case of Day v Pickles Farmsthat when a worker is a woman of child bearing age, that risk assessment shouldtake into account the possibility she may be pregnant. The logic is that theworker might not know for some time herself if she was pregnant.In any event, as soon as an employer knows an employee is pregnant, hasgiven birth within the previous six months or is breast-feeding, the lawrequires them to carry out a specific personal risk assessment to identifyrisks to her or her baby. If a risk is identified, the employer must preventexposure to it. Sometimes specific regulations – for example, on manual handling orhazardous chemicals – will set out requirements in detail. Otherwise, theemployer has to do what is reasonable. This would start with changingconditions or hours temporarily then finding suitable alternative employment and,as a last resort, suspending on full pay. The HSE recommends that whereverpossible new and expectant mothers have some control over how their work isorganised.It can be expensive not to comply. The 1992 Regulations give a specificright to compensation. The Employment Rights Act 1996 makes it automaticallyunfair to dismiss a woman, because she should be suspended from her work onmaternity grounds. The same applies if she is dismissed for asserting herrights. Plus, the Act gives her the right not to be dismissed or subjected toany detriment because she has told her employer about actual or potentialhealth and safety risks.Hanging over this is the principle of special treatment for pregnant staff.If they subject a woman to any detriment linked to her pregnancy, she can bringa claim for sex discrimination, with unlimited compensation.Penny Macmillan is an associate at Wragge and Colast_img read more

For sustainable fisheries, try eating ‘underloved’ fish

first_img Read Full Story Eating a wider variety of fish, including species like hake, skate, and cusk, would help keep overall fish stocks strong, according to chef and author Barton Seaver. Diversifying in this way would help ensure that people can keep eating plenty of fish — an important source of nutrients — as well as ensure economic stability for fishermen and coastal communities.In a Dec. 18, 2017 interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, Barton, director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discussed sustainable fishing and other fish-related topics, such as fish farming and tips for buying quality fish.Seaver said that just three species—tuna, salmon, and shrimp—account for 65 percent of total fish consumption. But overexploitation can decimate species, he said. For example, a boom in popularity of sea bass that began in the 1990s led to overfishing and depleted stocks.“I think that we as consumers, and we as chefs, need to become more educated about the wealth of diversity of seafood that’s available to us so that we place our demand across a broad footprint of the ecosystem,” he said.Listen to the Fresh Air interview with Barton Seaver: Sustainable Seafoodlast_img read more