Sudden death gene: Figures released by the British Heart Foundation have warned that 620,000 people in the UK possess a faulty gene, that potentially puts them at risk of sudden death, cardiac arrest or heart attacks. Read the full story.
Bereavement payment review: Research from UK charity Childhood Bereavement Network has highlighted that 91% of widowed parents will be supported for a shorter period of time under the new system of bereavement payment. Changes to the system, which will be introduced on 6 April 2017, will see the previous three-tier approach replaced by a single payment. One major change that will be seen is the replacement of the Widowed Parent’s Allowance.
It is estimated that this change will leave 75% of bereaved parents worse off than prior to the death of their partner, with the average family predicted to receive £12,000 less in financial support under the new legislation. Parents who were not married will also not be supported under the new system, which is predicted to save £40 million a year from 2020. Find out more.