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Spare a thought on Christmas Day as you sit down to watch the Queen’s speech or prepare to tuck into your turkey, for all the care workers who are putting the needs of others before themselves this festive season. It is estimated that a staggering 176,000 care workers in the…
Universal Credit could have potentially "disastrous" consequences for disabled people, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.The Commons Work and Pensions Committee called on the Government to take urgent action to avoid vulnerable people being forced into "miserable hardship".It accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of making a…
The Government has admitted that more than 4,500 disabled people were wrongly stripped of benefits despite having "good reasons" for missing assessments.Work and pensions minister Sarah Newton revealed they will now receive back payments after a review by her department.It comes just over a year after a court ruling in…
The scale of homeless deaths has been branded a "national tragedy" after official estimates showed a rise of almost a quarter over five years.Some 597 people sleeping rough or in emergency accommodation were estimated to have died last year in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.This…
Reforms to make it simpler for care homes and hospitals to hold vulnerable people who cannot consent to treatment or care have cleared their first Commons hurdle - despite cross-party opposition and concern.Ministers were warned that the measures in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill could "potentially give private companies the…
The Scottish Conservatives have called on ministers to deliver on a pledge to publish a national strategy to combat loneliness by the end of the year.The government vowed to publish the new strategy, one of the first in the world, by the end of 2018.The Tories said the wait since…
Homeless people are being denied access to public services because they do not have a fixed postal address, according to a report.Citizens Advice said the homeless could have their benefits sanctioned, drop down waiting lists or miss out on offers of housing.The Royal Mail said it was open to the…
New centres aimed at taking rough sleepers off the streets will be set up at 11 locations across England.The £4.8 million Government project will see "rough sleeping hubs" up and running by spring 2019.Meanwhile, Labour said it would create a £100 million scheme to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers…
A family of landlords has been ordered to pay almost £250,000 after "cramming" 31 tenants into a four-bedroom house, a council said.The tenants were forced to sleep in shifts as night workers would swap with those who had daytime working hours at the property in Napier Road, Wembley, council officers…
More than 4.3 million elderly people are at risk of being without care because of where they live, new research has suggested.Just one in five local areas in the UK report having enough care for people aged 75 and over to meet demand, with a third (34%) of local authorities…
A £10,000 donation has been given to Westminster City Council as part of a new scheme to combat loneliness, help rough sleepers and provide training for young people.The donation was given to the Westminster Community Contribution Fund, a scheme allowing high earners within the Band H tax bracket to pay…
Squeezed funding and staff shortages are creating "extremely fragile" home care services, a report has warned.A leading think tank and a university said fees for home care services are too low to maintain quality services for the more than 400,000 older and disabled people who need daily help with washing,…
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