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GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups. Announcing an extra £1.8 million for…
Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Finance Committee. In a new report 'The cost of caring for an ageing population', it found that adult social care costs are likely…
A £20 million scheme to help rough sleepers off the streets and into secure homes has been announced by the Government ahead of World Homeless Day. The Private Rented Sector Access Fund will be open for bids from English councils from Wednesday as part of a drive to combat homelessness,…
The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from…
Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a progress review of services for older people in the city after an inspection in 2016 identified “important weaknesses” in some aspects of performance by…
At least 449 people died homeless in the UK in the last year, a nationwide investigation has found. The research, conducted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, is believed to be the first attempt to monitor the death toll among the homeless community. It has prompted the Office of National…
A Slovakian gang who made a family business from trafficking workers to the UK and forcing them to work for as little as £5 a day have been jailed. Members of the Cisar family were told to think about the humiliation they caused to the people they exploited, some of…
Two people accused of murdering a woman in their care more than 18 years ago were not fit enough to look after her, a court has been told. Jean McSherry had been engaged to marry the father of Margaret Fleming before he died from cancer in October 1995. The witness…
More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still not getting the care they are entitled to. 575,500 people in Wales are deaf or have…
Thousands of Glasgow City Council workers will stage a two-day strike later this month in a row over equal pay claims. More than 8,000 members of the GMB and Unison unions are due to walk out for 48 hours from Tuesday October 23. The unions said the strike will affect…
The mother of a woman allegedly murdered more than 18 years ago has told a court she thought her daughter was getting on with her life and “enjoying herself”. Margaret Cruickshanks, who told a jury she last spoke to her daughter Margaret Fleming more than 20 years ago, said she…
An investigation is under way after a man believed to have lived in a six-foot shed for 40 years was rescued by specialist officers. The 58-year-old was found at a residential site north of Carlisle in Cumbria in a dawn raid on Wednesday by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour…
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