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Crowdfunding appeals for cancer treatment are fuelling the use of alternative "quack" therapies, experts have warned. About £8 million has been raised for alternative cancer treatments on UK crowdfunding sites since 2012, according to figures published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The findings have led to calls for sites…
Ministers have been urged to ring fence funding for autistic children so schools can provide properly for them. Labour's Lloyd Russell-Moyle said autistic children in his Brighton Kemptown constituency were "unable to access proper education". During Education questions in the Commons, he told MPs that head teachers do not have…
Care for the elderly is "on the brink of collapse", a charity has warned. A new report from the charity Independent Age states that chronic under-funding of social care in England means that older people are being "increasingly let down" by the system. It suggests that if current trends continue,…
The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested. The number of over-85s requiring 24-hour care will almost double to 446,000 in England by 2035, according to a new…
England has been "left behind in the race" to resolve its social care funding problems, a charity has warned. Age UK said an entire generation of elderly people had "lost out" after various proposed care reforms had been left to "gather dust". The comments come after a new report compared…
Cash-strapped councils were forced to overspend on their children's social care budgets while shaving nearly £500 million off their collective expenditure last year compared with the previous 12 months, official data shows. Authorities were forced to slash spending in areas such as public health, transport services and corporate services in…
Reductions in the amount of time people in need of social care spend trapped in hospitals when they are fit to be discharged has saved the NHS millions of pounds, new analysis suggests. Social care leaders have called for more money to be ploughed into the system in order to…
A British businessman who died alongside his family in a seaplane crash has left a reported £41 million fortune to scandal-hit charity Oxfam. The organisation said on Tuesday it was "extremely grateful" for the bequest from Richard Cousins (pictured), who died alongside his fiancee, his two sons and her daughter…
Just over one in 10 adults over 55 have set aside money to cover the costs of any future care needs, the consumer rights group Which? has warned. A survey commissioned by the organisation found only 12% were saving in case they needed to pay for care in later years.…
The Tory head of the Commons Health and Social Care Committee has dismissed proposals for a "Care Isa" that are reportedly being considered by the Government. Sarah Wollaston said the Isa, which would be immune from inheritance tax, would not solve the crisis in social care "at all" and would…
Drastic cuts to jobs and services are expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council, as councillors meet to consider an action plan designed to deal with a budget shortfall of up to £70 million. Proposals to be discussed at a special meeting of the authority on Thursday include an unspecified number…
A troubled county council has held an extraordinary meeting amid concerns that it will no longer be able to pay for services for vulnerable children and adults and meet its legal budgetary duties. Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council held the talks on Wednesday to discuss how to tackle the funding…
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