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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…
Former boxing champion and professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse has said a huge response to his offer to open his gym to homeless people at Christmas has "restored my faith in the human race".He said he has received more than 15,000 messages since he decided to open up his business in…
The role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner needs to be strengthened, a new report has said.A review of the workings of the Modern Slavery Act led by former minister Frank Field said the post, which is currently vacant, should not be filled until the commissioner was given "genuine independence".The report…
Patients across England can now access GP appointments in the evening and on weekends, NHS England has announced.Health bosses said that an estimated nine million extra appointments per year will become available to patients.Extended access means people will be able to see a doctor, nurse or other member of a…
Councils may pull out of a scheme for housing asylum seekers after carrying a "disproportionate share" of the costs and pressures, a Commons report has warned.MPs claimed local authorities have "lost confidence" in the system, with some weighing up whether to cease participating.If their support was lost, the Government would…
A couple who complained about their child being taken from them and handed to adopters even though a cruelty prosecution had been abandoned were not the victims of a miscarriage of justice, a leading judge has concluded after a review.Karrissa Cox and former soldier Richard Carter, who are in their…
A High Court judge has rejected a bid by the father of Poppi Worthington to remove details of her sexual abuse and change the official record of her death, and instead ordered him to pay costs for bringing a judicial review.Paul Worthington's lawyers claimed David Roberts, Senior Coroner for Cumbria,…
The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales has denied a child sex abuse survivor's claim he covered up for the actions of a priest at the centre of several allegations.Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, was asked whether he had suppressed a 1968 note relating to an alleged…
A very sick 11-month-old girl who has spent her life in hospital should be allowed to die peacefully, a High Court judge has ruled.Mr Justice Hayden said doctors could stop providing "futile" life-support treatment to the youngster.The judge said the little girl had a progressive brain injury plus a very…
A review into a major blunder in the breast cancer screening programme which meant thousands of women were not invited to final screenings has found that the announcement was made following advice based on an incomplete understanding of what had happened.The error was said to have affected an estimated 450,000…
Revised abortion statistics show a 50% increase in abortion for Down's syndrome over the last 10 years - with projections it is set to rise further, a campaign group has warned.The new figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care show there were 655 abortions for Down's syndrome…
A group of National Lottery millionaires turned into party planners to throw a Christmas-themed celebration for young carers.The 24 lottery winners, with a combined wealth of more than £48 million, hosted around 75 carers aged between eight and 16 at the glitzy event near Chelmsford, Essex on Thursday.The invited carers,…
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