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Council bosses are to pay for a deep clean of a couple's home after concerns were raised about the conditions a toddler was living in.The child lives with relatives, and social workers had considered asking a family court judge to place the youngster for adoption.But social services bosses have drawn…
A deal has been struck to help avoid disruption to vital home services to 13,000 elderly and disabled people, it has been announced.Privately-owned CRG, a leading home care, healthcare, social care and education staffing business, has acquired troubled home care provider Allied Healthcare.CRG group chief executive Ian Munro said: "The…
Thousands of vulnerable young people will be homeless or at risk of homelessness in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a charity has said.Centrepoint said 18,000 young people aged 16-25 in the UK are currently or under threat of sleeping rough, and warned that homelessness is not always visible.The charity…
A children's home worker has been found guilty of 19 sexual offences against boys.Bruce McLean (pictured) was convicted by majority verdicts at Chester Crown Court on 19 counts of indecent assault against four victims, a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said.The jury failed to reach verdicts on a further…
Ministers have been urged to review cuts to sexual health budgets by the first MP to announce that he has HIV during a House of Commons debate.Lloyd Russell-Moyle (pictured), Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, said he felt he had to speak out about an issue which affected him personally.He is…
Thefts of parking permits for disabled motorists have increased by 45% in the past 12 months, figures show.Some 4,246 blue badges were reported stolen in England in 2017/18 compared with 2,921 in the previous year, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).The latest total is the highest since records began…
Staff at the housing charity Shelter are to stage a three-day strike over a "derisory" pay offer.Members of Unite will walk out on December 11, with the union warning the organisation's ability to offer advice and support in the run-up to Christmas will be "seriously affected".Unite said Shelter had offered…
The number of people held in immigration detention has fallen to the lowest level since comparable records started nearly a decade ago, Government figures show.There were 2,049 detainees at the end of September, a 41% drop compared with the same date 12 months earlier.A Home Office report said the fall…
High earners should have childcare subsidies scrapped to give a boost to low-income families under Universal Credit, the architects of the reforms have said.The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think-tank, in a joint report with Save the Children, argues the Government's flagship welfare reform should fund 100% of childcare payments…
The UK has become one of the first countries to meet a key target in the battle against the HIV epidemic, figures suggest.Statistics released by Public Health England (PHE) on Thursday indicate Britain has met the 90-90-90 benchmark, which campaigners hailed as an "extraordinary moment".The global target for 2020 is…
A hospital trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal has been criticised by health inspectors in a new report.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) as "inadequate" in findings published on Thursday.The trust runs Shropshire's two main hospitals, Telford's Princess…
A council facing severe criticism for inviting a serial rapist to take part in legal proceedings about the future of a child he fathered with one of his victims says it is seeking urgent clarity from the government.Rotherham Council responded after campaigner and survivor of the town's child exploitation scandal…
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