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Elderly social care, energy prices and financial fraud must be top priorities for the next government to maintain consumer confidence and a thriving economy, a watchdog has said. Which? urged all political parties to address the "critical" consumer issues in the forthcoming election which are the cause of "significant detriment"…
Research into new treatments for Parkinson's disease is falling behind and in urgent need of extra funding, a charity has warned. Without greater progress, patients with the progressive shaking disease face a bleak future, according to Parkinson's UK. The charity has launched its first public fundraising campaign as it marks…
The National Health Service (NHS) is the nation's "national religion" but it is "in crisis", a new report has concluded. A House of Lords committee report states the NHS is "an iconic part of Britain's social fabric" but suggests the system is not sustainable in its current form. Peers said…
One in 10 councils have cut their spending on social care by more than a quarter, a respected economic think tank has found. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that overall local authority spending on social care fell by 11% in real terms between 2009/10 and 2015/16. Their research…
Social care providers are pushing up prices for private clients due to pressure from councils, MPs have warned. The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has revealed that 96% of people paying for their own care are charged an average of 43% more than the cost of state-funded residents in…
Unions, charities and medics' groups have raised concerns about longer waiting times and a shortfall in funding as the head of the NHS mapped out its short-term future. Patients will face longer waits for non-urgent operations, NHS England chief executive Simon Steven said, and the Royal College of Surgeons has…
Social care standards are being driven down by a lack of adequate funding, MPs have warned. The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee said the financial situation is now "very seriously" impacting on the quality and quantity of adult social care provision as it called for a major cross-party review…
The council at the centre of a row over allegations of a "sweetheart deal" on finance plans to leave the umbrella body for local authorities. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge (pictured) has written to the Local Government Association (LGA) giving 12 months' notice of his intention to quit the…
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