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A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal autonomy and human rights had been infringed when the device was fitted without her knowledge six years ago.But he has concluded…
An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after revealing an estimated 180,000 recipients are due arrears…
A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) reveal a total of 23,137 deaths were registered across the country from December 2017 to March…
The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelchairs or with mobility problems, the assessment by two watchdogs found.HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission flagged…
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…
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…
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…
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