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A "vulnerable" former carer has been cleared of a sex attack on an elderly dementia patient after more than 10 years spent protesting his innocence.Gareth William Jones was jailed for seven years in July 2008 after being found guilty of sexual activity by a care worker with a person with…
Radio host Iain Lee has been credited with helping save a man's life after keeping a suicidal caller on the line for 30 minutes until an ambulance arrived.The man, whose name was only given as Chris, called into Lee's talkRadio show on Wednesday and said he had taken an overdose…
Universal Credit could have potentially "disastrous" consequences for disabled people, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.The Commons Work and Pensions Committee called on the Government to take urgent action to avoid vulnerable people being forced into "miserable hardship".It accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of making a…
The Government has admitted that more than 4,500 disabled people were wrongly stripped of benefits despite having "good reasons" for missing assessments.Work and pensions minister Sarah Newton revealed they will now receive back payments after a review by her department.It comes just over a year after a court ruling in…
The scale of homeless deaths has been branded a "national tragedy" after official estimates showed a rise of almost a quarter over five years.Some 597 people sleeping rough or in emergency accommodation were estimated to have died last year in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.This…
A police officer has been sacked after breaching professional standards during the restraint of a mental health patient who collapsed and died in 2011.Pc Paul Adey was found guilty of giving a false account to investigators in relation to the fatal collapse of Walsall man Kingsley Burrell, who went into…
Reforms to make it simpler for care homes and hospitals to hold vulnerable people who cannot consent to treatment or care have cleared their first Commons hurdle - despite cross-party opposition and concern.Ministers were warned that the measures in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill could "potentially give private companies the…
The Scottish Conservatives have called on ministers to deliver on a pledge to publish a national strategy to combat loneliness by the end of the year.The government vowed to publish the new strategy, one of the first in the world, by the end of 2018.The Tories said the wait since…
Homeless people are being denied access to public services because they do not have a fixed postal address, according to a report.Citizens Advice said the homeless could have their benefits sanctioned, drop down waiting lists or miss out on offers of housing.The Royal Mail said it was open to the…
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…
A family of landlords has been ordered to pay almost £250,000 after "cramming" 31 tenants into a four-bedroom house, a council said.The tenants were forced to sleep in shifts as night workers would swap with those who had daytime working hours at the property in Napier Road, Wembley, council officers…
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