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The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has dropped plans to issue rough sleepers with fines if they refuse to engage with services, a campaigner has claimed. A petition of more than 280,000 signatures was handed to council leader Simon Dudley on Thursday asking the council to drop plans to…
Six police officers and staff will face misconduct proceedings following the death of a man with mental health problems in police custody. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant, two detention officers and three police constables will face misconduct hearings, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Thomas Orchard, 32,…
International organisations funded by the Scottish Government have been asked to give assurances over their policies to protect the vulnerable. It comes in the wake of the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal. The charity has been accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering…
A man sold into slavery as a child has won a court victory as judges declared that guidance on immigration rules for trafficking victims was unlawful. Three senior Appeal Court judges overturned two Home Office decisions in a case brought by a 40-year-old Ghanaian man with a "terrible story". In…
Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following allegations senior staff working in crisis zones paid for sex with vulnerable locals. The Good Will Hunting star resigned after 20 years with the charity, saying she was "horrified" by the scandal. In a statement published…
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead could fine rough sleepers up to £100 for begging or leaving their bedding in public places. The council came under fierce criticism last month when council leader Simon Dudley said the number of rough sleepers would put Windsor in a "sadly unfavourable light"…
The energy industry is to investigate how it can improve its standards of care and support for vulnerable customers. Trade association Energy UK has launched a new independently-chaired commission which will hold hearings across the UK over the coming months to hear from consumer, elderly, disability and mental health groups…
A coroner has concluded that gross failure by a hospital contributed to the death of a man whose severe constipation meant he had to have 10kg of faeces removed from his bowels. Richard Handley, 33, who had Downs Syndrome and was from Lowestoft, Suffolk, died from a cardiac arrest in…
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