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Secure "old people's homes with walls" could be built to deal with the rapidly ageing prison population, a watchdog has suggested. Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons in England and Wales, revealed he had put forward the idea of new facilities for older inmates to the Government. He said…
Some disabled and sick people are waiting months to find out whether they will receive NHS funding for their medical needs, a new report shows. Decisions on whether somebody is eligible for continuing healthcare should be made within 28 days, but one in 10 people wait longer than 100 days,…
Benefit claimants are being asked their views on new legislation that will establish Scotland's first welfare system. The Social Security Bill introduced last week will give ministers the power to deliver 11 benefits devolved under the Scotland Act 2016, including disability living allowance, winter fuel payment and the carer's allowance.…
The number of disabled people either homeless or at risk of being made homeless has soared over recent years. Scottish Labour analysis of official figures revealed that in 2013/14 there were 898 people with a physical disability identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness. That figure increased to 1,292…
UK Government welfare cuts are expected to reduce annual social security spending in Scotland by almost £4 billion by 2020/21, according to a new report. The Scottish Government's update on the impacts of reforms made since 2010 said about £0.9 billion of the cut was due to measures announced by…
Personal assistance relationships are usually empowering and flexible for both employer and workers, but can become emotionally fraught and even wounded, according to a report launched today. Findings of the study into the diversity and complexity of relationships between disabled people and personal assistants will be presented in London today,…
Four out of five people referred to foodbanks have skipped meals and gone without eating, sometimes for days at a time, a major new study has revealed. Research commissioned by the Trussell Trust showed that half of people using foodbanks said their incomes were "unsteady" from week to week. In…
Ministers have been urged not to drop a Conservative manifesto pledge to get a million more disabled people into work. Charity Mencap have sounded the alarm after there was no reference to the policy in this week's Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's legislative programme. Despite a previous Tory commitment…
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