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More than half of care home beds in parts of England are not up to standard, an investigation has found. Some 50% of beds - or more - are in homes rated as needing improvement or inadequate in six local authority areas, Which? analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data…
Some banks have been told not to lend money to anyone claiming Universal Credit, an SNP MP has claimed. Philippa Whitford added that claimants looking for loans could be driven "into the hands of payday lenders and loan sharks" if they cannot get the funds from other sources. She made…
Britain is in a "spiral of division", with London providing greater opportunities for the disadvantaged than coastal, rural and former industrial areas which are "left behind economically and hollowed out socially", a report has found. The capital and its commuter belt resemble "a different country" in a "postcode lottery" in…
Two people have drowned and others have been victims of sexual assault while taking part in an international volunteering programme, the Government spending watchdog said. Other volunteers have been detained by local police while taking part in the "high risk" programme, the National Audit Office (NAO) reported. The International Citizen…
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