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An extra £19 million will be made available next year for councils which are helping large numbers of lone children who are seeking asylum, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said. Mr Javid said he recognised the work of councils in looking after some of the most vulnerable people in society.…
Ministers have pledged to reform tests for disability benefits after accepting all the recommendations in an official review. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has accepted partially or in full all 14 recommendations made in Paul Gray's independent review of personal independence payment (PIP), which was published in March.…
A Tory MP has urged ministers to consider "centralised funding" of social care in a similar system to the NHS. Huw Merriman made the call as he highlighted the situation in his East Sussex constituency, where large numbers of people spend their retirement. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the proposal…
Plans to give local authorities the power to raise council tax by an extra 1% will generate only a fraction of the funding shortfall in social care, a senior Labour MP has claimed. Clive Betts said the proposals unveiled by ministers would raise £250 million next year, while the Local…
Jeremy Hunt has attempted to play down Labour estimates which suggest the NHS has more than 100,000 vacant posts. The Health Secretary claimed a desire for more nurses and reforms to mental health services had created vacancies, adding that a plan to develop the NHS and social care workforce has…
Campaigners have launched legal action against the Government over a cap in funding for a flagship scheme to help disabled people back into work. The challenge over Access to Work concerns a cap on the amount of money people can be awarded through the scheme, which it is argued will…
Disabled people are seen as a burden on society "because the Government thinks we cost too much money", an Access to Work claimant has said. Julie Fernandez is an actor, trainer and entrepreneur who sold her craft business at the beginning of the year and is now working in a…
Survivors of domestic violence will be given more support to move home under a new housing scheme. The scheme will ensure those with lifetime tenancies in social housing who flee a violent relationship will not lose their security of tenure and are provided with a new home. In 2015/16 more…
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