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Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter, Devon,…
An autistic woman who is obsessed with men is at the centre of proceedings in a specialist court.Social workers say the woman behaves in a "socially inappropriate" fashion in public places.Council social services bosses began litigation in the Court of Protection, where judges consider issues relating to people who lack…
The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses aimed at helping them identify and prevent human trafficking and exploitation.It calls on firms to carry out checks to ensure workers have access to their identification documents, and to provide employees with training to spot the signs of exploitation.Under the Modern Slavery…
A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal autonomy and human rights had been infringed when the device was fitted without her knowledge six years ago.But he has concluded…
An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after revealing an estimated 180,000 recipients are due arrears…
A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) reveal a total of 23,137 deaths were registered across the country from December 2017 to March…
The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelchairs or with mobility problems, the assessment by two watchdogs found.HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission flagged…
GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups. Announcing an extra £1.8 million for…
Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Finance Committee. In a new report 'The cost of caring for an ageing population', it found that adult social care costs are likely…
A £20 million scheme to help rough sleepers off the streets and into secure homes has been announced by the Government ahead of World Homeless Day. The Private Rented Sector Access Fund will be open for bids from English councils from Wednesday as part of a drive to combat homelessness,…
The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from…
At least 449 people died homeless in the UK in the last year, a nationwide investigation has found. The research, conducted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, is believed to be the first attempt to monitor the death toll among the homeless community. It has prompted the Office of National…
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