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More than 220,000 people have been given "zero scores" in both parts of the test for disability benefits in only 18 months, according to new figures. Labour's Angela Eagle called the statistics "deeply worrying" and said it reflected growing numbers of cases causing people great distress in her constituency. Personal…
Victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are being offered jobs by retail giant the Co-op to help them rebuild their lives. Survivors of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude are being given a four-week paid work placement in the Co-op's food business. The move is being supported by…
Demands for efficiency savings on the cost of care for some sick and disabled patients could put patient safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS's Continuing Healthcare funding packages and NHS-funded nursing care by hundreds of millions of…
A council has been criticised for erecting posters that make passers-by "suspicious of homeless people". The poster, by Gloucester City Council, states: "Are you really helping homeless people? "In some cases, the people you see sleeping rough are not homeless. They are in accommodation, receiving support and benefits. "Think before…
Councils have warned of a rise in the number of potential modern slavery victims identified as they called on the public to act as the "first line of defence" in efforts to tackle the scourge. Town halls highlighted official figures showing a jump in cases flagged up to authorities last…
Two young men who bludgeoned a homeless Romanian to death with a meat cleaver have been sentenced to life in prison. Razvan Sirbu, 21, was left with a broken skull, and fractures to his face and ribs after Charlie White (left) and Alex Macdonald (right) launched an unprovoked attack on…
Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
The Scottish Government is being urged to step in and prevent care company Bield from “abandoning” scores of elderly people by closing its 12 nursing homes in Scotland. The firm announced its plans in October, saying that financial constraints meant it had to look differently at how the business operates.…
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