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A "care pension" which would help cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, according to a former pensions minister. Sir Steve Webb, who is now director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the…
Oxfam's handling of sex allegations has been condemned by the Government - with a threat that millions in taxpayer funding could be cut off. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Oxfam had failed to show "moral leadership" and had failed to properly inform donors, regulators and prosecutors about the actions…
An additional £10m is being made available to local authorities in Wales to enable social services to support people in their homes and communities, Health and Social Services Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced. The Cabinet Secretary made the announcement ahead of a statement in the Assembly earlier today, in which…
Sajid Javid has faced claims of trying to "buy off Conservative shires" with council funding to avoid a Commons rebellion. Shadow local government minister Jim McMahon said the Communities Secretary seemed "absolutely determined" to bank on the support of Tory backbenchers, as he hinted Mr Javid was pursuing grander aims…
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has called for a new "ring-fenced" tax specifically to pay for the NHS and social care. The new levy - which could replace national insurance - forms the central recommendation of an expert report commissioned by the Lib Dems on future healthcare funding in…
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said care workers are "grossly underpaid" and pledged £8 billion of extra funding for social care if elected. He made the comments during a visit to Milton Keynes University Hospital on Thursday morning, where he toured the A&E and cancer wards and spoke to patients.…
Hundreds of thousands of youngsters were referred to children's services last year - the equivalent of one every 49 seconds, town hall chiefs have warned. Social workers are working hard to investigate concerns and keep children safe, but more money must be pumped into councils to help cope with demand,…
Sajid Javid has ordered a review into "allegations of failures in financial management and governance" at Northamptonshire County Council. On his first full day as the newly re-titled Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, he commissioned an independent inspection to better understand whether the authority is complying…
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