Many elderly denied care in their own homes
The drastic tightening of rules affecting which elderly people qualify for state-funded care in their own homes has left hundreds of thousands bereft of help and in dire straits, a report published on Tuesday is expected to say.
Asylum-seekers awaiting EU court ruling on detention
Thousands of asylum-seekers who are routinely detained in fast-track removal centres while their claims are being considered by the Home Office could win the right to freedom when judges in Europe deliver a landmark ruling tomorrow.
Brown to use private sector in back-to-work schemes
Gordon Brown will assert his Blairite credentials on welfare today by pledging to open up back-to-work schemes to the private sector and charities.
HIV-positive patients get new drug in battle to keep Aids at bay
A new class of drug for people with HIV is being introduced in Britain today, having been described by researchers as a huge step forward in treating the deadly infection.
Bureaucracy ‘hinders drive for volunteers’
Red-tape and security checks are preventing thousands of people from volunteering, according to a report published today.
First 10 high court judges under new diversity rules
The government’s attempt to reform the system for choosing judges to create a more diverse judiciary is failing to break the stranglehold of privately-educated white males over the high court bench.
Crowded prisons mean more held in police cells – at a cost of £459 a night
Prisoners who are held in police cells as a result of jail overcrowding are costing the taxpayer £459 a night, figures released today show.
Student protest halts family’s deportation
A family of seven threatened with deportation has been reprieved after a campaign that began in a Devon classroom, spread around the world, and led to the government being bombarded with thousands of protest letters.
Fear on the streets
More than half of British women and more than a third of men are afraid to walk alone at night in their own neighbourhoods, according to a survey.
Children of nine may get sex advice packs
Parents could be sent sex advice packs when their children reach the age of nine, under a controversial new drive to cut teenage pregnancies being considered by the Government.
Child health fears over high salt levels in foods
Many foods popular with children contain potentially dangerous levels of salt which are putting their health at risk, a campaign group warns today.