Johnson admits £6bn black hole in funding of care for older people
A looming £6bn black hole in the funding of social care for older people in England was acknowledged last night by Alan Johnson, the health secretary.
Family mourns former altar boy, 16, killed in bakery
Hunt for youth after 13th teenage murder in London
Court overrules experts in injured baby case
Two “caring and supportive” parents have won a high court ruling clearing them of deliberately harming their six-week-old baby.
Heaven knows why we are all miserable now, say the Christian MPs
The primary cause of unhappiness in Britain is not lack of material wealth but a loss of faith in God and religion, a group of MPs says today.
5,000 foster parents are needed urgently for children in residential care
Thousands of children are languishing in residential homes or being forced to travel miles to temporary placements due to a severe shortage of foster carers.
Jeff and Janie Ashton say fostering is ‘the best job in the world’
When Janie Ashton and her husband Jeff discovered that they could not have children of their own, they still felt they had a lot to offer a child, especially one that had not had the best start in life.
Couple who won’t accept homosexuality win right to foster
A couple who were rejected as foster parents after they refused to condone homosexuality have won their battle to apply to be carers.
Tax evasion ‘costs lives of 5.6m children’
The lives of more than five million children could be saved in the developing world – if the super-rich and the world’s largest companies paid their fair share in taxes, according to a leading British charity.
Nottingham tackles Asbo culture with early action
It has been called the gun crime capital of the UK and has languished at the bottom of the education league tables, but now Nottingham is transforming its fortunes with a groundbreaking early intervention project to tackle Asbo culture.
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Carer sacked for visiting dying resident
A carer was sacked for breaching health and safety rules after making out-of-hours visit to dying resident