Elderly at risk as alarms replace their wardens
Thousands of vulnerable pensioners in sheltered accommodation are struggling to adapt, as wardens are increasingly replaced by emergency alarms and ‘floating’ support workers, it is claimed.
Campaigners are calling for an ‘urgent review’ amid fears that cost-cutting measures are causing ‘confusion, upset and unrest’ among many of the 400,000 elderly people living in sheltered homes.
Mum on the run: Pregnant teen flees to Ireland to escape social workers she fears will take her baby
A mother-to-be has fled to Ireland because she fears social services are planning to seize her newborn child and have it adopted.
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Criminals will have to do community service in ‘intensive blocks’
Criminals ordered to carry out community service may have to work full-time to complete their sentences under new rules introduced by the Government on Monday.
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We’ll bring back British Bulldog
SCHOOLKIDS should be urged to get stuck into traditional playground games like British Bulldog in a drive to combat obesity, officials say.
Landlords in limbo as councils tell tenants to ignore notices to quit
Local authorities are infuriating private landlords by advising tenants served with notice to quit to cling on until they are forcibly ejected by bailiffs or taken to court.
Home Office: credit crunch could cause crimewave
The economic downturn is set to lead to more crime, fewer police, more illegal immigration and a rise in far right extremism, a leaked Home Office letter reveals.
Fifty thousand young men and women drink their way into hospital each year in England, official figures show.
The statistics, the most comprehensive of their kind, take into account alcohol poisoning, liver disease and psychiatric and behavioural problems triggered by drinking.
Social housing body calls for end to ‘unfair’ fuel prepayment meters
Low-income families struggling to pay soaring fuel bills will stay in the spotlight this week as charities and industry bodies demand that the government stop energy companies from charging some of their poorest customers high premiums.
Following the double-digit energy price rises at Eon and Scottish and Southern (S&S), the National Housing Federation – which represents 1,300 non-profit housing associations – will launch its Energy Action Week tomorrow.
Read more on this story in The GuardianImmigration: High court to rule on incarceration of boy, eight, in detention centre
Lawyers acting on behalf of an eight-year-old boy detained in an immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire are to challenge the legality of his incarceration this week in the high court.
The Iranian boy, known for legal reasons as Child M, has been locked up in Yarl’s Wood, the UK’s main immigration removal centre for women and families, since July 15.
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