No need for elderly to sell home to pay care bill
Elderly people will no longer be forced to sell their homes to pay for care under government proposals to be unveiled next week.
Ministers have drawn up a range of measures that would allow middle-class pensioners to keep their property. Options could include compulsory insurance paid throughout a career, or a one-off payment of around £12,000 either at retirement or death. They are contained in a long-awaited Green Paper discussion document intended to tackle the spiralling cost of care for an ageing population.
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Cheshire Council ‘wrote off girl’ who never went to secondary school
A girl who lived with her mentally ill mother was “effectively written off” by social workers and never attended secondary school, a local government ombudsman says in a scathing report published tomorrow.
The former Cheshire county council failed “comprehensively and spectacularly” to fulfil its responsibilities to the girl, now aged 20, who was considered bright and eager to learn, according to the ombudsman, Anne Seex.
Why psychological therapies need a different kind of state regulation
Psychotherapists and counsellors have a more intimate relationship with patients and any state regulation ‘by audit’ would be inappropriate, says James Antrican, chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
Counselling and psychotherapy must be state regulated
New rules don’t ‘enslave’ therapists or make types of practice illegal – they’re an acknowledgment of the reality of abuse, writes Jonathan Coe, chief executive of Witness.
Food drives up cost of living, Joseph Rowntree Foundation report reveals
Sharp rises in food prices have pushed up the minimum cost of living twice as fast as the rate of inflation over the past year, a report from the Joseph Rowntree foundation reveals.
The charity, which introduced the concept of a minimum income standard in 2008, says it is now harder to live on a low income than it was last year. Its minimum income standard calculates the earnings needed to afford a socially acceptable standard of living in the UK.