Inheritance levy planned for long-term care of the elderly
People in England and Wales could pay a one-off “inheritance levy” of up to £12,000 in return for free long-term care in their old age, under controversial government plans being drawn up to cope with the growing demands of an ageing population. The fee would either be deducted from the estates of older people when they die or paid on retirement. The aim is to replace a system that forces many pensioners to sell their family homes to fund massive nursing home bills.
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Drugs rehab unit for young people faces closure ‘within days’
The UK’s only remaining residential detox and rehabilitation unit for young people with serious alcohol and drug problems is facing closure this week amid concerns that local councils are withholding referrals because of cost.
Middlegate — a specialist service based in Lincolnshire that caters for 12- to 17-year-olds in need of intensive detox and rehabilitation, often because other forms of treatment for substance misuse have failed — could close within days, its management claims.
Rise in listeria food poisoning as elderly take ‘use by’ date gamble
Older people are taking risks by eating food that is past its “use by” date, according to the Food Standards Agency. The watchdog is now concerned that the “waste not, want not” ethos of the postwar period could be linked to the rising incidence of listeria food poisoning.
Town halls spend £50million translating documents no one reads
More than £50 million was spent by town halls and civil servants in the last year on translating documents that hardly anyone read.
Pamphlets for gipsies translated into Polish by Haringey council in North London failed to attract a single reader.
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Children whose mothers and fathers remain married but frequently argue do worse at school than those from secure, lone-parent families.
Ed Balls warns that Labour infighting will let Tories off the hook
In his first major intervention since Labour’s disastrous performance in the European and local elections, Gordon Brown‘s closest cabinet ally makes a plea for unity as he calls on his party to focus on Tory plans to cut public spending.
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