News round up: End of two-tier care-home regime on cards

End of two-tier care-home regime promises better deal for middle classes

Plans to scrap the two-tier system of long-term care for the elderly, which gives no help to thousands of middle-class families, will be outlined this week.

Ministers are proposing the creation of a universal system giving all families the same “basic entitlement” to help, with the same legal protection, right to an assessment of needs and help in navigating the complex fees of care homes, The Times has learnt.
Read more on this story in The Times

Retirement age challenge reaches appeal court

A solicitor who was forced to leave his job at the age of 65 will bring a test appeal today in the first challenge over compulsory retirement to reach the Court of Appeal.

Leslie Seldon’s claim that he was discriminated against on grounds of age has such wide implications that two government bodies have stepped in, one on either side
Read more on this story in The Times

More houses face fuel poverty, warn government advisers

More households will be pushed into fuel poverty without “radical action” by the government because of higher energy prices and growing unemployment, a new report warned.

Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

Pupils told they have a ‘right’ to a good sex life

The NHS is telling school pupils they have a ‘right’ to an enjoyable sex life and that it is good for their health.
A health service leaflet says experts concentrate too much on the need for safe sex and loving relationships, and not enough on the pleasure it can bring.
Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

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