Public service cuts to target middle classes
Looming cuts in public services will be targeted at middle-class families under Harriet Harman’s Equality Bill.
Details slipped out yesterday reveal ministers, councils and other public bodies will have a duty to reduce the impact of cuts on the poor.
It’s none of your business: What Age Concern told neighbour who phoned fearing for older couple later found dead in their home
A woman who spent weeks desperately trying to arrange help for her elderly neighbours before they were found dead in their freezing home was told by Age Concern: ‘It’s got nothing to do with you.’
Heather Footitt took action after Derek Randall, 76, begged her for assistance because he could no longer look after his wheelchair-bound wife Jean, 79.
‘Problem’ families should be put into care, says crime adviser
Problem families can cost the taxpayer £330,000 a year each as police and social services attempt to tackle the consequences of bad behaviour, the Government’s neighbourhood crime adviser said.
Louise Casey, director-general of the Home Office neighbourhood, said that a small number of families caused “phenomenal” problems as children were allowed to run riot on estates, and that politicians had to tackle poor parenting.
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