Our social affairs editor looks at the issues affecting modern Britain in an era of spending cuts and high unemployment.
Her death “could and should” have been prevented. That was the damning verdict of a serious case review into the suicide of Frances Andrade.
The violinist killed herself days after testifying against the former music director Michael Brewer who was jailed for six years last year for sexually assaulting the musician as a teenager.
The review says mental health authorities failed to realise how vulnerable Frances Andrade was – despite her numerous suicide attempts in the build-up to the trial.
It urged mental health services to be more alert to the fall-out from sexual exploitation and called for criminal justice professionals to improve the support offered to sex abuse survivors, and recognise their “vulnerability” when facing their abusers in court.
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If the government’s “welfare revolution” is to work , then it has to work in places like Torfaen, a south Wales community where direct payments are being trialled.
If you’re one of the 2.34 million low-income families who used to get council tax benefit, you’ll be paying on average £149 more in council tax this year than just over a year ago.
Atos is to pull out of a contract to carry out fit-to-work tests early, and will pay a financial settlement as a result. But the company clearly feels it is not the only guilty party.
Port Sunlight on the Wirral lives up to its status as a model village, with wide tree lined roads and pristine gardens. That’s despite, not because of, the economy, residents say.
While ministers wring their hands about the official definition of poverty, low-paid workers are embarrassed and isolated.
Aggressive landlords and the fear of eviction: a new report shows how the private sector is increasingly being used by councils to house the vulnerable.
Councils are more likely to give discretionary housing payments to those without disabilities than those who are disabled. Jackie Long reports on how the ‘bedroom tax’ is affecting
A UN Committee say the Catholic church has proved itself neither capable nor willing to properly root out abuse.
World leaders and the global elite may be debating poverty, hardship and inequality but here in Stoke people are living it, writes Jackie Long from Davos Drive in Staffordshire.