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12 December 2018
The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that there were 50,100 'excess deaths' in England and Wales in the winter of 2017-18, the highest number since the mid-1970s.
14 November 2018
The crisis in social care continues to worsen, as councils prepare to find alternative provision for 13,500 more elderly and disabled people by the end of the month
26 July 2017
Pensioners and disabled people from South Yorkshire Freedom Riders are to travel by coach to York on 31 July to lobby a police misconduct hearing
19 April 2017
Over 900 carers quit every day last year in England
8 March 2017
There's a byelection coming up on 21 March. There are 27 candidates, all hereditary peers, all men, and all very rich.
1 February 2017
Cumbria county council has again published long discredited assertions to justify its attack on our care home system which will get rid of the majority of beds.
25 January 2017
"My son was assessed four months ago but is still waiting for a carer," a mother told a packed consultation meeting - the St Austell leg of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan public relations tour
14 December 2016
Councils may start seizing the homes of elderly people after death to pay care bills. Ministers are also considering letting local authorities charge more council tax to cover them. Councils should instead fight for more funding, and for care to be nationalised.
19 October 2016
Councils and unions must combat the cuts: Over the past six years, the number of care homes has fallen by 1,500 to 16,600. Home care providers are not renewing council contracts. The number of elderly people receiving social care from their local council declined by a staggering 26% between 2010 and 2015.
23 March 2016
Letters to the Socialist's editors. Rape, women and victim blaming; McDonnell boosts Blairite mayor; healthcare insurance headache; errors of the pro-EU left; global economy gripes.
18 November 2015
A facility called Oakdene, used by adults with learning difficulties, is in need of refurbishment. But the council is considering finding a new place for them by closing an elderly care home and moving the facility there instead!
29 July 2015
Millionaire health minister Jeremy Hunt has reneged on the Tories' election promise to cap social care costs for over 65s, writes Simon Carter.
18 March 2015
Just weeks from the elections, council budget cuts are hammering communities and workers
11 March 2015
Three TUSC prospective parliamentary candidates say why they're standing
21 January 2015
The privately run Parklands House care home in Rochdale was so bad that according to the Manchester Evening News: "Residents were seen sitting in soiled clothing, medication was left lying around and some patients were not receiving the right prescriptions."
3 December 2014
A protest planned outside Sheffield Magistrates Court is now partly a celebration. Cases against pensioners George Arthur and Tony Nuttall, the "freedom riders" arrested at Sheffield railway station, have been dropped
9 July 2014
Since 2010 spending on social care has fallen by 12% while the number of people in need of support has risen by 14%
25 June 2014
Around 60 of us had travelled together by train into Sheffield without paying as part of the continuing Freedom Ride campaign
14 May 2014
South Yorkshire's Freedom Riders win a victory in campaign to get back travel concessions
7 May 2014
Elderly and disabled people in South Yorkshire are still catching trains and refusing to pay. We've now held five 'Freedom Ride' protests
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