Monthly Archives: May 2013
Norfolk’s young carers make their point at Question Time event
Chris Hill Friday, May 31, 2013
Young carers from across Norfolk quizzed politicians and decision-makers about the provision of care services during a special Question Time event at County Hall.
Twenty-five youngsters, aged between 11-19, put their questions to a panel including Norwich MPs Chloe Smith and Simon Wright, Daniel Phelps from the Carers Trust and Anne Smyth from the Standing Commission for Carers. Officers from Norfolk County Council’s children’s services department were also in the audience.
Half a million people in Britain rely on food banks
Huge cuts to welfare reform have left more than half a million people in Britain reliant on foodbanks to feed themselves or their family, a shocking report by a group of charities has revealed.
Church Action Poverty and Oxfam, with the backing of the Trussell Trust, are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the relationship between benefit delay, error or sanctions, welfare reform changes and the growth of Britain’s ‘hidden hungry.’
“The shocking reality is that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are turning to food aid. Cuts to social safety-nets have gone too far, leading to destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale. It is unacceptable that this is happening in the seventh wealthiest nation on the planet,” said Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s CEO.
Volunteers give aid to carers at crucial time
6:00am Thursday 30th May 2013 in News
By Sally Clifford, T&A Reporter
It can happen to anyone at any time in their lives.
Becoming a carer isn’t something you can prepare for. Whether old age, illness or injury, the circumstances leading you to look after a loved one can change family life forever.