Monthly Archives: May 2013

Young carers from across Norfolk quizzed politicians and decision-makers

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.

The benefit sanctions regime has “gone too far”, leading “to destitution, hardship and hunger

Half a million people in Britain rely on food banks

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 – 11:46 GMT

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.

Becoming a carer isn’t something you can prepare for

Volunteers give aid to carers at crucial time

 

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.

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