Charity unleashes Easter egg chicks

HAND-knitted Easter chick covers for Cadbury crème eggs

by Lesley Tate, Senior Reporter

HAND-knitted Easter chick covers for Cadbury crème eggs have proved a run-away success for Craven charity Carers Resource.

For the past seven years, an army of volunteer knitters have produced more than 10,000 gaily decorated covers in time for Easter.

Benefits assessment led to woman’s suicide says watchdog

The way a woman was assessed for benefits led to her suicide less than a month later, according to a mental health watchdog.

The Mental Welfare Commission looked at the case of a woman who killed herself after an Atos assessment

The woman had a history of depression and was on significant medication, but scored zero points in a Work Capability Assessment (WCA), carried out by Atos.

The new Care Act means we can all apply for support as we get old

The Act is a watershed in the slow transition of social care into a service that thinks first and foremost about keeping people independent. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

Finally we’ve arrived. Seven years after the Law Commission embarked upon a review of what its then chairman called a “hodgepodge” of almost 40 statutes governing the care and support of older and disabled people in England, dating back as far as 1948, the Care Act is taking effect.