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West Norfolk councillor demands government help for ‘retirement’ county

Alexandra Kemp

A West Norfolk councillor has called for greater government support to meet the costs of providing care for the county’s elderly population.

Norfolk County Council is due to set its budget for the forthcoming financial year on Monday, including plans for a near five per cent rise in council tax.
But, although most of that would go towards adult social care if implemented, critics say even greater funding is needed. And Clenchwarton and Lynn South representative Alexandra Kemp has written to the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, to demand extra support.

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Mental Health Watch: What’s changed a year since our campaign launched?

 Are people with mental health problems in the region getting better treatment than they were this time last year?

That was our hope more than 12 months ago when this newspaper launched a campaign to improve the under-performing mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A crucial aim was to end the stigma of people suffering from mental health problems and raise awareness of the issues.

Our Mental Health Watch campaign has highlighted the struggles of the region’s mental health service, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), as well as its progress and successfully campaigned to save a mental health helpline from closure.

But how have things progressed in the past year?

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More than 12 million UK adults lack basic digital knowhow, MPs say

An estimated 5.8 million British adults have never used the internet at all.

Britain is facing a “digital skills crisis” with more than 12 million adults lacking basic digital knowhow, MPs have said.

The Commons science and technology committee said systemic problems with digital education and training were costing the economy an estimated £63bn a year in lost income. Only urgent action from government, industry, schools and universities could prevent the skills shortage damaging future productivity and competitiveness, it said.

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