Disabled people struggling to hire carers after Brexit

Disabled people are struggling to hire carers to help with vital daily tasks due to low pay and Brexit, the Observer has been told, with ministers refusing to ease immigration restrictions to address the...

Private children’s home providers charging councils too much, report says

Private providers of children’s homes and foster care are making “significant and persistent” profits by charging cash-strapped local authorities elevated prices for increasingly scarce placements, the...

Third of low-income households unable to pay bills, finds research

Nearly 4 million low-income households are behind on rent, bills or debt payments, up threefold since the pandemic hit, according to a study revealing the growing cost of the living crisis facing the UK’s...

‘Complex and confusing’ early years system is failing families, researchers warn

Researchers are warning that a “piecemeal” approach to expanding childcare provision by politicians over the last 25 years has resulted in a disorganised early years system that is failing to meet the needs of...

Youth homelessness has risen 40% in five years, says UK charity

Youth homeless in the UK has increased by an estimated two-fifths in five years, rising to more than 120,000, a leading charity director has warned, as fresh analysis suggests that black households are likely...

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