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State funded elderly care declining, Labour figures suggest

State funded elderly care declining, Labour figures suggest.

The number of elderly people in England getting council-funded care has fallen by 11% in the last two years, figures obtained by Labour suggest.

Freedom of Information responses from 121 councils showed they provided free care to 59,056 over 65s in 2011-12, down from 66,342 in 2009-10.

The drop comes despite the rise in over-65s due to the ageing population.

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Nick Tiggle | BBC | 16th May 2012

Ministers face grilling over plans to downgrade law which helped reveal MPs expenses scandal

Ministers face a grilling from MPs today over claims they are planning to downgrade Freedom of Information laws.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, Attorney General Dominic Grieve and justice minister Lord McNally are due to appear before the Justice Select Committee.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham lashed out yesterday over the Government’s decision to veto publication of a report into the risks of NHS reforms, despite a tribunal ruling that it should be released.

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London Evening Standard | 16th May 2012

B&B action group in Treasury ‘subterfuge’ claim

Cabinet Office and Treasury refuse to supply documents under Freedom of Information Act.

Shareholders in Bradford & Bingley have been denied documents from several UK government departments on multiple occasions under the Freedom of Information Act, David Blundell has said.

Mr Blundell, chairman of the Bradford & Bingley Action Group which is spearheading fair compensation for roughly 1m shareholders affected by the demise of the UK bank and building society, said officials at the Treasury and the Cabinet Office have declined to provide documents requested because of the costs or that the information was not available.

He said: “Relevant government departments and regulatory bodies have ignored prime minister David Cameron over granting documents under the Act.”

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Roger Aitken | Financial Adviser | 16th May 2012

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