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D&S column: helping to end loneliness

IT is the simplest of pleasures that most of us take for granted – a cup of tea or a pint of beer, a snack perhaps and a good old natter.

Catching up with local gossip, putting the world to rights – most of us do it and love it. It’s part of living a good life.

D&S column: Budget boost for local councils and the High Street

One of my jobs as Minister for Local Government is to make sure our councils have sufficient resources to pay for the care services vulnerable people in our community require, namely the elderly, people with disabilities and children in need.

D&S column: a magical world for very special people

From the outside, the small, boxy unit on a Northallerton industrial estate looks nothing special.

Apart from some discreet signage, there’s little to suggest what lies beyond the doorway.

Helping older people live well in later life

‘We’re all getting older’ is one of those statements-of-the-blindingly-obvious we tend to use in a whimsical moment.

But, it is even truer than we might think. Because the UK population as a whole is ageing.