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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.

D&S column: the future of our High Streets

The future of Britain’s High Streets has never been far from the headlines this summer. 

Some famous retailers like Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser have announced store closures and this week another national brand – Homebase – set in train a further contraction.