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This week it's pensioners who have been mis-sold. But we're all victims of bad advice.

Victory for lawyer who protected the elderly

Yvonne Hossack has dedicated her life to helping the elderly and disabled. She saved 80 care homes from closure. Yesterday, after a witch hunt by council leaders, she was allowed to continue with her crusade.

Older people 'forced to cut down energy usage'

Older people are being forced to cut down on their energy usage as they face soaring fuel bills, a report warned today.

Care home undercover reporter arrested

A BBC journalist who went undercover as a carer to expose flaws in the system in the care of elderly in their own homes has been arrested, it was revealed today.

Simon Read: It's time to end this national scandal of pensioners living in poverty

It's shameful that some two million British pensioners are currently living in poverty. According to figures from the European Commission's statistical agency Eurostat published this week, around one in three older people in the UK are facing life on the breadline. It puts our pensioners on a par with those living in countries such as Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, and a long way behind those living in the Czech Republic, where just one in 20 pensioner lives in poverty.

Parliamentary inquiries pile further pressure on Phillips

Conservatives threaten to overhaul equalities watchdog if they win next election

At last, some good news from the FSA that will help savers

If your bank goes bust, deposits will be ring-fenced

Questions Of Cash: 'No one took the blame for a faulty cash machine'

Q. In January, I went to an Abbey cash dispenser to withdraw £400. The transaction was processed, but the cash not supplied. I went into the bank branch, which told me the cash dispenser was managed by Securicor. The branch said I should contact my own bank, Banca Intesa Sanpaolo in Rome, for them to get a refund. I emailed my bank branch, which told me this was not their responsibility. In February, I contacted Abbey again, which this time said my bank should investigate the matter as one of potential fraud. It added that Abbey had no responsibility. CM, Rome.

Michelle Mitchell: It's time for action – we must make care better

The care system is broken and it is right to have a public debate about how it can be fixed. The Green Paper signals a welcome willingness to confront some of the hard questions. All political parties and the public must now look beyond the short-term squeeze on our national finances to agree a fairer way to pay for care. High-quality care must be available to all who need it regardless of where they live and whether they are rich or poor.

Retirement age review brought forward

A review of the so-called default retirement age, which allows employers to require staff to retire at 65, is to be brought forward by a year, the Government announced today.

Poverty-hit pensioners miss out on cash lifeline

Half a million poverty-hit pensioners could be put back on a firm financial footing simply by taking up the state benefits they are eligible for, a leading charity has claimed. Age Concern and Help the Aged says older people are turning down £5.4bn-worth of extra cash that is rightfully theirs. The money is made up of means-tested benefits and allowances that pensioners fail to claim.

Woman may have lain dead for five years

The body of a pensioner may have lain undiscovered for five years in a city centre flat, it was revealed today.

BBC 'faces cash cuts to fund Digital Britain'

The Government's Digital Britain report, outlining wide-ranging plans for the future of the internet and communications industries, will be published today.

Labour's record on poverty in tatters

Ministers abandon targets for children as new figures reveal rising number on breadline

Child poverty: Government accused of abandoning society's poorest

Labour's much-vaunted ambition to eradicate child poverty within a decade appears to be fading.

'Shocking ageism' in stroke treatment

Elderly stroke patients do not receive the same level of care as their younger counterparts, a report claims.

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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

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Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
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Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

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