News Danny Cousins, 21, and his 66-year-old father, Mick, are sharing a one-bed flat in Luton while Danny saves for a house

Official figures show Britain now has more than 3m ‘boomerangers’, and it’s getting worse

Tory MP Nicholas Soames has urged the Department of Culture to step in

Diary: A department that hasn't lost its marbles

When lovers of antiquity are locked in conflict with an order of nuns over whether a beauty spot should lose its marbles, you can understand why government ministers might not want to get involved. The argument is over part of the unique collection of Roman marble statues and busts assembled by the 18th century art collector Henry Blundell, most of which are safely housed in the National Museum Liverpool, but about 100 of which are in niches in the grounds of Ince Blundell Hall on Merseyside.

Holness is best known as the host of the ITV1 quiz Blockbusters

Quiz host Bob Holness dies

Bob Holness, best known as the genial host of hit quiz Blockbusters, died today aged 83.

Costly cuppa: With fees for care homes averaging £3,000 a month, old age can be expensive

Bank's £10.5m fine highlights the need to prepare in advance for long-term care

Don't assume that the NHS will pay for your care at point of need, as most of it will have to be funded by you

Arson investigation launched after four die in Sydney blaze

Police in Australia have launched an arson probe after four elderly people were killed and another 14 critically injured when two fires tore through a nursing home in Sydney.

Christina Patterson: The truth about immigration that will never go away

On Monday, in a local shop, I cried. I cried because I was saying goodbye to a sweet, kind man whose smile has brightened almost every morning of my life for two years.

David Prosser: The chief executive who set an example

Outlook It is easy enough to throw mud at fat-cat executives who desert a sinking ship with generouspay-offs – and goodness knows there have been enough of them over the past couple of years – so we should be gracious on the odd occasion when someone does the right thing. Step forward Jamie Buchan, chief executive of Southern Cross.

Father 'abused captive daughters'

An 80-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of locking up his two mentally disabled daughters in a small room in an Austrian village for 41 years and beating and sexually abusing them.

The Peony Pavilion, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh<br/>Rock the Ballet, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

The National Ballet of China's sensual distillation of an epic both mystifies and entrances its Western audience

Flash floods force evacuations in Yorkshire

Homes and businesses had to be evacuated when flash floods hit parts of Yorkshire.

More elderly care homes set to close after spending freeze

Ministers pledged that no one would be made homeless but were unable to guarantee that no homes would close

Threatened Southern Cross homes to stay open

A group of care homes earmarked for possible closure by stricken Southern Cross Healthcare have been saved after the landlord said it would take them over and keep them open.

One person killed after Christchurch aftershock

Power was mostly restored to New Zealand's quake-rattled city of Christchurch today, following strong aftershocks that brought down new buildings and caused the death of one nursing home resident.

In the Company of Angels, By Thomas E Kennedy

Love's a sanctuary for tortured souls

Leading article: The elderly and vulnerable must be protected at all costs

Care homes are not ordinary businesses that can safely be allowed to go bust

TV star Janet 'Mrs Thatcher' Brown dies at age of 87

The actress Janet Brown, who became a television star for her impersonation of Baroness Thatcher in the 1980s, has died aged 87.

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