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

Last World War I veteran dies aged 110

The last know combat veteran of the First World War has died at the age of 110, his family said today.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: When my time comes, I want to be allowed help to die

If I love my family, I should set them free. Why should I consume so much of their short time on earth – have them share with me my most wretched days?

Anna Politkovskya: 'She paid the ultimate price for integrity'

In his final essay on women of courage, Gordon Brown calls for justice in the case of Russian journalist who was murdered in 2006 for her brave reporting on Chechnya

First World War veteran is the last man standing at 110

There was plenty of cake but no talk of war at Claude Choules's 110th birthday party in Perth yesterday. Despite 41 years in the armed forces, the last surviving combat veteran of the First World War is a pacifist, according to his family.

Leading article: The dangers of a circuitous approach

Last month The Independent drew attention to the inadequate conditions that exist in many care homes for the elderly. The Government will unveil a response today. Privately-run care homes will be told to submit to, and pay for, "excellence tests".

'Excellence ratings' for care homes

Government acts in the wake of neglect exposed by The Independent

Ronnie Biggs in hospital

Emergency services were called to the great train robber's nursing home in north London.

Chinese mark new year with a rash of divorces

The Chinese New Year marks the time of year when families are reunited, children honour their parents by cleaning their homes from top to bottom – and then consider divorce. An explosive mixture of family rivalries and demographic fault lines caused by China's one-child policy has sparked an increase in marriage break-ups, according to new figures.

Man jailed over false racial abuse claims

A sales rep was jailed for 12 months today for "playing the race card" by falsely claiming a traffic warden had racially abused him and attacked him to avoid paying for a parking ticket.

Damages awarded for woman scalded in bath

A disabled woman suffered appalling burns when careworkers lowering her into a scalding bath mistook her distress for an epileptic fit, the High Court heard today.

Care home residents denied legal aid – by typing error

Care home work of campaigning solicitor put at risk by licensing authority's ruling

Care provider: The troubles besetting largest nursing home firm

Not many people have heard of Southern Cross. Yet around 37,000 elderly and vulnerable people rely on Britain's largest nursing home company for every aspect of their care.

Dire state of care homes for the elderly is only going to get worse, says top inspector

Head of Care Quality Commission says spending cuts will severely harm an already ailing system

The plan to solve our care home crisis

When Johann Hari wrote a powerful account of the atrocious treatment his grandmother suffered during the last years of her life, a huge number of readers wrote in with similar stories of abuse, neglect and defeat. Here, he presents a 10-point strategy to protect the elderly

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The man with all the Yorkie bars?

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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