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Council respond to disabled woman's concerns over care

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Many of our clients’ care packages can, and do fluctuate over time. This is often a consequence of changing care needs. I am very sorry to hear of Ms Watt’s concerns about her current needs, and would encourage her to contact our Adult Services, to discuss how we can help.”

Disabled woman "sleeps in wheelchair because of cuts to care"

A new report claims there IS chronic underfunding in social care - with a dramatic fall in the number of people receiving help and support.

The findings from charity Scope says more than half of disabled people needing social care can't get the help they need to live independently.

Among the people with disabilities who say they are lacking proper help is a woman from Hampshire who sometimes stays dressed - and regularly sleeps in her wheelchair because she no longer qualifies for carers to help put her to bed.

Rachel Watt from Totton has also lost help with cooking meals. She says on bad days when she is in pain from her immune conditions and spinal problems she just eats bread, biscuits or a piece of fruit.

The government says more than £3.2 billion of extra funding has been put into social care and people should have more control over their own support.

Social Affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.


Row over siting of new Thames Crossing continues

There's still no agreement where a new crossing over the Thames should be built. Most drivers agree - one is certainly needed - as they endure long delays between Dartford and Thurrock.

But faced with a range of options from East London to Gravesend and Tilbury - the arguments about where the bridge and its approach roads should go, have continued

As Nashreen Issa reports, the Government is due to make a decision early next year.

The interviewees are: Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council; and Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Thurrock.

Former Reading jail to be sold in government u-turn

Reading Prison is to be sold to make way for new housing

It's been empty for two years, but today, in a government u-turn, it's finally been confirmed that Reading Prison is to be sold.

The Grade two listed building - has stood in the centre of the town - for almost 170 years - housing thousands of prisoners - most famously - Oscar Wilde. But back in December 2013 it was shut - as part of the Governments plan - to modernise the prison system.

Now under new proposals, Victorian jails are to be sold to make way for new housing.

The interviewees featured in Mel Bloor's report are: Cllr Tony Page from Reading Borough Council; George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer; and Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East.

Protest turns sour with smoke bombs and stand-offs

There have been dramatic scenes in London tonight where students from across our region had joined a mass protest over the rising costs of going to university

Police were out in force to try and maintain order as thousands protested over grants and debt. Several arrests have been made for public order offences.

The protest was to highlight changes to higher education - but the issues have been overshadowed by the smoke bombs and standoffs - reminiscent of major student protests five years ago. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.


Sussex students - why we're joining mass rally

Thousands of students are gathering in London to protest over the cost of higher education. The demonstration is calling for free education for all. Students are pushing for the the government to halt plans to scrap maintenance grants. They're also opposed to allowing universities with the best teaching to charge fees above the current £9,000 maximum.

Among those joining the mass demonstration, students from the University of Sussex.

Police commissioner fights budget cut

The Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley is threatening the Government with legal action over proposed police funding cuts.

Anthony Stansfeld is among seven PCC's who have written to Policing minister Mike Penning urging him to delay a decision on force budgets later this month. The group claim changes to the way funding is allocated will result in frontline services being affected. £58 million pounds has already been cut from policing in the Thames Valley over the last five years. Our reporter Andrew Pate has more....

Will a degree guarantee you a good job?

A recent survey found nearly 60 per cent of graduates were ending up in non graduate jobs - many low skilled and low paid.

On graduation day there is no shortage of parental pride - but is there now a shortage of suitable degree level jobs to go round? Christine Alsford went to a winter graduation ceremony at the University of Winchester to find out.

Are there enough graduate level jobs to go round? Credit: ITV Meridian
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