Eastbourne care home put under investigation for allowing disabled residents to use prostitutes and strippers 'so they can fulfill their primeval needs' Staff at home in Eastbourne, Sussex would call prostitutes for residentsLeft sex workers alone with disabled people and put red sock on the door so they weren't disturbedManagers defend policy as it 'protects residents' human rights' By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 14:16 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:02 GMT, 28 January 2013 A care home has admitted to calling prostitutes for disabled residents who are otherwise unable to have sex. The home is now under investigation by the local council over concerns the bizarre set-up could place vulnerable residents at risk of being exploited.
Private sector pensions shut down at record rate: Millions face working into their 70s for paltry payoutsOnly 13 per cent of new recruits at companies will get a 'final salary' pensionThe figure is dramatically down from the 43 per cent of new recruits in 2005National Association of Pensions Funds highlights a pension apartheid By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 02:24 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:24 GMT, 28 January 2013 Gold-plated pensions in the private sector are being shut down 'at the fastest rate on record', a report by the National Association of Pensions Funds warns today.
Homeowners stung as mortgages rates hit four-year high despite Bank of England base rate remaining at historic low By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 19 January 2013 Mortgage worries: Homeowners are having to face rising costs Homeowners are being stung by the highest variable mortgage rates for nearly four years despite the Bank of England keeping the base rate at an historic low. Official figures show the average standard variable rate mortgage deal, known as the SVR, from a bank or building society charges an interest rate of 4.35 per cent.
Pension from a 100,000 pot 'halved since 1995': Annuities fall to less than 5,000 a year after rates hit record lowReport highlights nightmare facing generation of older workersFall is due to lower interest rates on corporate bonds and gilts and rising life expectancy An annuity is income paid on monthly basis when pension pot is cashed in By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 22:41 GMT, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:02 GMT, 10 January 2013 The monthly income from a pension pot of 100,000 has halved in the past 18 years, a study has warned The income from a 100,000 pension pot has more than halved in the past 18 years, a damning study reveals today. In January 1995, a 65-year-old worker could have bought himself an annuity – an income for life – of 11,380 a year. Today a man of the same age, who has worked throughout his life to save the same amount, would get an annuity of just 4,920 from an insurance company – a fall of 57 per cent
Travel misery as over-running engineering work and signal failures hit first day back at work after Christmas breakOne train was so full passengers were ordered off before it could continueHeathrow Express was not running earlier because of over-running worksPower problems also hold up services between Reading and LondonTrain derailment in the Midlands meant services were replaced by busesWorks also lead to platform problems at Birmingham New Street StationA broken-down train brought hold-ups for passengers in ScotlandRailways in Wales suffer delays because of signalling faults | UPDATED: 17:53 GMT, 27 December 2012 Over-running engineering work, signal failures and packed trains have been heaping misery on rail passengers today as they returned to work after the Christmas break. A train at Crewe, Cheshire, was so full some passengers were ordered off before it could continue.
Couple celebrate 70 years of marriage after she fainted into the arms of a stranger as the first bombs of World War II began to fall | UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 18 December 2012 Bessie Cameron literally 'fell' for her husband of seventy years – she fainted into his arms when the first bombs fell in 1940 – and they are now celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. She says the spark between them hasn't changed from that moment outside the Coliseum cinema in Barrow, Cumbria. She and John Roland 'Roly' Fry wed two years later.
Is this the worst mugshot ever Man wearing spit diaper looks deranged in police photo | UPDATED: 22:54 GMT, 4 December 2012 Judging by his mugshot, this Arizona criminal must have been quite a handful for the officers who arrested him on trespassing and criminal damage charges. The 33-year-old man, who was taken in by police on Monday, was forced to strap on a green spit guard to prevent him from causing a mess in the police station. Though purely protective, the mouth diaper does make for a mugshot that is downright hilarious.
'This is as bad as a world war': Bank of England boss's grim view of financial crisis which has left a debt 'that will be paid by our grandchildren'Andrew Haldane: People 'had every reason' to feel 'deeply upset and angry'George Osborne to admit bringing public finances back to order will take longer than expectedHe has to find more than 23bn through further cuts and tax rises by 2017 Institute of Fiscal Studies said era of austerity could last until 2018 By Becky Barrow and James Chapman PUBLISHED: 19:13 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 4 December 2012 The financial crisis has been as devastating for family incomes as a world war, a senior Bank of England official warned yesterday.