Kate Middleton and Prince William"s Sandringham home to have privacy protecting trees and rooms for police

Trees protecting their privacy and new rooms for police: Plans unveiled for Kate and William's future Sandringham homeWill have a pergola and shrubbery to shield their homeNorfolk mansion will have extensive changesSprawling property will be used by royal couple and their growing family By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 11:12 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 2 April 2013 As Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for the birth of their first child, the royal couple have made a host of changes to the Norfolk mansion that is expected to be their new home. Royal officials submitted a secret planning application for substantial changes at the Grade II listed Anmer Hall, which the Queen is reportedly planning to gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council have approved plans to transform the home on Her Majesty's private Sandringham Estate

Daycare cuts hit 20,000 pensioners: Warning that elderly could be left isolated and lonely as councils reduce spending on social care

Daycare cuts hit 20,000 pensioners: Warning that elderly could be left isolated and lonely as councils reduce spending on social care Councils reduced spending on social care by 500million since 2010Number of elderly receiving daycare reduced by almost a quarter since 2009 Age UK says 'crisis' in social care is making people lead 'isolated existence' | UPDATED: 00:01 GMT, 28 December 2012 Tens of thousands of frail older people risk being left lonely and isolated as a result of cuts to daycare facilities, a charity has discovered. Recently-released official figures show that the number of older people receiving such care from their council has plummetted by almost a quarter in the past two years alone

China attacks Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei

China attacks Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai WeiweiDedicated Beijing concert to controversial artist this weekend Elton John posed with Ai Weiwei for a Twitter photo before his show | UPDATED: 20:32 GMT, 28 November 2012 China has attacked Sir Elton John for his support of dissident artist Ai Weiwei. A state-owned newspaper accused the veteran British singer of being ‘disrespectful’ and said his actions could lead to a ban on other Western performers putting on shows in China