Councils face a mounting crisis with thousands of disabled people unable to meet their bills for social and personal care.
According to figures obtained by The Herald, more than 14,000 people facing bills for personal and social care are in arrears.
Campaigners say the levels struggling to pay now rival those when the organised campaign of Poll Tax non-payment was at its height.
The problem for councils is how they can begin to claw back money from some of the most vulnerable people in society.
POLICE warned 439 people in Scotland that they were at risk of murder over the last two years.
Figures obtained under freedom of information laws revealed the number of Threat to Life Warning Notices – known as Osman letters.
The warnings are issued to potential targets when police officers discover that someone wants to harm them but do not have enough evidence to make an arrest.
A TOTAL of 32 accidents have been logged at Alton Towers in the last three years.
A woman was taken to hospital for checks after hearing her “neck crack” while riding the 60mph Rita ride in May 2013.
Other incidents saw a 13-year-old taken to hospital after hitting her head in the ‘scare maze’ when she was surprised by a performer.
She was “pushed into a wall by friends” after the shock, which resulted in her being taken to hospital with a cut in April 2013.
The Health and Safety Executive released details of 32 incidents logged over the three years, covering accidents and “dangerous occurrences”.
MORE than 55,000 animals have been used in experiments at universities in Glasgow in a year, according to new figures.
The details were revealed in a Freedom of Information request this month which showed the vast proportion were used at Glasgow University in medical testing and research.
The university stressed the animals – including 50,488 rodents, 3,272 fish and 763 birds – were used only when there was no other alternative.
Children in care moved miles away from their communities < Manchester Evening News (via Children’s Society)
Hundreds of children in care in Greater Manchester are being moved to new homes up to 30 miles away from their local communities.
In a report, the Children’s Society, says young people have been left isolated, with some forced to switch schools after being uprooted from family and friends.
More than a fifth of those moved were only told the day before, according to the charity.
Some are moved for their own safety, as they are at risk of abuse or neglect, but in other cases their local councils are unable to find places closer to home.