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Government defends regulation of care workers after a BBC investigation

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 15 October 2012

In future, changes to social care will see more and more of us looked after in our own homes for longer. But how much can we trust those who are meant to be caring for us? The BBC's Inside Out programme has been looking at how closely carers are monitored for a special programme tonight (06:07, 07:07 and 08:07).

Despite much coverage on the effects of binge drinking amongst younger age groups and their burden on the NHS, it is actually the baby boom generation who are the greatest burden on the health system in Kent. According to a map of alcohol related health costs - drawn up by Alcohol Concern - the inpatient cost in the county of the 55-74 age group is around thirteen-times greater than the 16-24 age group (06:25 and 07:22).

It's 25-years ago tonight since the Great Storm - and there were certain images which went around the world. The devastation of the plateau on Toys Hill where around ninety percent of its trees fell in 110 mile an hour winds was one of them. But since that night of hurricane force winds, the policy on tree replacement has changed forever with the National Trust now saying that the woodlands were not destroyed just changed.

We speak to Crispin Scott who is Wildlife and countryside advisor for the National Trust about the storms legacy on Kent's woods (08:39).

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