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The Healthcare Commission is to launch an investigation into the care of people with learning disabilities at an NHS trust in the West Country. The commission said its early findings into care provided at Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust had revealed 'significant failings'. The concerns relate to Budock Hospital near Falmouth, a treatment centre for 14 inpatients, and also at 45 houses around the county, which are occupied by groups of people with learning difficulties. The Commission for Social Care Inspection is also participating in the investigation.

Cleaners at the Houses of Parliament plan to strike on November 9 in the pay dispute between their employers and the T&G union. The 140 cleaners are paid £5.20 an hour- 15p above the minimum wage -and receive no sick pay or pension. They are demanding a rate of £6.70 and a company pension and sick pay. The cleaners are employed by a private firm, but the T&G argues that their conditions cannot be improved unless the parliamentary authorities pay the contractor a higher rate. The cleaners last went on strike in July, the first such action by Parliament's cleaning staff.

The Veterans' Challenge Rind, a £2m programme celebrating the bravery of First and second World War veterans and providing support to ex-service personnel, is to be extended. The fund, launched in April 2003, was initially set to run for three years but has been so successful it is to continue with additional funds of £750,000 a year. Announcing the extension, veterans' minister Doug Touhig said it was fitting that the decision was announced in conjunction with the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the second World War. …

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