Cash initiative aims to encourage more foster parents
The government is hoping to encourage more people to consider fostering vulnerable children by introducing a national minimum allowance for carers. The rates are higher than originally envisaged following consultation, but will still disappoint charities.
Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 16
Sisters returned to biological mother in lesbians’ court battle
Two sisters taken away from their biological mother and hand over to her former lesbian partner by court order must be given back, five law lords ruled yesterday.
Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 9
Police criticised by watchdog over child sex kidnap
Police should have prevented part of the terrifying ordeal suffered by a three-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by the padedophile Craig Sweeney, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said yesterday.
Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 6
Care home couple split up
Cheshire Council was accused yesterday of splitting a 90-year-old man from his wife of 70 years after preventing him from following her into the same care home.
Source:- Daily Mirror, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 31
Big drop in one-parent households without work
The proportion of workless lone-parent households has fallen by more than a quarter since 1992, official figures have shown.
However, they showed huge variations between ethnic groups, with around 27 per cent of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black African households without work, compared to an average of 15.8 per cent and 10.3 per cent of Indian families.
Source:- The Financial Times, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 2
Home Office chief ‘took cash to advise asylum fraudsters’
A senior Home Office official is under investigation for allegedly taking cash to support fraudulent asylum applications.
Joseph Dzumbira was accused of advising applicants on falsifying documents and lying to officials about their country of origin.
Source:- Daily Mail, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 12
Health unions criticise government
Officials from 12 health unions blasted the government yesterday over its health service reforms after a meeting with health secretary Patricia Hewitt.
Source: Daily Mirror, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 4
Mother loses fight to block city academy
A mother lost a judicial review to stop her children’s school being turned into an academy.
A judge rejected Hayley Powers’ challenge to the decision-making process behind turning St Mary Magdalene primary school, Islington, north London, into an academy.
Source:- The Financial Times, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 3
Oxford gives helping hand to students from poorer backgrounds
Oxford University yesterday drew fierce criticism from independent schools after announcing changes to its admission system designed to attract more pupils from poorer backgrounds.
Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 7
Corruption in murder squad may have shielded Stephen Lawrence’s killers
The man who led the reinvestigation of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has said he feared that corrupt officers may have helped shield the killers.
Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 27 July 2006, page 13
Cities to benefit from new scheme to get jobless back into work
Three Scottish cities will be given money and resources to provide their own solutions to long-term unemployment in a radical departure for the welfare state.
Glasgow and Edinburgh will be among the first 15 UK cities to spearhead a drive to get thousands of residents off incapacity benefit and into work. Dundee will follow early next year.
Source:- The Herald, Thursday 27 July 2006
Should laws be used to clear cities of beggars?
Beggars could be cleared out of Scotland’s city centres following moves by both Edinburgh and Aberdeen to introduce by-laws to ban them.
Earlier this year, an Aberdeen move to introduce a by-law, which was backed by the police, was halted by the Scottish executive. But yesterday Hugh Henry, the deputy justice minister, promised to reconsider at a meeting on antisocial behaviour in Aberdeen.
Source:- The Herald, Thursday 27 July 2006
Asylum seeker attacked
Detectives are hunting an attacker who left a Chinese asylum seeker for dead in a housing estate.
The 41-year-old victim was fighting for his life last night after he suffered severe head injuries following the unprovoked beating inthe Sighthill area of Glasgow.
Source:- The Scotsman, Thursday 27 July 2006
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