Charities at risk as donations from public lag behind state funding
State funding for charities has outstripped donations from the general public, putting the independence of the voluntary sector at risk, according to a report from the Centre for Policy Studies
Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 10 August 2006, page 8
Guilty, after two inquiries, three trials and a series of forensic blunders
The parents of Damilola Taylor finally witnessed justice for their son yesterday when two teenage gang members were convicted of his killing six years ago after a £16 million investigation blighted by mistakes and setbacks.
Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 10 August 2006, page 2
Paedophile ring ‘run from body-dig house’
A paedophile ring was run from a house in Croydon, south London, where, it is feared, two children may be buried in the garden.
Paul Dedman, who lived at the house, said his father, step-father and another man operated the ring from the property, having previously reported his fears that children may be buried there.
Source:- The Times, Thursday 10 August 2006, page 27
Teenage criminals released early
Teenage criminals are to be released early from young offender institutions or transferred to secure children’s homes because there is a shortage of cells.
Source:- Daily Mail, Thursday 10 August 2006, page 1
Ministers divided over immigration
Senior ministers are in dispute over whether to open Britain’s borders to immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria.
Source:- Daily Mail, Thursday 10 August 2006, page 8
Councils fail to fill up to 47% of social work posts
Almost one in 10 social work vacancies in Scotland has been unfilled for more than a year, according to the latest figures.
In the quarter ending this July, 8.9% of the 438 empty posts around the country had failed to find a suitable candidate for more than 12 months. In some council areas, almost half of all vacancies had been unfilled for a year.
Nationally, 8.4% of all social work posts were vacant last quarter, compared to 9% in the previous three months, and 9.9% in the same quarter of 2005.
Source:- The Herald, Thursday 10 August 2006
Scots under-age drinking figures only tip of iceberg, says expert
The number of children charged with under-age drinking has trebled in the last five years, according to the latest figures.
In 2000-1, 18 under-16s went before the courts, rising to 54 in 2004-5. Over the same period, the number of 17-year-olds charged for the offence rose from 67 to 145.
Experts said the figures were just the “tip of the iceberg” as most under-age drinkers are not charged.
Source:- The Scotsman, Thursday 10 August 2006
No social care news today.