Home Office accepts responsibility for death of Sarah Campbell

Home Office accepts responsibility for death of Sarah Campbell
The Home Office has finally accepted responsibility for the death of 18-year-old Sarah Campbell at Styal prison in January 2003, vindicating a campaign for such an admission by her mother Pauline.
Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 3

Nursery owner is cleared of ‘naughty seat’ assault
A nursery owner was cleared of assaulting a toddler yesterday after the girl’s mother said the prosecution should not have been brought.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 5

Legal aid reforms ‘would cause collapse of the system by 2010′
Lawyers have warned the government that its plans to shake up the legal aid system will put 800 law firms out of business and threaten the whole scheme.An independent report commissioned by the Law Society of England and Wales says that the scheme will virtually collapse in three years’ time, leaving the most vulnerable in society without legal help. Source:- The Times, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 16

Elderly ‘will lose vital lifeline’ if rural post offices close
Thousands of pensioners face being cut off from their community if their local post office closes, according to Age Concern.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 23

How age discrimination regulations will affect workforce
Experts examine how the age discrimination regulations, due to come into force next week, will affect the workforce.
Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 6

Service user’s view on mental health
While campaigns to combat the stigma of mental illness are to be applauded, mental health problems are not a source of identity or pride, according to Clare Allan, a novelist who has suffered from mental illness herself.
Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 1

Interview with Children’s Society
Children’s Society chief executive Bob Bob Reitemeier explains the significance of the charity’s Good Childhood inquiry, launched this month.
Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 5

Is whole swathes of the public sector going to charities or not?

Third sector minister Ed Miliband has said that the third sector should not take over the delivery of public services for the sake of it; rather they should contribute where they can make a difference.
Does this mark a shift in Labour’s thinking away from the drive to outsource whole swathes of the public sector to charities?
Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 7

Youth crime in east London
A project in Newham has helped to cut youth crime by bringing together young offenders and young people who have been victims of crime.
Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 7

ASBO man is run out of town
A prolific offender has been separated from his family by a ten-year court order yesterday after the girl’s mother said the prosecution should not have been brought.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 10

Train suicide mother felt failure as a Sikh
A young mother jumped in front of a 100mph Heathrow Express train while clutching her children because she felt that she had failed in her duties as a Sikh woman, an inquest was told yesterday.
West London Coroner’s Court was told how Navjeet Sidhu, 27, from Southall, West London, had been driven to suicide by the high expectations that her extended Sikh family had of her.
She suffered from depression, which began when she gave birth to a daughter rather than a son.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 10

Teenagers beat ban by dialling a drink
Children as young as 12 are being led astray by opportunities to “dial-a-drink”, a government adviser has said.
Sheila Shribman, the national clinical director for children, young people and maternity services, said that alcohol could be ordered over the phone with takeaway meals and delivered by unscrupulous vendors who did not check the buyer’s age.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 27 September 2006, page 28

Scottish news

Number of people claiming to be homeless has risen by 4%
The number of people seeking help from local authorities under homelessness legislation increased by 4% last year, according to data published by the Scottish executive.
Most of the 59,970 applications came from single-person households, mainly men, but a quarter, the next biggest group, were from single parents, mostly women.
The number assessed as homeless in 2005-06 has remained stable at just over 40,000, and the number assessed as homeless and in priority need is around 30,000.
Source:- The Herald, Wednesday 27 September 2006
 
Ministers ‘short-change vulnerable children by £160m’
The Scottish executive is under-funding social work services for vulnerable children by more than £160 million this year, an expert claims. Professor Arthur Midwinter, the budget adviser to Holyrood’s finance committee, told MSPs that the executive gave councils £255 million to provide services such as fostering, residential and day care and secure accommodation.
But figures for this financial year show that local authorities are spending £415 million, Prof Midwinter said.
Source:- The Scotsman, Wednesday 27 September 2006

Warning over Scots human rights gap
Elderly, disabled and other vulnerable people in Scotland will be more open to abuse than their counterparts in England, under ministerial plans which would create “two-tier” human rights protection in the UK, MSPs have been warned. Equality campaigners say proposals for a Scottish Commission for Human Rights will offer less protection to Scottish people than to people south of the border.
The justice 1 committee will discuss possible changes to the Scottish commissioner for human rights bill.
Source:- The Scotsman, Wednesday 27 September 2006

Welsh news

Kettle mum’s trial halted so evidence can be investigated
The trial of a Cardiff mother who has been accused of deliberately pouring boiling water over her five-year-old child has been halted due to new evidence coming to light. The mother told Cardiff crown court that the incident in 1995 had been a complete accident but her son, now a teenager, said that she had poured the water onto him on purpose.
Source-: South Wales Echo, Wednesday 27 September 2006

Watchdog to look at day-centre closure bid
A health watchdog is looking at the consultation process followed by Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust in the proposed closure of a city day centre. The Health Inspectorate for Wales said it would look into allegations that the trust did not consult properly over its plans to shut down the Tegfan day centre, Whitchurch, Cardiff, in a review of the trust and the local health board. Its actions come after a request by South Wales central AM Jonathan Morgan.
Source:- South Wales Echo, Wednesday, 27 September 2006

 


 

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