Child agency may write off £1.2bn debt

Child agency may write off £1.2bn debt
Ministers are preparing to write off £1.2bn in unpaid maintenance as part of a reform of the Child Support Agency due to be announced tomorow.
The write-off is expected to cover fathers given a punitive maintenance liability by the CSA for failing to give sufficient information to allow a proper assessment to be made.
Source:- The Guardian, Tuesday 12 December 2006, page 4

Prostitutes told to stay off streets after murders
Prostitutes were warned to stay off the streets of Ipswich last night as fears grew that a serial killer may have murdered five sex workers in East Anglia. Police made the warning after a third prostitute was found dead and two others went missing in the area.
Source:- The Independent, Tuesday 12 December 2006, page 2

Asylum-seeker feted by Blairs in final plea to avoid deportation
A campaigner for female asylum seekers will attend a reception at 10 Downing Street today just 48 hours before she makes a last plea to avoid the deportation of her and her two daughters to Pakistan.
Farhat Khan left the country to escape a violent husband, who had arranged marriages for her daughters, then aged five and seven, but was denied asylum on the grounds her husband no longer lived in Pakistan, despite visiting regularly.
Khan later helped found an organisation supporting failed female asylum seekers.
Source:- The Independent, Tuesday 12 December 2006, page 6

Torment of 11m families caught in debts trap
The number of families trapped in debt is 10 times worse than official statistics suggest, a Conservative study on social policy said yesterday.
Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 12 December 2006, page 12

NHS chiefs to address issue of mixed-sex wards
Strategic health authority chiefs are to meet health secretary Patricia Hewitt to report back on how they are complying with directions to eliminate mixed-sex wards, following complaints from women forced to share with men.
Source:- The Independent, Tuesday 12 December 2006, page 12

Parents descend on sex offender’s home
A mob of parents descended on a paedophile who killed a child after they found out he was living nearby.
The incident happened at Robert Oliver’s house on a council estate in Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton, Somerset.
Oliver was jailed for 15 years in 1989 for the manslaughter of Jason Swift, 14, who was tortured and gang raped during a male orgy.
Source:- Daily Mirror, Tuesday, 12 December 2006, page 11

Scottish news
New bill aims to boost adoption
Wendy Alexander, MSP for Braehead and adoption campaigner, talks about how important the recent Adoption Bill and fostering strategies will be in improving the life chances of looked after children.
Source:- The Record, Tuesday 12 December 2006

Heroin-rich prison is supermarket for junkies, court hears
So much heroin is getting into a Scottish jail that visitors use it like a “drugs supermarket” and turn up to buy their fix, a court has been told.
Expert witness William Percy said drug users living around Castle Huntly prison, near Dundee, often buy heroin from dealers within the jail.
Clive Fairweather, the former chief inspector of Scotland’s prisons, last night blamed the prison service for becoming “soft on drugs” – something they were warned about four years ago.
Source:- The Scotsman, Tuesday 12 December 2006

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