Carers hit in pocket
People who care for disabled or chronically ill relatives or friends are penalised financially, a report has found. Almost three quarters are worse off as a result of caring; some are forced to sell their homes. The charity Carers UK said that findings proved that the benefits system was working against carers.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 4
Drink-drive death toll of young on rise
The number of young motorists involved in accidents while under the influence of alcohol is increasing despite high profile anti-drink-drive publicity campaigns, police warned yesterday.
Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 7
Practice: Home care delivered by social enterprise
When one council could no longer deliver on its home care promises, it turned to social enterprises to do the job – with tidy results
Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 7
Baby death charge
A 31-year-old man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a four-week-old boy. Duncan Mills, from Ipswich, is also accused of assault causing grievous bodily harm. Mr Mills is due to appear at Ipswich magistrates’ court. A 22-year-old woman who was arrested in connection with the baby’s death on Saturday has been released without charge.
Police were called by paramedics to an address in Ipswich on Saturday morning. The baby was taken to Ipswich hospital but died later. A woman was also treated for injuries that were described by police officers as non life-threatening.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 2
Young offenders given chance to mend ways
Young thugs are to be given the chance to defer paying on-the-spot fines for disorder and shoplifting if they agree a voluntary contract with police to improve their behaviour.
Source:- The Times, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 31
Dear baby diary, is this a nanny state?
The government has provided £9m to 41 councils in disadvantaged areas to try out new ways of involving parents in their children’s education. Initiatives will include paying for childcare workers to receive extra training in working with disadvantaged families and setting up parental involvement networks and outreach programmes.
Source:- Daily Mail, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 11
Pressure on Falconer as prison population hits all-time high
The number of prisoners in England and Wales hit an all-time high of 80,846 yesterday, raising fears that the court service could run out of cell space this week if too few remand prisoners succeed in getting bail. The record numbers saw 450 prisoners housed in police and court cells made available for overspill.
Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 6
Parents start paedophile patrols near schools and playgrounds
A group of parents have started patrolling their local area, in Boscombe, Bournemouth, on the look out for potential child sex offenders. The group of 25 volunteers was inspired walk around in bright yellow overalls, holding signs saying that paedophiles are “not welcome”, in a bid to deter them from approaching children.
Source:- Daily Mail, Wednesday 30 May 2007, page 18
No social care news today.