News round up: Skilled care workers and sheep-shearers welcome

Welcome to Britain – so long as you’re a skilled care worker

Doctors, secondary school teachers and social workers from outside Europe will no longer be recruited to work in Britain under the points-based immigration system which is to come into force in November.

The three are the largest occupations represented among 300,000 skilled jobs currently open to non-European Union migrants which will be excluded under the new system.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Gordon Brown to unveil fuel poverty package to help families with energy bills

Gordon Brown is set to announce a long-awaited £1bn package to help families pay their soaring gas and electricity bills.

Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

Immigrants’ centre set up to keep children out of detention to shut

The Home Office is abandoning a programme to accommodate children and their families outside immigration detention centres, it emerged last night.

Millbank, a former old people’s home in Ashford, Kent, was converted into a home for asylum-seeker families as part of an “alternative to detention” government pilot last year.

Read more on this story in the Guardian

Police memo reveals true scale of knife crime

Violent attacks and knife crime happen far more often than official figures show, police chiefs have admitted.

An internal memo seen by the Mirror says there has been significant under-recording of gun crime, knife crime and GBH – serious assault.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mirror

Call for happiness lessons as teenage depression increases

The number of teenagers showing signs of depression has risen dramatically over the last 50 years, a mental health expert has revealed.

Read more on this story in The Guardian


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