News round up: LGA report reveals £1bn councils shortfall

Local Government Association report reveals £1bn councils shortfall

Councils face having to cut jobs and services over the next few months to meet a £1billion deficit caused by inflation and soaring food and fuel prices.

A report from the Local Government Association today will show that higher than expected inflation alone will lead to a £500million shortfall in each of the next three years.

Read more on this story in The Times

One in five teachers would back return of the cane

More than one in five teachers would like the cane reinstated to punish pupils in cases of “extreme” bad behaviour, a survey has revealed.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Fuel poverty: 1m more households slip into category

Over 1m more households have officially slipped into fuel poverty, the latest figures reveal.

Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph

Number of drug-addicted teens increases by a third in two years, figures show

The number of 16 and 17-year-olds being treated for drug addiction has soared by 30 per cent in two years.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

MS sufferer asks court to clarify the law on assisted suicide

The Crown Prosecution Service is failing the terminally ill by refusing to be clear about whether their relatives will face criminal charges for helping them to die, the high court heard yesterday.

Debbie Purdy, who was diagnosed in 1995 with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, says that when her condition becomes unbearable, she would like her husband, Omar Puente, to accompany her to Switzerland where she can die in comfort.

Read more on this story in The Guardian


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