Mother and boyfriend accused of murdering toddler
A two year-old girl was murdered by her mother and her mother’s partner after suffering over 100 injuries in the month leading to her death, a jury heard.
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Councils to announce thousands of job losses
Tens of thousands of public sector jobs will be lost across Britain this year as councils struggle to cope with the impact of the recession.
Forty councils approached by The Times yesterday were planning a total of 7,000 redundancies, and unions fear that few of the 442 local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales will escape the cutbacks. Although most of the job losses will be among backroom staff, there is concern that services will be affected.
Middle-classes to get extra care home aid
Middle-class families will be given help to find suitable care homes for their loved ones and more power to challenge poor standards in a shake-up of long-term care for the elderly.
Phil Hope, the minister drafting a forthcoming Green Paper, told The Times that he wants to do away with the split between elderly people who qualify for help from local authorities to find and finance care and better off “self-funders”, who pay for care themselves but have no help finding it and cannot challenge the home when things go wrong.
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Jealousy no defence for killer husbands but abused wives may escape murder charge
Husbands who kill cheating wives in a so-called crime of passion will no longer be able to claim they were provoked, ministers will say today.
Stripping husbands of the right to claim that infidelity was the spur for their actions means they will face a charge of murder, rather than manslaughter.
Child protection must have skilled chiefs, says Ray Jones
Concerns about the leadership of child protection services lie within the launch by children’s secretary Ed Balls of a new training programme for top children’s services managers – and it could not come soon enough, with the news that a “diagnostic team” is being sent by ministers to Doncaster council after the deaths of seven children.
How to stop children of drug addicts getting hooked
With children as young as 10 being initiated into drug use by their parents, a new report calls for a family-led approach to addiction.
BNP links to immigration service staff
An official investigation has been launched after two immigration service staff working with asylum-seekers were found to have links to the British National Party, The Independent has learnt.
Social mobility drive focuses on schools
Nearly 175,000 bright children on free school meals will be given a chance at the age of 11 to visit a university as part of a drive to lift the aspirations of working-class people and increase stalled social mobility in Britain.
Class discrimination to be outlawed
The government is preparing to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of social class in a bid improve the career chances of talented people from less-privileged backgrounds.