Paedophile ring guilty of 50 charges
A ring of eight paedophiles, including a former welfare campaigner for young gay men, were today convicted of child abuse and producing indecent images of children. The men, from across central Scotland, were found guilty by a jury in Edinburgh of more than 50 charges, ranging from abusing infants from three months old to conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography.
UK income gap widest since 60s
Britain under Gordon Brown is a more unequal country than at any time since modern records began in the early 1960s, after the incomes of the poor fell and those of the rich rose in the three years after the 2005 general election.
Deprivation and inequality in the UK rose for a third successive year in 2007-08, according to data from the Department for Work and Pensions that prompted strong criticism from campaign groups for the government’s backsliding on its anti-poverty goals.
Agency workers to receive equal rights after 12 weeks in job
About 500,000 agency workers will receive the same pay and conditions as permanent staff under proposals to be published by ministers today in an effort to redeem a pledge made by government to unions .
The proposals – the subject of fraught talks between unions and the CBI last year – will be published in a consultation paper by the business department.
Cannabis substitute ‘Spice’ faces ban
A herbal substance that gives a “cannabis-like” effect when smoked faces being banned by the Government amid fears that it is as powerful as skunk.
The smoking mixture, known as Spice, is sold nationwide in shops that specialise in the sale of drug paraphernalia.