Disabled students ‘still waiting for loans’
Thousands of disabled students are still waiting for funding to buy basic study aids like Braille paper and computer equipment, it has been revealed. Almost four months into the academic year, more than 12,000 are yet to receive the money they are entitled to, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.
The backlog, which represents two-thirds of the 19,000 who submitted application forms for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), has not changed since November.
Teenager dragged pensioner from care home and raped her
A teenager who kidnapped an elderly woman from her care home and raped her while on bail has been jailed indefinitely. Dale Boocock, 19, was on bail for burglary and high on drink and drugs when he entered Springfield care home in Bradford, West Yorks, and dragged the 86-year-old out of her bed.
‘Abhorrent sexual deviant’ GP allowed to work on after downloading child sex-stories
A family doctor described as a ‘deviant’ for downloading child-sex stories has escaped being struck off.
Dr Nicholas Spicer, 55, read the paedophile fantasies on his home computer between 2003 and 2007 while working with children as a GP.
Migrants ‘must earn benefits’, says Labour’s Hodge
Migrants would be forced to ‘earn’ the right to benefits and council housing over several years under explosive plans outlined today by a senior Labour minister.
Margaret Hodge warns British values of openness and tolerance are under threat because of an increasing sense of ‘unfairness’ over immigration.
Anger as Labour lets poor pay debts by credit card
Ministers have been slammed for allowing the hard-up to pay off fines and bailiffs by credit card.
A secret pilot scheme lets people settle demands from county courts and bailiffs by getting deeper into arrears.
Nigerian prince: ‘I’d rather be sent back to my torturers than stay in a detention centre’
A Nigerian prince who fled to Britain after being tortured in a tribal dispute over his family’s claim to a royal throne has now begged the Home Office to send him home.
Prince Ademola Babatunde Bakare alleges that his treatment as an asylum-seeker in the UK is worse than his experience in Nigeria, where he suffered gunshot wounds to his kneecaps and violent beatings.
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