Wednesday 2 June 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Alex
    Dobson

    Shelf stacker was paid 29p an hour

    A cash and carry business has been ordered to pay
    £5,000 in compensation and legal costs to a man with learning
    difficulties who was paid 29p an hour for stacking shelves.

    An employment tribunal heard that Falcon Cash and Carry in
    Leicester later increased the man’s pay to 96p an hour. The
    minimum wage is £4.50 per hour.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 2 June page 17

    No supervision for sex offenders being sent back to
    Britain

    Dozens of convicted paedophiles who don’t have to go on
    the sex offenders’ register due to a legal loophole are
    entering Britain, a Scotland Yard Investigation has
    suggested.

    British citizens who are convicted of sex offences abroad do no
    have to go on the register due to the anomaly.

    This means that if the offenders are deported back to Britain they
    are not monitored.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 2 June page 8

    Accused judge retires

    A senior Crown Court judge on bail over child pornography
    allegations is retiring early on full pension due to ill
    health.

    A spokesperson for the Department of Constitutional Affairs said
    that Judge David Selwood, resident judge at Portsmouth Crown Court,
    was originally due to retire on June 27, his 70th birthday, but
    would go slightly early due to ‘illness’.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 2 June page 4

    Stressed and fractured

    There were allegations of ‘bullyboy tactics’ when
    Whitehall and the lenders of local health organisations clashed
    over plans for a new privately-run treatment centre.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 2 June  page 8

    Skills on the doorstep

    While the social care profession’s recruitment crisis
    continues, a London council is bucking the trend by hiring from its
    Bangladeshi and Somali communities.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 2 June page 10

    Scottish newspapers

    22 child death convictions reviewed by Crown Office

    The Crown Office has investigated the cases of 22 child killers in
    an unprecedented review of prosecutions.

    The move follows a wide-ranging inquiry into child deaths in
    England where defendants were convicted on the back of
    controversial evidence.

    Crown Office lawyers have completed a review of every Scottish case
    of murder or culpable homicide of a child under two years old in
    the past decade and have found no evidence to suggest a miscarriage
    of justice.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 2 June

    Public safety warning over paroled prisoners

    Too many prisoners who are a potential danger to the public are
    being freed from jail, according to the head of Scotland’s
    parole board.

    Professor James McManus said he was concerned about the number of
    prisoners released on parole who had to be taken back to
    prison.

    The comments came as the parole board published figures on prisoner
    releases showing the number of inmates freed on licence who are
    sent back to jail is still higher than at the start of the
    decade.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 2 June

    £12m bill to comply with disability act

    It will cost Aberdeen Council £12 million to improve its
    property portfolio to comply with new legislation for disabled
    people, it emerged yesterday.

    The authority has already committed a total of £1 million over
    the last two years to improve access for disabled people to council
    services to meet requirements in the Disability Discrimination
    Act.

    But a report warns that a total of £12 million will have to be
    spent on libraries, schools and other council buildings to avoid
    breaches of the law.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 2 June

    Prisoner escort firm wins seven year deal

    Reliance security firm has been awarded a seven year
    contract to provide custodial and court services in south Wales and
    the west of England, it emerged yesterday.

    The security firm has come under fire for mistakenly releasing
    prisoners in Scotland.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 2 June

    Children’s reforms ‘held back’ over
    reserved powers

    The Scottish executive’s reforms of children’s services
    are being held back because parliament does not have control over
    key economic powers, according to a thinktank.

    The Policy Press said the fact that areas such as taxation were the
    responsibility of Westminster meant the executive was
    “failing to realise the full potential” of policies
    such as the £115 million integrated community schools scheme
    which aims to co-ordinated education with social and health
    services.

    The report also criticises the executive for focussing too
    exclusively on helping disadvantages families and areas at the
    expense of successful integrating childcare services.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 2 June

    End in sight for nursery nurses’
    strike

    The nursery nurses strike will be over by the end of the week it
    emerged last night.

    Workers in Renfrewshire became the latest to agree a local deal and
    return to work, meaning only those in Glasgow remain on the picket
    line after three months of industrial action.

    But Glasgow Council said 60 nursery nurse had broken ranks by
    returning to work yesterday and they anticipated that the number
    would rise to 100 by this morning.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 2 June

    Welsh newspapers

    Head tells of claims anguish

    A head teacher at a north Wales school has spoken of his anguish
    over malicious accusations made by pupils.

    David Jones, the head teacher at Ysgol-y-Drindod, in Wrexham, was
    suspended from his job after two pupils made allegations that he
    had held one by the arm and that he had vodka in his office.

    After a lengthy investigation he was cleared but said that the
    ordeal has left him too devastated to return to work.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 2 June page 1

    Teachers say false claims are set to reach all-time
    high

    Teachers’ leaders in Wales claim false allegations against
    staff made by pupils and their parents are set to reach an all time
    high by the end of this year.

    But the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women
    Teachers said that less than one per cent of all allegations made
    against their members are proven.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 2 June page 2

    Whistle blower’ nurse loses
    tribunal

    A nurse who claims she was sacked after blowing the whistle on
    an alleged “do not resuscitate” policy at school in
    Swansea has lost her appeal against unfair dismissal.

    Bernice Pinnington worked at Ysgol Crug Glas special school in the
    city where children with life threatening conditions were being
    educated.

    She claimed that she had stumbled across instructions telling staff
    not to resuscitate a five-year-old girl and blew the whistle. She
    was later dismissed but a tribunal found that she was sacked after
    18 months of ill health.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 2 June page 3

    We are just fighting for the best for our little
    boy

    Children in Wales with autism could be missing out on a proper
    education because of a lack of specialist teachers, it has been
    claimed.

    Autism Cymru said schools in Wales still lack properly trained
    staff and that there is a piecemeal approach to services.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 2 June page 3

    Fracas over votes for mentally disabled

    A row has broken out after an election candidate questioned the
    right of residents with learning difficulties to vote.

    Sixteen residents at Plas Gwyn residential home in Ceridigion have
    been offered postal votes in forthcoming elections. But in a leaked
    letter, a former mayor of Aberystwyth, Carol Kolczak has expressed
    concern over whether the residents are able to fully understand
    what they would be voting for.

    Mencap Cymru has expressed concern over the contents of the
    letter.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 2 June page 5

     

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