Friday 25 June 2004

    By Shirley Kumar, Amy Taylor and Alex Dobson

    Sure Start scheme ‘improves parenting’

    The government’s Sure Start programme is resulting in better
    parenting, reveals a study by the University of London’s
    Birbeck College.

    Researchers looked at 260 Sure Start centres which combine early
    learning education, childcare facilities and family support for
    children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Edward Melhuish who conducted the study said there were signs of
    better parenting skills and interaction with children among
    families attending the programme.

    Source:- Financial Times, June 24, page 4

    Voluntary sector to receive £72m boost

    The Home Office has unveiled £72m investment to improve the
    ability of the voluntary sector to deliver public services.

    The ChangeUp programme was launched by minister for the voluntary
    and community sector Fiona Mactaggart as part of a drive to upgrade
    the sector’s infrastructure.

    The funds over two years is aimed at increasing capacity of
    organisations working in services for the aged, hostels for the
    homeless, and ethnic minority employment.

    Source:- Financial Times, June 24, page 5

    Regional boards ‘should set housing

    Author of the government-commissioned review of housing supply Kate
    Barker said regional boards rather than local authorities should
    make key decisions on housing growth for their area.

    Speaking at a New Local Government Network think-tank Barker argued
    in her review for an enhanced regional role that will involve the
    merger of two recently-formed groups: the regional planning bodies,
    which assess the broad needs of communities, and the regional
    housing boards, which advise ministers on targeting housing

    Source:-Financial Times, June 24, page 4

    Detectives close net on gang you killed boy, 15

    Police are closing in on the group of 15-year-olds who stabbed a
    teenager to death over a mobile phone.

    Kieran Rodney-Davis appears to be the latest victim of feral gangs
    responsible for 3,000 personal property robberies a month.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, June 25, page 2

    Baby deaths

    A mother has been reported to the procurator fiscal after a
    15-month police investigation into the deaths of seven children
    between 1961 and 1973.

    The children of Roberta Bibby from West Lothian were aged under

    Source:- The Times, June 25, page 11

    Nurse accused over boy’s death

    A paediatric nurse is due to appear before Liverpool magistrates on
    Monday charged with the manslaughter of an 18-month year old boy.
    The attack is alleged to have happened at Liverpool’s Alder
    Hey hospital in July 2001.

    Source:- The Guardian, June 25, Friday, page 9

    Alzheimer’s drugs a waste of money

    Drugs for Alzheimer’s disease previously believed to help
    dementia and supplied to large numbers of patients at a cost of
    over £39m a year have little effect, are of little benefit
    according to a study published today.

    The five-year study, paid for by the NHS rather than drug companies
    and carried out by Birmingham University, found that donepezil,
    which has the brand name Aricept, had hardly any effect on
    improving people’s memories.

    There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and the drugs are the only
    available treatment.

    Source:- The Guardian, June 25, Friday, page 1

    Scottish papers

    One in ten parents go hungry so kids can eat

    One in five families in Scotland do not have enough money for food,
    according to a report published yesterday.

    The study, by children’s charity NCH Scotland, found that
    almost half of Scottish parents on low incomes have gone hungry in
    order let another member of their family have enough food over the
    past year.

    Source:- The Daily Record, June 25, Friday page 13

    Welsh papers

    Schoolboy ‘dealer’ is expelled

    A teenage boy has been expelled from his school in Bridgend for
    allegedly dealing in drugs. The boy who was in a class of 13 to 14
    year-olds at Pencoed Comprehensive was apparently caught selling
    cannabis to other pupils. Headteacher Dr Elwyn Davies said it was
    the latest of several quite serious incidents in the year

    Source:- South Wales Echo Thursday 24 June page 1

    ‘NHS reforms won’t suit us’

    Welsh assembly first minister, Rhodri Morgan says that the prime
    minister’s model of public service reform does not fit with
    Welsh geography and community values.

    He said that Wales does not have the same health needs as England
    and he ruled out copying English reforms in spite of concerns about
    waiting times in the principality.

    Source: South Wales Argus, Thursday 24 June, page 2

    Mums miss meals to feed kids

    More than a third of Welsh parents on low-income wages have
    skipped meals to ensure their children are properly fed, according
    to a new report.

    The Going Hungry report for the children’s charity NCH also
    found that one in five families do not have enough money for

    Source Western Mail Friday 25 June page 7

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