Friday 9 July 2004

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

    100-year-old who killed wife for love is set free

    A court has ruled that a 100-year-old man who killed his sick wife
    in an “act of love” after being told that she was so
    ill she would have to be moved from her care home has received a
    12-month community rehabilitation order.

    Bernard Heginbotham was devastated when he learned that Ida, 87,
    had to move, and it was likely she would be placed in the dementia
    wing of a local nursing establishment.

    Rather than have his wife moved from the care home in Preesall,
    Lancashire, he killed her and then tried to kill himself.

    Source:- The Times Friday 9 July page 7

    Maternity pay increase plan angers employers

    The idea to increase paid maternity leave from six months to a year
    being considered by the government has met strong resistance from
    employers.

    Ministers said they were looking into the idea as they launched
    their five-year-plan for education yesterday.

    Source:- The Times Friday 9 July page 13

    More sophisticated measure of poverty to be adopted

    The government plans to use a more detailed measure of chid
    poverty, chancellor Gordon Brown announced yesterday.

    The new assessment process, due to be announced in full on Monday,
    will include plans to measure the quality of children’s
    housing and whether they lack basic necessities.

    Source:- The Financial Times Friday 9 July page 3

    Companies warned on disabled workers

    The Court of Appeal upheld a discrimination claim by a teacher who
    was forced to resign after she suffered sight loss four years
    ago.

    Disability rights campaigners said that the landmark ruling meant
    that businesses that refuse to make reasonable adjustments for
    disabled people risked face claims for constructive
    dismissal.

    Gaynor Meikle worked at Gelding school in Nottingham and had asked
    her employers for extra time to do her work and for enlarged
    written materials, but these improvements were not made.

    Source:- The Financial Times Friday 9 July page 4

    Population update ends census error

    The Office for National Statistics admitted to widespread errors in
    the 2001 census after a long battle with some councils.

    The changes mean the population in Westminster was increased by 10
    per cent yesterday. The population of an area partly dictates how
    much money local areas get.

    Source:- The Financial Times Friday 9 July page 5

    The Government yesterday unveiled a five-year blueprint for
    schools. But what is the state of education under Labour?

    Every three and four-year-old will have the offer of a free
    part-time nursery place.

    Re-registrations on the child protection register dropped from 20
    per cent in 1997-98 to 13 per cent in 2002-03.

    Sure Start places have risen to 400,000 since 1997.

    Source:- The Independent Friday 9 July page 1

    Schoolboy stabbed by fellow pupil

    A 16-year-old boy stabbed a fellow pupil to death outside a
    classroom, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

    The boy denies murdering Luke Walmsley at Birkbeck Secondary School
    in North Somercotes, Lincolnshire.

    Source:- The Independent Friday 9 July page 16

    Teenage years ‘hardest for parents’

    Three quarters of parents of teenagers have the hardest time,
    according to the Institute for Public Policy research.

    The survey of 1,000 parents found 43 per cent wanted more organised
    activities such as youth clubs.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 9 July page 5

    Boy burned near school

    A pupil has been bailed on suspicion of assault and two others
    excluded after a 14-year-old boy suffered serious burns near Bishop
    Fox School in Taunton last month.

    Source:- The Guardian Friday 9 July page 11

    Scottish newspapers

    Abuse claim father cannot sue the NHS

    A man falsely accused of sexually abusing his daughter after a
    psychiatrist used a controversial therapy technique has failed in
    his attempt to sue a health authority.

    James Fairlie was seeking £250,000 damages from Perth and
    Kinross healthcare NHS Trust, but a judge dismissed his action on
    legal grounds.

    Source:- The Herald  Friday 9 July

    MSPs slam delays in crime record checks

    The Scottish Parliament’s education committee today
    criticised delays in criminal checks on people applying for jobs
    working with children.

    The committee said it was concerned Disclosure Scotland was taking
    up to 12 weeks to produce vetting reports instead of the target 14
    days.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 8 July

    Refugees may go to Europe over tagging

    Asylum seekers in Scotland will be able to appeal to the European
    Court of Justice over the Home Office’s plans to
    electronically tag them.

    Cameron Fyfe, a compensation lawyer, said only criminals should be
    subjected to tagging and human rights legislation protects everyone
    else.

    The Home Office confirmed that it is confident to press ahead with
    its plan to use Scotland as a testing ground for plans to fit tags
    to asylum seekers under a contract with Reliance Monitoring
    Services.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 9 July

    Details of Reliance’s prison-service contract may
    remain in firm’s custody

    The Scottish executive cannot force Reliance Custodial Services to
    reveal details of its £126 million contract with the Scottish
    Prison Service, an executive spokesperson said ,last night.

    The comments came as Information Commissioner Kevin Dunion ordered
    an urgent investigation into whether the details of the
    firm’s contract were justifiably withheld from the Scottish
    parliament.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 9 July

    Seven raise actions over slopping out

    Seven prisoners appeared in court yesterday in a bid to force the
    Scottish executive to move them to establishments where they are
    not forced to slop-out.

    The inmates at Saughton prison in Edinburgh allege their human
    rights are being violated and are claiming damages totalling g
    £87,000.

    Until the cases are heard, the men was a judge to grant an order
    which would secure they had a cell with a toilet and wash
    basin.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 9 July

    Boy in court

    A 15-year-old boy accused of murdering school-girl Jodi Jones will
    appear in court next month, according to the Crown Office
    yesterday.

    Jodi was discovered dead near her house in Easterhouses, Dalkeith
    last June.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 9 July

    Domestic abuse hotline to open round the clock

    Scotland’s hotline for victims of domestic violence will
    start operating round the clock in a bid to make it more accessible
    to users.

    Anyone suffering from domestic abuse will, from today, be able to
    phone and speak to a trained adviser at any time.

    Source:- Evening News  Thursday 8 July

    Welsh newspapers

    My little life-saver

    A nine-year-old girl, who learnt first aid techniques at a cubs
    group, helped save her mother’s life.

    Samantha West, from Cwmbran, placed her mother in the recovery
    position after she suffered a blackout at their home. She had
    learnt to prevent choking by rolling people on their sides during
    sessions at cubs.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Thursday 8 July page 1

    Jail warning to truant’s mother

    A woman from Gwent has been given one last chance to make sure her
    daughter attends school.

    The woman, who breached a parenting order, was told that a
    custodial sentence was likely to be imposed by Newport
    magistrates.

    However, she was given until next January to see if she could
    improve her 11-year-old daughter’s attendance at
    school.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Thursday 8 July page 5

    ‘Children’s care remains priority’

    Welsh assembly health and social services minister, Jane Hutt
    yesterday updated fellow assembly members on the progress being
    made by Blaenau Gwent social services.

    The council was the subject of a highly critical joint review and a
    follow-up inspection that found that vulnerable children were being
    failed by the authority.

    Hutt said that an advisory board put in place to help the
    authority, had made children its first priority.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Thursday 8 July page 21

    Teaching children the ‘can do’ attitude

    Children as young as five are to be given lessons in
    entrepreneurship as part of a new education policy designed to make
    Wales more competitive.

    The aim is to breed a new generation of children with a
    ‘can-do’ attitude to help regenerate Welsh communities.
    The scheme is to be launched on Monday by Welsh assembly education
    minister, Jane Davidson.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 9 July page 1

     

     

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