Wednesday 1 September 2004

    By Shirley Kumar and Clare Jerrom

    Asylum seekers still held in jail

    The government is betraying its pledge to keep asylum seekers out
    of jail, according to the charity Bail for Immigration

    The campaigners have drawn up a file of innocent men held alongside
    convicted criminals for up to two years.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Blair admits Asbos have yet to beat the louts

    Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted the government’s
    crackdown on loutish behaviour has yet to persuade culprits that it
    no longer pays to be a nuisance.

    He told residents in Harlow, Essex, that a person cannot be changed
    over night, but said the government had to get to the critical mass
    so that people know it is not worth being a nuisance.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Apology over priest’s abuse

    Westminster Roman Catholic diocese has apologised to male victims
    who were abused by priest William Hofton, who was jailed yesterday
    for four years.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Keep watch on childcare, parents told

    Ofsted has urged parents to keep an eye on childcare and nurseries
    after it revealed it received one complaint for every 20 registered
    care providers last year.

    The education watchdog investigated 6,250 complaints in the year to
    last March. It took legal action in 378 cases, out of that it made
    four prosecutions, shut 49 nurseries and childminders and suspended
    122 more.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    11-plus favours wealthy children

    Bristol University research shows poor children are only half as
    likely as wealthy children to get into grammar school.

    Out of 19 local education authorities studied, six per cent of
    pupils eligible for free school meals attend grammar schools
    compared to 26 per cent of other children.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Children abandoned in car park

    Two young girls were abandoned in an unlocked car in Stansted
    airport car park by their grandmother and uncle, so they could go
    on holiday.

    Police have cautioned the relatives from Goole, East Yorkshire who
    left the children in the car because they were told their passports
    would expire in two days and they could not fly.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Kindred spirit

    Anthony Douglas today takes the helm at the troubled Children and
    Family Court Advisory Support Service. He can empathise with
    children in need as he has awkward family issues of his own.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Meeting of Minds

    Parents of children with disabilities face a daunting range of
    service providers and appointments, but a successful project is
    taking away the stress.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Crowd control

    Despite fears that the far right will jump on the bandwagon,
    respected figures are now calling for public debate on how a
    predicted population explosion in the UK will be devastating for
    sustainable development.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    What else can I do?

    After 10 years of working for a local authority in the same
    personnel department, Jane has itchy feet. She is sure she needs a
    new challenge, but doesn’t know where to start.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Asylum seekers at lowest level in 17 years

    The United Nations refugee agency said the number of people seeking
    asylum in industrialised countries fell in the second quarter of
    2004 to the lowest level for 17 years.

    The UK had dropped from first place in 2003 to third place in the
    number of asylum applications it receives.

    Source:- The Financial Times Wednesday 1 September 2004
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    Domestic violence ‘costs £3bn a

    Time off work because of domestic violence injuries costs British
    industry around £3 billion a year, according to research
    carried out by Leeds University for the government.

    The cost of emotional suffering costs a further £17 billion.
    Domestic violence costs social services £250 million per year,
    housing authorities £160 million, the criminal justice system
    £1 billion and the National Health Service £1.2

    Source:- The Financial Times Wednesday 1 September 2004
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    Divorce rate hits highest level for 7 years

    Divorce in England and Wales last year topped 150,000 and is the
    highest for seven years.

    The total for 2003 is 153,490 is an increase of 3.9 per cent on the
    previous year.

    Source:- The Financial Times Wednesday 1 September 2004
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    Father’s suicide over shame of beating

    A father who was beaten by teenage drug gangs in front of his two
    young sons felt so humiliated he hung himself, an inquest
    Paul Wardell of Thornaby, Teesside, stood up to the youths and his
    home became a target. The inquest recorded a verdict of

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 1 September 2004 page 7

    Girl forced out of Kosovo at gunpoint wins Oxford

    Vildane Berani has won her battle to be allowed to study medicine
    at Oxford after the Home Office granted her indefinite leave to
    remain in Britain.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 1 September 2004 page 9

    Children smuggled into UK for crime

    Children are being smuggled into Britain to work as thieves and

    The multi-million pound trade was exposed during the arrest of
    Johar Shah and Alia Kanwal who admitted charges including
    facilitating illegal entry into Britain. The couple from Pakistan
    will be sentenced next week.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Wednesday 1 September 2004 page

    Scottish newspapers

    Minister: Kirk too scared to rock boat over sex row

    A minister criticised the Church of Scotland last night for showing
    “a lack of courage” for its decision not to back
    Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s attack on the Scottish
    executive’s plans for sex education in schools.

    The Reverend Iain Murdoch said Kirk leaders had “lost their
    critical faculties” and were frightened to “rock the
    boat” on controversial issues.

    O’Brien triggered the row when he said the executive’s
    plans for a new sexual health strategy were a “state
    sponsored sexual abuse on minors”.

    The cardinal claimed the executive had plans to teach children as
    young as three sex education and warned that teenagers would be
    given contraceptives without their parents’ knowledge.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 1 September

    School play photo ban used by just 83 families

    Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to introduce strict controls
    on photography of nativity plays and pantomimes were taken
    advantage of by just 83 families, it has emerged.

    Despite the small number of parents who decided to object to their
    children being photographed at school, members of the
    council’s education authority will be urged by officials at a
    meeting in Aberdeen tomorrow to approve the new policy fully.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 1 September

    Row as figures show council staff numbers near quarter of a

    The number of workers employed by Scottish councils has risen by
    more than 4,600 to nearly a quarter of a million in just one

    The number of full time equivalent staff employed by local
    authorities in September last year was 248,181, a 1.9 per cent
    increase on the previous year’s figures of 243,518, according
    to statistics from the Scottish executive and the Convention of
    Scottish Local Authorities.

    The executive attributed the rise to increased recruitment of
    frontline workers in social services, school, and the police.

    The Conservatives branded the figures as evidence of the need to
    “cut government down to size”.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 1 September

    Race officials criticise suicide verdict

    A fatal accident inquiry which cleared prison chiefs of any blame
    for the suicide of a Chinese immigrant at a jail was criticised by
    race relations officials yesterday.

    The Commission for Racial Equality Scotland said Liu Jin Wu, who
    had access to an interpreter three times during his 10 weeks in
    jail, had become “invisible in the system”.

    The man, who had been facing deportation after his trial for two
    counts of attempted murder, killed himself while on remand at
    Barlinnie prison in May last year.

    Prison staff failed to implement correct procedures for hourly
    observations on the mentally ill asylum seeker after he was found
    to be suicidal.

    But the fatal accident inquiry at Glasgow Sheriff Court found the
    suicide was due to his mental health rather than any failure of the
    prison authorities.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 1 September



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