Friday 21 January 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Derren Hayes and Amy Taylor

    Ministers want cities to reconsider plans for elected mayors

    Ministers want to encourage big cities to reconsider plans for
    elected mayors by giving the role more power and wider
    responsibilities.

    Cities such as Birmingham and Manchester were cool to the mayoral
    idea because they believed it threatened their traditional way of
    doing council business.

    The elected mayor’s policy, backed by Tony Blair, has been
    taken up by only 11 smaller authorities.

    Source:- The Financial Times Friday 21 January 2005 page
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    Tenants get right to buy but sales are limited

    Housing association tenants are to be given the right to buy their
    homes under plans to be set out next week, but a cabinet compromise
    has led to limits being put on the scheme for protect housing for
    the poor.

    Housing associations are to be given a veto over participation in
    the scheme if they believe it would harm the social housing
    stock.

    Source:- The Financial Times Friday 21 January 2005 page
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    Pupils could be tagged for their own good

    A primary school is considering tagging its pupils to monitor their
    whereabouts.

    Under the pilot scheme, the electronic tags would raise the alarm
    if a pupil left the premises of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Lonias school
    in Swansea.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Friday 21 January 2005 page
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    Girl of 12 is Britain’s youngest drink-driver

    A girl of 12 became Britain’s youngest drink-driver after
    being caught nearly twice the legal limit at the wheel of her
    father’s car.

    The youngster took the vehicle after getting drunk, Swindon
    Magistrates Court heard. She will appear at Newbury Youth Court for
    sentencing on January 31.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Friday 21 January 2005 page
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    Boy, 16, hangs himself in jail cell

    A 16-year-old boy died in hospital yesterday after he was found
    hanging in his cell, the Prison Service said last night.

    Gareth Price died at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary following the
    incident at Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution on
    Wednesday.
    The chief executive of the Youth Justice Board, Ellie Roy, said the
    board and the prison ombudsman would carry out an investigation
    into the boy’s death.

    Source:- The Independent Friday 21 January 2005 page
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    Police told to widen child sex abuse inquiry

    An investigation into alleged child sexual abuse involving the
    chair of Humberside police authority is to be widened at the
    suggestion of a police watchdog.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission has advised Humberside
    police to broaden the criminal inquiry as a result of the
    IPCC’s investigations into how the force dealt with the
    allegations made against Colin Inglis, who is also the Labour
    leader of Hull Council, nine years ago.

    The two allegations involved his role as a social worker at
    Gleneagles children’s home, Hull, in the 1980s. Inglis
    strenuously denied the allegations.

    Source:- The Guardian  Friday 21 January 2005 page 9

    Benefits system pays married couples to split up, says
    report

    Lone parents are rewarded at the expense of families, according to
    the think-tank Centre for Policy Studies.

    Source:- The Times Friday 21 January 2005 page 4

    Scottish newspapers

    The drinking problem that is getting worse and younger every
    day

    Analysis of whether new government policies to tackle alcohol abuse
    will curb the growing problem of underage drinking has now cost the
    Scottish health service £1.13 billion a year.

    Source:- The Herald  Friday 21 January

    Guidelines for sex education

    Children in schools will learn about sex under the same guidelines
    for faith and non-faith schools, health minister Andy Kerr is
    expected to announce next week.

    Source:- The Herald Friday 21 January

    One in12 Scots claim sickness benefit

    New government figures show one in 12 Scots of working age are
    classified as either too sick or too disabled to work, raising
    concerns from some that Scotland has a sickness culture.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Friday 21 January

    Teachers’ hands tied in climate of fear

    School children are being deprived of comfort and attention from
    their teachers because child protection laws have made them
    “too hot to handle”, Scotland’s children’s
    tsar has warned.

    Source:- The Scotsman Friday 21 January

    Drunken kids dice with death

    A top doctor has pleaded with underage drinkers to curb their
    ways.

    Dr Eric Baijal said that in Grampian, at least two children
    under-15 get treatment for alcohol poisoning every week.

    Source:- Daily Record Friday 21 January

    Welsh newspapers

    Community group can tap into £8.8m

    A £8.85 million fund to help community groups in
    Carmarthenshire was launched yesterday.

    The Partnership for Community Action project (Pact) will help many
    community groups over the next four years.

    EU Objective One money will provide just under £4
    million.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 21 January 2005

    Council staff suspended over emails

    Three members of staff at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have been
    suspended from work while they are investigated for
    “inappropriate use of email”.

    The staff work in the social inclusion team and education and
    children’s services group, but the council says that they are
    not directly involved in child protection issues.

    An internal investigation is due to be carried out.

    Source:- Western Mail Friday 21 January 2005

     

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