Wednesday 26 January 2005

    By Clare Jerrom, Lauren Revans, Derren Hayes and Amy

    Welfare overhaul to target incapacity benefit

    Tony Blair is seeking to cut incapacity benefit which costs the
    Treasury £7 billion a year.

    The Department for Work and Pensions five-year plan will include
    plans to set claimants’ incapacity benefit at £56 a week
    – the same as job seeker’s allowance.

    Source:- Financial Times  Wednesday 26 January page

    Child Support Agency ‘should be scrapped unless it

    The Child Support Agency, which was set up to raise maintenance
    from absent fathers in is crisis and “has failed”, the
    commons work and pensions committee claimed yesterday.

    MPs said that if the Agency cannot be improved, it should be

    Source:- Financial Times  Wednesday 26 January page

    School abuse

    Six boys were victims of multiple sex abuse at the hands of a
    prefect at Cabin Hill school in East Belfast in 1992-3, according
    to a report.

    The head-master investigated the allegations but did not inform
    social services or the police.

    Source:- The Times  Wednesday 26 January page 2

    Clarke takes up fight against rise in violence as the
    election looms

    One in four teenage boys admits to being a serious or prolific
    offender, according to a Home Office study published

    Home Secretary Charles Clarke said it was “appalling”
    that a quarter of boys aged between 14 and 17 described themselves
    in this way.

    Source:- The Times  Wednesday 26 January page 6

    Quitting UN agreement on refugees ‘not

    The Conservative Party’s plan for Britain to withdraw from
    the 1951 UN refugee convention is not possible without breaching
    new obligations to the European Union, Number 10 said

    Source:- The Guardian  Wednesday 26 January page 8

    City prepares to vote on official red light zone

    Plan for first legal tolerance scheme gets mixed response

    Source:- The Guardian  Wednesday 26 January page 10

    Travellers win two more years on their illegal site

    Travellers at a site in Cottenham in Cambridgeshire delayed their
    eviction yet again yesterday by lodging a planning appeal that will
    not be heard until next year.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Wednesday 26 January page 23

    Grey eminence

    Stephen Burke put childcare at the heart of the government’s
    political agenda. Now he plans to do the same for older

    Source:- Society Guardian  Wednesday 26 January page

    No laughing matter

    While Asperger’s Syndrome is being recognised in children,
    adults are often left undiagnosed.

    Source:- Society Guardian  Wednesday 26 January page

    What else can I do?

    Rachel, an IT project management wizard, wants more public or
    voluntary sector experience.

    Source:- Society Guardian  Wednesday 26 January page

    Blair’s asylum switch gives Europe the key to

    Tony Blair has admitted that the government has signed away to the
    European Union the right to limit the number of asylum seekers
    coming into the country.

    The admission comes despite earlier promises to maintain control
    over Britain’s borders.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 26 January page

    Does anti-Semitism still linger in Britain?

    As the world prepares to mark Holocaust day tomorrow, Alice Thomson
    asks whether the problem that has stained Europe for centuries
    continues to exist

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 26 January page

    Tax credits system ‘has forced thousands into

    The introduction of the unnecessarily overcomplicated tax credit
    system has forced thousands of claimants of the benefit unwittingly
    into debt, accountants Ernst & Young have claimed.

    The criticism was backed by Citizens Advice, which called on the
    Inland Revenue to abandon its plans to “claw back” tens
    of thousands of overpayments of tax credits.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 26 January page

    Second brother dies in custody

    The brother of Alton Manning, who died after a struggle with prison
    officers, has died in hospital after being taken into police

    Osman Cameron, from Birmingham, was arrested on suspicion of
    robbery earlier this month, then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    with “mental health issues”, where he died earlier this

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 26 January page

    Scottish newspapers

    Public sector bureaucrats pen-pushing bills skywards

    An analysis of why council tax bills in Scotland are rising faster
    than inflation, earnings and pensions.

    The councils blame the executive for not giving them enough money
    to implement their policies while the executive blames councils for
    not spending wisely.

    Source:- The Scotsman Wednesday 26 January

    Electronic tagging up by more than half

    Electronic tagging increased by more than 50 per cent last year,
    while a third of drug treatment orders were broken.

    The figures from the Criminal Justice Social Work Bulletin showed
    807 restrictions of liberty orders monitored by tags.

    Source:- The Herald Wednesday 26 January

    MSPs question government health policy

    A number of MSPs have questioned the executive’s governance
    policies of centralising health services so that patients are
    treated by specialists rather than generalists.

    The review also found successive governments had failed to plan for
    enough health staff.

    Source:- The Herald Wednesday 26 January

    Web perv jailed for cyber sex with girl, 13

    The first man to be convicted for lewd practices over the internet
    has been jailed for two years.

    The 31-year-old lured a girl of 13 over the internet performing a
    sex act on himself and was believed to be grooming her.

    His case coincides with the launch of a new website to track
    paedophiles on the net.

    Source:- Daily Record Wednesday 26 January

    Welsh newspapers

    Much of Wales ‘below Malta and Slovenia’

    West Wales and the Valleys are poorer than a part of the former
    Yugoslavia, according to figures published by the European Union

    GDP figures per head for 2000-02 put people in the areas are just
    73.8 per cent of the EU average.

    The low nature of the figure means that the areas would qualify for
    the top rate of European aid in the next funding round despite 10
    mostly Eastern European countries joining the EU last year.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 26 January

    Hospital ‘crippled’ as bed-blocking fall

    Health Minister Dr Brian Gibbons announced a two-and-a-half year
    low in bed-blocking numbers yesterday at a time when 130 people are
    in this situation at the University Hospital of Wales,

    Hugh Ross, chief executive of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, said that
    the prolific bed-blocking at the hospital was

    The hospital is finding it difficult to find beds for a high number
    of emergency admissions because of so many beds are being blocked
    by patients who are ready to go home.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 26 January



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