Round-up of the week

    Round up of the week

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    Week beginning 7 March 2005

    Monday 7 March

    The government urged local authorities to identify more and
    appropriate land for authorised sites for Gypsies and Travellers as
    Temporary Stop Notice regulations came into force to allow councils
    to act immediately to stop unauthorised sites being developed in
    problem locations.

    Tuesday 8 March

    Funding of £5 million for young people with mental health
    problems was announced by health minister Rosie Winterton. She also
    revealed that £1.5 million of that funding would be given to
    projects aimed at black and ethnic minority young people with
    mental health problems.

    Home Office minister Hazel Blears also defended the Home Office
    plan to “name and shame” individuals issued with
    antisocial behaviour orders to the home affairs select
    committee’s inquiry into antisocial behaviour. She said the
    measure was “was not about stigmatising” young

    Wednesday 9 March

    A poll of 1,450 professionals carried out exclusively for
    Community Care found that nine out of 10 social care
    professionals working with older people thought they are being
    discharged from hospital too early. The survey, part of
    Community Care’s Election 2005 campaign, was
    complemented by a report from Gillian Crosby and Angela Clark at
    the Centre for Policy on Ageing, which calls for a strategic
    approach to addressing the needs of older people and an NOP poll of
    the general public. For more information on our campaign go to

    Thursday 10 March

    Stephen Ladyman

    Community care minister Stephen Ladyman promised faster diagnosis
    and more rapid treatment was to the 10 million people in the


    UK with long-term neurological conditions in the National Service
    Framework for long-term conditions.

    Friday 11 March

    Four of the five public sector unions pressing for a strike over
    government changes to their pension scheme voted between 73 per
    cent and 87 per cent in favour of action. The ballot results from
    Amicus, T & G, Ucatt and UNISON could lead to an initial
    one-day strike in councils across the UK on March 23 unless an
    agreement with the government can be reached. Ballots for GMB, the
    fifth union involved, are still being collected.

    News from the Mubarek inquiry

    The first race equality adviser to the Prison Service  told the
    Zahid Mubarek inquiry that she heard “disturbing”
    allegations of serious

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    Zahid Mubarek

    violence against black and ethnic minority prisoners. Judy
    Clements, who advised the Prison Service between 1999 and 2003,
    told the public inquiry into Mubarek’s death that prison
    staff and management were in “complete denial” of
    issues relating to racism in a number of institutions.

    The inquiry heard later this week that an Asian prisoner was
    brutally assaulted by two white inmates at Feltham Young Offender
    Institution but staff did not refer him to hospital until 24 hours
    later. The victim suffered “serious” injuries including
    a broken jaw and was kept in hospital for 19 days following the
    attack, which occurred just two months before Mubarek was murdered
    by his racist cellmate Robert Stewart at Feltham in 2000.

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