Thursday 17 March 2005

    By Clare Jerrom, Simeon Brody, Derren Hayes and Amy
    Taylor

    Brown’s guarded giveaway

    The chancellor yesterday announced a pre-election Budget that gave
    money to poor families and older people.

    Gordon Brown announced that older people would have their council
    tax reduced and have free bus travel.

    He also promised a boost in child tax credit worth £5 a week
    from next year.

    Source:- The Guardian  Thursday 17 March page 1

    Alzheimer’s plea

    MPs were yesterday urged to end discrimination against dementia
    sufferers and their carers by campaigners for the Alzheimer’s
    Society.

    They want an end to means testing for long-term care, which means
    that thousands of people have to pay for help with everyday
    tasks.

    Source:- The Times  Thursday 17 March page 6

    Illegal immigrants jailed for selling girl as a sex
    slave

    Three illegal immigrants were jailed yesterday after they sold a
    15-year-old Lithuanian girl as a sex slave.

    The girl was resold a number of times, repeatedly raped and forced
    to work in brothels.

    Shaban Maka, Ilir Barjami and Xhevahir Pisha were found guilty at
    Sheffield Crown Court of trafficking the teenager.

    Source:- The Times  Thursday 17 March page 13

    Cannibal’s social worker named

    Roland Silcott has been named as the social worker whose assessment
    of Peter Bryan helped to secure his release, allowing him to strike
    twice again.

    Silcott was convinced the schizophrenic posed no further threat to
    the public and asked the Home Office and mental health experts to
    free him.

    Source:- The Times  Thursday 17 March page 29

    Lords to rule on human rights issue over Gypsy
    eviction

    The House of Lords will decide whether gypsies camped on local
    authority land without permission can fight eviction by arguing
    that it breaches their human rights.

    The court of appeal yesterday dismissed an appeal by a gypsy family
    that a council had contravened their human rights. However the
    court of appeal referred the case to the lords.

    Source:- The Guardian  Thursday 17 March page 4

    £75 a week bribe to stay at school

    Young people will be paid up to £75 a week to stay in full
    time education.

    The measure is a key plank of chancellor Gordon Brown’s
    desire to achieve ‘universal education or training until the
    age of 18’.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Thursday 17 March page 10

    Boys ‘tried to rape me at the after school
    club’

    An 11-year-old girl yesterday claimed two boys tried to rape her
    during an after school club.

    The child told Inner London Crown Court via video link that the
    boys dragged her into the toilet for the ordeal and how they
    threatened to beat her up if she told anyone what happened.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Thursday 17 March page 37

    Scrap plans for City Academies, say MPs

    Plans to build 200 expensive state-funded City Academies should
    be shelved because of lack of evidence that they work, according to
    a Commons education select committee report.

    The projected £50 billion cost of the scheme is too
    expensive without any evaluation of the schools’ performance,
    the report said.

     Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 15 March 2005
    page 2

     Curate loses legal battle to prosecute doctors over
    abortions

    The Reverend Joanna Jepson failed in her attempt to bring
    criminal charges against two doctors involved in a
    “late” abortion on an unborn child with a cleft lip and
    palate.

    The Crown Prosecution Service said it was satisfied the doctors
    involved had acted in good faith.

     Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 15 March 2005
    page 4

     Parents of sick children dupe nurseries

     Children’s nurseries are increasingly involved in battles
    with working parents who drop their youngsters off when they are
    ill, according to research.

    The survey found 86 per cent sent a child back to nursery before
    they had fully recovered from illness and more than a quarter
    admitted disguising signs of highly contagious eye or ear
    infections.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday 15 March 2005
    page 7

    Chopped down

    State subsidy to the Woodcraft Folk, which was founded as a
    socialist alternative to the scouts, has been cut threatening the
    movement’s survival.

    Source:- The Independent Thursday 15 March 2005 page
    12

    Ministers in gamble on NHS private
    suppliers

    The government is to gamble that the private sector will be
    willing to build new centres to treat hundreds of thousands of NHS
    patients without being given a guarantee over the volume of
    patients they will receive.

    Patients are due to be offered a choice of four or five
    hospitals from December, one of them a private hospital.

    Source:- Financial Times Thursday 15 March 2005 page
    34

    Scottish news

    Man takes over parents home in row

    A man has taken possession of his old and disabled
    parents’ home despite a court order for him not to interfere
    in its sale.

    Bryan Stuart has barricaded himself in Petmathen House, in the
    Aberdeenshire hamlet of Oyne, and is vowing not to move when the
    new owners take possession next week. His parents, who have given
    power of attorney to their eldest son, sold the house to move into
    residential care as they have health problems.

    Source:- The Scotsman Thursday 17 March

    Education set for boost as McConnell gets a £300m
    windfall

    The Scottish executive looks set to plough an extra £300
    million into primary school education over the next five years as a
    result of an increase in government funding. Alistair Darling, the
    Scottish secretary, has given a clear signal that Westminster
    expects first minister Jack McConnell to follow England and invest
    the money in education. McConnell can decide how to spend the money
    himself, but is unlikely to go against the wishes of
    Westminster.

    Source:- The Scotsman Thursday 17 March

    Welsh news

    Archbishop tells RCs abortion a key poll issue

    The Archbishop of Cardiff said that the church will not side with
    any of the political parties views on abortion.

    The issue has recently become a hot topic. Archbishop Peter Smith
    said that Catholics should vote for which ever party was most in
    line with their views.

    His comments come after the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal
    Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, said that he agreed with Conservative
    leader Michael Howard’s proposal that abortion limit should
    be reduced from 24 to 20 weeks.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 17 March 17

    Teachers want direct payments to schools

    Schools leaders in Wales have called on the Welsh Assembly to make
    direct payments to schools instead of channeling money through
    local education authorities.

    The assembly will debate how to distribute any extra money from the
    Treasury in London in light of the budget.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 17 March

    Officials fear heads will attack minister

    Assembly Government officials fear that teachers will round on
    education minister Jane Davidson today over claims that schools in
    England get more money than schools in Wales.

    The Secondary Heads Association  is set to publish a study of 80
    schools today showing that some welsh schools get £150 to
    £200 less than schools in England.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 17 March

     

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