Wednesday 20 July

By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Derren Hayes and Amy

Pupil punishment

Children could be ordered to do community service if they are
suspended from school under plans being examined by Tony

Parents could also be required to take time off work to supervise
excluded children at home. The Prime Minister will discuss the
plans with head teachers today.

Source:-The Times, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page 4

Boyfriend ‘killed baby with extreme

A man who had a history of harming children murdered his
girlfriend’s toddler in an extreme act of violence,
Birmingham Crown Court was told yesterday. Darren Bennett, 26 is
charge with the murder of 18-month-old Jordan McGann, who died on
August 6 last year after suffering massive head injuries.

Source:-The Times, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page 15

Government announces five-tier plan for foreign

The government set out plans for a five-tier system controlling who
could be admitted to work or study in this country, with the top
two tiers for skilled workers.

Some workers would only be allowed into Britain if they agreed to
have part of their wages paid in their home country.
Source:- The Independent Wednesday 20 July 2005 page

BNP founder dies days before trial for “race

John Tyndall, founder of the British National Party, died at his
home in Hove. He was due to appear at Leeds Crown Court tomorrow
charged with two counts of using words or behaviour likely to stir
up racial hatred.
Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 20 July 2005 page

Abortion time limit review is rejected

A call for the abortion laws to be reviewed in the light of medical
advances making it easier for premature babies to survive was
rejected by the government yesterday.
Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 20 July 2005 page

Prescott in retreat over demolition of 400,000 old

Government plans to demolish swathes of Victorian and Edwardian
terraces in the Midlands and the North are to be scaled down to
between 70,000 and 100,000 over 15 years.

This would be a climb-down from earlier estimates of up to 400,000
pre-1919 homes that needed to be demolished to build replacement
Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 20 July 2005 page

Mentors will teach asylum seekers how to get benefits
Asylum seekers given permission to stay in Britain will be offered
a mentor to teach them how to get a home and benefits.

The scheme will give refugees intensive one-to-one support for the
first 28 days after their asylum claim is granted.
Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday 20 July 2005 page 15

Revealed, the nurses too busy to care for patients left in

A TV crew working undercover has exposed how vulnerable cancer
patients were left in agony for hours because staff were too busy
to give them pain relief. The footage captured by Panorama also
revealed that elderly people who were unable to feed themselves
went hungry while nurses ate patients’ food.
Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday 20 July 2005 page 16

Arrested, boy of 11 with a toy gun

A boy of 11 spotted playing in a school playground in Kent with a
toy gun was arrested and held in a police cell for more than three
hours. Sources said the gun looked “very real and
Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday 20 July 2005 page 16

Schizophrenic left free to mow down resident
A man with paranoid schizophrenia ran over and killed a pedestrian
days after doctors declared he was not a danger to the

In the run up to the incident in London, doctors had considered
locking up the 30-year-old under the Mental Health Act because of
concerns about his worsening psychiatric state.
Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday 20 July 2005 page 18

340,000 families left waiting by CSA blunders
Ministers have disclosed that the backlog of cases at the Child
Support Agency stands at nearly 340,000. An independent report also
said complaints about its performance were at record level.
Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday 20 July 2005 page 37

Migrants may be forced to send cash home

Low-skilled migrants coming to Britain face having part of their
wages compulsorily withheld until they return home under much
tougher than expected proposals for a new immigration system put
forward by the government yesterday.

Employers would pay part of the wages of migrants on temporary work
schemes into a bank account in their home country, which the
workers could only access once they had returned home.

Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

A racist, violent, neo-nazi to the end: BNP founder Tyndall

John Tyndall, one of the dominant figures of the British far right
for the last 50 years has died two days before he was due to appear
in court charged with inciting racial hatred.

Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

Where RU? Text service tracks teens

The new KidsOK service, sold in shops, allows parents to use their
own mobiles and their children’s to “discreetly”
locate wandering offspring.

Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

A child does not fail, but defers success

Liz Beattie, a retired primary school teacher, says that the word
“fail” should be deleted from the classroom because it
can put children off learning, and replace it with “deferred

She is putting forward a motion to be debated next week at Buxton,
Derbyshire at the Professional Association of Teachers.

Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

More men needed in caring careers

Government plans to expand childcare, including the ambitious
extended schools programme, will fail unless more men are drawn
into caring careers, the Equal Opportunities Commission said

Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

Curfew and curbs on young teenagers divide leafy suburban

The High Court will pass judgement today on a 15-year-old
boy’s challenge to the curfew zone in Ham, south-west London
which was introduced under antisocial behaviour legislation.

Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

Good old days

Goodbye bingo, hello bordello? A new generation of older people has
high expectations – and residential homes must keep

Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

Criminal neglect

As co-director of pressure group Inquest, Deborah Coles has seen a
huge rise in the number of deaths of children in custody. A report
on how the system is failing to protect young offenders.

Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

Positive thinking

Motivational counselling, imported from the US, is proving more
successful with youngsters than traditional drugs education.

Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

Time sensitive

The youth green paper, out this week, calls for the kind of
collaboration found in a scheme in Lincolnshire that helps troubled
young people.

Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page

Let’s end the no-blame culture in public services urges Zenna

Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 20 July 2005, page
Scottish newspapers

We don’t know initial free care costs, ministers

The exact cost of introducing free personal care in Scotland
will never be known because of gaps in record-keeping, the Scottish
executive has admitted.

In March, the cross-party group of MSPs warned that the cost could
be higher than originally thought because the executive failed to
keep track of the expenditure. The policy was rushed through on the
basis of patchy data because of a political imperative to act
quickly, they said. In its response this week, the health
department said it could not “establish accurately how much extra
expenditure by local authorities” was incurred.

The Herald, 20 July

Childcare ‘needs more men’

Scotland’s childcare workforce is almost exclusively
female, despite more than a quarter of men saying they would
consider working in the sector, according to a report.

The study, by the Equal Opportunities Commission, says many men are
put off by the low pay and perceptions of childcare as “women’s
work”. But it says recruiting more men, who now account for only 4
per cent of childcare workers, would improve the image of the
sector, be good for business and help address the skills

The Scotsman, 20 July

Welsh newspapers

Underage drinking on rise in idyllic rural town

Underage drinkers are causing havoc in on of Wales most well off
towns. Gangs of teenagers gathering at the weekend are being blamed
for the rise in criminal damage in Crickhowell, near

Source:- Western Mail, Wednesday, 20 July

Drop in tagged offenders jailed

One in 11 tagged young offenders living in Wales have breached
their home curfews after being allowed to serve the last part of
their sentence at home. Offenders that breach the curfew are sent
back to jail. Under the scheme they are allowed to spend up to the
last two months of the custodial part of their sentence at home
rather than prison.

Source:- Western Mail, Wednesday, 20 July

Girl could have infected others with Aids

The first woman to be convicted of giving HIV to her boyfriend
might have infected at least another six men in her home city of
Newport it has been revealed.

Many of the men will not be aware of the issue because a court
banned the woman from being publicly named. Her ex-boyfriend, whom
the woman was convicted for infecting, said that she had had a
number of affairs during their 10 months together.

Source:- Western Mail, Wednesday, 20 July

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