Tuesday 13 September 2005

    By Simeon Brody, Maria Ahmed, Clare Jerrom and Amy

    Welcome to poverty Britain

    Problem kids to care for, bare floors, cast-off cooker, begged-for
    bunks and mum’s on Prozac

    Source:- The Daily Mirror Tuesday 13 September 2005 page

    Doubts over the value of £3bn Sure Start

    The first major evaluation of the government’s flagship
    £3 billion Sure Start programme for deprived pre-school
    children and their families has revealed no overall improvement in
    the areas targeted by the initiative.

    An independent study to be published next month by the Birkbeck
    College, London, revealed that Sure Start as a whole failed to
    boost youngsters’ development, language and behaviour.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 13 September 2005 page

    Two teenage boys found dead in wood

    Detectives were investigating a suspected double murder yesterday
    after the bodies of two teenagers were found in a wooded lane in
    Wokingham, Surrey, where witnesses said they had been

    A tip-off to Thames Valley police led to the discovery of the boys,
    aged 14 and 16, but no details about how they died have been

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 13 September 2005 page

    Trial over deaths of cockle pickers adjourned

    The trial of five people over the drowning of 21 Chinese cockle
    pickers in Morecambe Bay on February 5 last year was adjourned
    yesterday until Thursday for legal reasons.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 13 September 2005 page

    Broadcast ban on Make Poverty History ad

    Make Poverty History, the wide-ranging charity coalition that
    signed up a host of celebrities to star in a high-profile campaign
    before the G8 summit in Gleneagles, has been banned from
    advertising on television and radio.

    Media regulator Ofcom ruled the ads constituted a political message
    and therefore fell foul of the 2003 Communications Act.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 13 September 2005 page

    Give councils back their power, urges Rifkind

    The Conservatives should champion the return of power to councils
    and scrap Labour’s plans for regional government, Sir Malcolm
    Rifkind, a candidate for the Tory leadership said yesterday.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 13 September 2005
    page 6

    Camilla heads five more charities

    The Duchess of Cornwall has become the new patron of the London
    Chamber Orchestra, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists,
    Youth Action Wiltshire, the Cornwall Community Foundation and the
    Animal Care Trust.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 13 September 2005
    page 6

    Fewer people sleep rough

    The number of people sleeping rough in England has fallen to a
    record low, the government has reported.

    Yvette Cooper, the housing minister, said that the figures for
    rough sleeping reflect a 75 per cent decrease since 1998, from
    1,850 to 459, thanks to effective local authorities and volunteer

    Source:- The Times Tuesday 13 September 2005 page 2

    Blunkett rules out “wholesale” privatisation of
    Jobcentre network

    There are no plans for “wholesale” privatisation of the
    Jobcentre Plus network, according to David Blunkett.

    But the government is still thought likely to contract out
    face-to-face advisory work as part of moves to reduce the numbers
    on incapacity benefits.

    Source:- Financial Times Tuesday 13 September 2005 page

    Schools still failing the poor says Blair

    Children from all but the wealthiest families are being failed by
    state education in many areas, Tony Blair admitted.

    While better off parents had “choice and power over the
    system” and could pay for good education if their local
    school was failing, those on lower incomes could do nothing but
    “take what they are given”.

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 13 September 2005 page 6

    Strike threat over pension reforms

    Unions are threatening strike action over the government’s
    plans to rein in public sector pensions.

    Schools, hospitals and town halls could all be hit after Whitehall
    insiders insisted the prime minister was determined to push ahead
    with reforms designed to raise the retirement age of millions of
    public sector workers.

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 13 September 2005 page

    Workshy will risk £25 cut in benefits

    More than 1.8million incapacity benefit claimants who could get a
    job are to have their payments slashed.

    Under new proposals those who should be working will be paid
    £90 a week if they accept training but £55 a week if they

    Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 13 September 2005 page 19

    Scottish news

    Heroin must be legalised, says former judge

    Heroin should be legalised according to former Hugh Court judge
    Lord McCluskey.

    He branded the current drugs policy a “massive failure”
    and said if addicts were given heroin in a medically controlled
    setting there would be no criminal market.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 13 September 2005

    Life for sex attacker who left threats on computer

    A sex offender who left a message on his computer threatening to
    rape and murder was jailed yesterday at the High Court in

    David Wolstencroft was on 24-hour supervision in the community
    under a probation order imposed following an indecent attack on a
    female psychologist when he wrote the message.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 13 September 2005

    30 pupils caught in one day in truancy sweep

    Thirty children were caught playing truant from school in one day
    during a new truancy crackdown, it emerged yesterday.

    The pupils were picked up by Strathclyde police in Glasgow on
    Friday and returned to their schools.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Tuesday 13 September 2005

    Mum who shook baby walks free from court

    A mother convicted of shaking a crying baby has walked
    free from court.

    Liane Gordon was admonished a year after admitting culpable and
    reckless conduct resulting in severe injury to a child.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 12 September 2005

    Welsh news

    No complacency as schools take on truants

    Swansea Council’s measures to stop pupils truanting have paid
    off and been praised by councillors.

    Cabinet member for education Mike Day dismissed claims that
    truanting was getting worse arguing that figures showed 99 per cent
    of primary school children in Swansea were either in school every
    day or had valid reasons for not attending.

    Source:- thisissouthwales Tuesday 13 September

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