BY Mithran Samuel and Caroline Lovell
UK condemned for failing to protect children’s rights
A study by the Children’s Rights Alliance for England shows that the government has only met 10 of the 78 child protection targets set out as recommendations by the UN five years ago.
Source:- The Guardian, Tuesday November 20 2007, page 2
Call for performance check upsets charities
The New Philanthropy Capital, a company which advises wealthy donors, has called for the government to set up an inspectorate to monitor how charities spend donations.
Source:- The Guardian, Tuesday 20 November 2007
Education of boys ‘suffers if fathers stay home’
A study has suggested that boys are less prepared for entry to school if they are cared for by their father rather than their mother at home – though the same does not apply to girls.
The research by Bristol University was based on 6,000 families and sought to control for factors such as relative wealth. Government statistics show that the number of stay-at-home fathers has doubled to more than 200,000 since 1993.
Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 20 November 2007 page 8
Anxious parents ‘failing to let children develop’
A government report designed to inform its Children’s Plan, due out next month, has said some parents are failing to allow their children to develop fully by preventing from taking risks, making decisions and developing self-confidence.
The study said that the rate of 10- and 11-year-olds walking to school had fallen from 94% in 1970 to 47% in the late 1990s, despite a sharp fall in fatalities from injury among children from 1981 to 2001.
Source:- The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 20 November 2007 page 14
Tory plan to fund school creation
About £4.5 billion set aside to help rebuild or refurbish every secondary school in the country should be diverted to help parents or philanthropists set up schools, the Conservatives will propose today.
They hope to create 220,000 school places in this way over the next nine years.
Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 20 November 2007 page 2
£2.5m to treat drug addicts – with heroin
A Home Office and Department of Health project to treat drug addicts using pure heroin has helped cut crime and kept users away from drug dealers, an evaluation has found.
The trial in London, Brighton and Darlington had helped bring about a tenfold cut in crimes, it emerged.
However, it was criticised by Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis who said it was a concession that the “war on drugs” is not winnable.
Source:- The Daily Mail Tuesday 20 November 2007 page 19
Tough incapacity test to cut 20,000 claims
Work and pensions secretary Peter Hain says a tougher medical eligibility test will cut the number of new incapacity benefit claimants by 20,000 a year.
However, the Conservatives claimed this amounted to less than 1% of current claimant numbers, while charities representing disabled people were sceptical about how the new regime would work.
Source:- The Times Tuesday 20 November 2007 page 25