News round-up: Thalidomide victims seek more compensation


    Thalidomide victims launch battle for more compensation
    Fifty years since the introduction of thalidomide, sold as a “safe” cure for morning sickness in pregnancy, its seriously disabled victims yesterday launched a campaign for greater compensation from the German manufacturer outside the German embassy in London.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    Paedophiles face curbs on internet use
    The home secretary will today outline plans to increase protection for children surfing the web, including new jail terms for convicted paedophiles who use social networking websites.
    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    Brown fights revolts on tax and alcohol duty
    Gordon Brown was facing the first serious test of his political authority yesterday when a senior minister attacked his plans to raise alcohol duty in the budget and he was forced to respond to a tax revolt by backbench MPs.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    Migrant worker identified in ‘severed head’ case
    The woman whose head was found by two sisters playing on a beach in Arbroath has been identified as a migrant worker, police said yesterday.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    Brown plans tougher line on cannabis against advice of own drug experts
    Gordon Brown intends to tighten the penalties for cannabis possession despite a clear recommendation by the government’s own drug experts that it should remain a class C drug.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    Local authorities challenged with bid to have children play outside
    A league table rating the quality of parks, adventure playgrounds and youth activities in each area of England is to be published by the Government as part of a new strategy designed to encourage children to play outside more.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    Ban boy’s £20,000
    A pupil who was banned from school for four days a week, rather than having his special needs reassessed, will receive a trust fund worth at least £20,000 from Stockport council which failed to educate him.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    Police recruit in dyslexia victory
    A dyslexic police recruit who was hounded out of the force is seeking £500,000 compensation after winning his claim of disability discrimination.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    Credit crisis could delay UK regeneration
    Some big regeneration schemes could be delayed as the credit crunch affects the transformation of some of the country’s most despoiled tracts of urban land.

    Read more on this story in The Financial Times today

    Deals to help workless teens shift to councils
    Companies and charities under contract to solve the seemingly intractable problem of workless teenagers are losing lucrative deals to teams run by local authorities and government-financed organisations, even in cases where the authorities’ youth services have been condemned as “inadequate” by Ofsted, the education regulator.

    Read more on this story in The Financial Times today


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