News round up: Former patients bid to reopen psychiatric unit

Former patients make bid to reopen psychiatric hospital

Former residents of an acclaimed psychiatric hospital will tomorrow present their case to have it reopened to a panel with the power to decide its future.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

24-hour drink law has not cut violence, say frontline workers

The Government’s attempt to reduce alcohol-related disorder by introducing 24-hour drinking has failed dismally, according to a survey.

Read more on this story in The Times

‘Forget bin rounds, cut teen pregnancy’ – councils get new targets from Whitehall

For most of us the priorities for our councils are pretty clear.

Cutting council tax, looking after the elderly, making sure the rubbish is collected properly and keeping the streets clean are all likely to be somewhere near the top.

But not in Whitehall. It has issued its own targets urging council bosses to concentrate on handing out morning-after pills in schools and reducing carbon emissions.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

Charity’s £18k stolen by a JP

A MAGISTRATE yesterday admitted stealing £18,300 from a dementia charity.

Read more on this story in The Sun

Call to give councils control over youth jails

Making councils responsible for the cost of youth custody could help reduce the rising number of juveniles locked up each year, a campaigning charity said today.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

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