Not-for-profit sector ineffective, say MPs
Compelling evidence does not exist that shows the voluntary and not-for-profit sector provides public services in ways that improve outcomes, despite the government’s insistence that it does and ministers’ efforts to increase public service provision by the sector, a Commons committee has said.
Knife crime: One in ten children feel ‘safer’ carrying a blade
Many children believe they need a knife or gun to keep them safe, new research revealed yesterday.
Magistrates told to be tough on knives
Every magistrate in England and Wales is to be sent a warning from the next lord chief justice that knife crime is reaching epidemic proportions and needs the “most severe” sentences.
One in 10 children’s homes failing on safety, says watchdog
One in 10 children’s homes failed to ensure vulnerable youngsters in their care were safe and well cared for, a watchdog’s report revealed today.
Disabled teenagers allegedly told they were ‘scaring off other customers’ in salon
Three disabled teenagers who were allegedly “shooed” out of a beauty salon by staff who said they were “scaring off other customers” have accepted £4,500 in an out of court settlement.
Tens of thousands of criminals to be spared short jail terms
Criminals sent to prison for less than a year should be let off with a community punishment instead, the Government’s sentencing advisers has said.
Hospices take on a more positive role
Hospices, once the place where people with cancer went to die with dignity, are reinventing themselves as centres that encourage people in the advanced stages of progressive diseases to live.
Scotland rules out private NHS moves
Scotland is to legislate to prevent commercial companies being able to run family doctor services, Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish health secretary, said on Tuesday.
Operation Goodnight in Redruth: the holiday town where teenagers must be indoors by 9pm
You see them on street corners in every town: groups of furtive teenagers looking for company but often finding trouble. Fairly or not, they usually get the blame for vandalism, assaults and drunken midnight shouts that shatter the peace in otherwise deserted suburban streets.
Now police in Redruth, a Cornish town plagued by antisocial behaviour, are to impose a nighttime curfew on under16s during the school summer holidays.