Council homes for life ‘to be scrapped’
People living in council houses will no longer be entitled to a subsidised tenancy for life under Whitehall proposals to address waiting lists.
Ofsted highlights nurseries divide
The number of failing nurseries in the poorest areas of England has nearly doubled in the past year, while there has been a marked improvement in the wealthiest districts, figures show.
Jobless total set to soar to 1.8m
Unemployment is likely to have risen above 1.8m, the highest level since 1998, a year after Labour came to power, official statistics are expected to report on Wednesday.
The rising tide of joblessness, as the effects of the credit crisis spread to other sectors, will increase the pressure on the government as it considers a mixture of tax cuts and increased public spending in an effort to shore up the flagging economy.
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MPs set to demand cheap booze ban and drinking age of 21 to curb street violence of ‘Binge Britain’
A ban on cut-price beer and wine and a higher drinking age may be needed to curb alcohol-related public disorder, MPs will say today.
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Hundreds of children under 10 hospitalised with alcohol problems
A child under ten is admitted to hospital to be treated for alcohol-related problems once every three days in England, according to Government figures revealed today.
Tories vow to remove inter-racial taboo in adoption
Barriers that prevent white couples from adopting black children would be removed by David Cameron under reforms to stop ethnic minority children languishing in the care system.
Black and Asian children wait on average three times longer than white children for an adoptive family. Critics say too many adoption agencies are hung up on race, and waste time trying to find perfect matches for children of increasingly complex ethnicity.
Old people face the prospect of living in just one room this winter to save on heating bills.
The government has been accused of dithering over a decision to leave the Royal Mail in charge of a bank account used by four million pensioners and other benefit claimants – a judgment that could seal the fate of up to 3,000 post offices.