David Cameron: The five lessons I learned as the father of a disabled child – and intend to put into practice
My son Ivan was born with a profound disability, and my experience of looking after him has changed the way I see a lot of things – not just as a father, but as a politician, too. Samantha and I went on a steep learning curve. From that I learned five big lessons that have had a direct impact on what my party wants to do in government for those with disabilities and their families.
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Tories ‘will cut bureaucracy for carers’
Families caring for disabled children should be spared the ordeal of having to spend hours dealing with paperwork by being offered a one-off assessment of all their needs, David Cameron reveals today.
Unemployment hits 14-year high of 2.38m
Almost a million young people are out of work after the biggest increase in unemployment since Labour came to power.
Youth unemployment has soared to a 16-year high, with 17.3 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 out of work — up from 15 per cent in February. The Prince’s Trust said that a young person was losing a job almost every minute over the past three months.
O’Donnell warns of public service cuts
Britain’s most senior civil servant has warned of sweeping cuts in some public services to maintain spending on key government programmes such as those dealing with care for the elderly, obesity and climate change.
In an interview with The Times, Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, suggested that some departments would suffer more than others in the looming spending squeeze.
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Children’s authors outraged at school vetting plan
A prominent group of children’s authors and illustrators have said that they will stop visiting schools in protest against a new vetting scheme which comes into place in the Autumn.
Some of the top names in children’s publishing – including Philip Pullman, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake – have refused to register their names on a new government database.
New ruling on celebrity cases in family courts
Cases in the family courts involving celebrities’ children should be treated in the same way as those involving anyone else’s children, the senior family courts judge said yesterday.
In a test case on media access to celebrity cases in the family courts, Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division, ruled that the media should be excluded from a case involving a celebrity father or mother and a child.
Fears of a recession-fuelled crime wave
Burglaries are on the rise for first time in six years because of a recession-fuelled crime wave, official figures are expected to showThe annual recorded crime statistics are also likely to show further rises in drug and knife crimes, although the overall number of crimes is likely to have continued its downward trend.
Female prison officer says she was forced from job for being ‘too sexy’
A female prison officer has claimed she was forced out of her job being too sexy. With her allegedly revealing outfits and heavy make-up, Amitjo Kajla was popular with young inmates.
But she said she was bullied and harassed by senior staff about her appearance to the point she felt forced to resign.
Betrayed: Labour MPs abandon pledge to back Asperger’s sufferers’ bid to beat extradition to US
Labour MPs were accused of hypocrisy last night after abandoning Gary McKinnon in his fight against extradition to the U.S.
Dozens had previously given written pledges of their support to the Asperger’s Syndrome sufferer.
Parent’s fury at ‘laughable’ sentence for social worker who downloaded hundreds of child porn images
A social worker who worked with disabled youngsters has been jailed for downloading child pornography.
Michael Tombs, 33, downloaded the pornography while taking disabled children on trips to the seaside in his capacity as a social worker at scandal-hit Doncaster Council.