News round up: James Bulger; Sarah’s law; autism; care lottery

James Bulger’s killer ‘back where he belongs’

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has said killer Jon Venables is ”where he belongs” in her first reaction to news of his return to custody. 

Venables, 27, was recalled to prison last week after breaching the terms of his release from prison, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said.

Read more on this story in The Telegraph

‘Sarah’s law’ pilot raises revenge fears

Fathers raising concerns about their ex-partner’s new boyfriends are one of the largest groups applying for public disclosure of details of convicted child sex offenders under a newly completed pilot scheme.

Home Office ministers will today confirm the national rollout of the child sex offender disclosure scheme – known as Sarah’s law – to 18 police forces this August, followed by the remaining 21 forces across England and Wales by March 2011.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

New focus on adults with autism

Adults with autism are set to get the same access to jobs, education and good health care as everybody else following a pledge from government today in its first autism strategy for England.

Care services minister Phil Hope says the strategy is not about creating a raft of new services, but about reorganising those that exist to help people with autism better. “The success of the strategy will depend upon those existing services changing to recognise and respond to the needs of people with autism,” he says.

Read more on this story in The Guardian

Revealed: How pensioners are punished by the care lottery

The appalling extent of the postcode lottery of council-funded care for the elderly can be laid bare today.

Figures obtained by the Daily Mail show that you have three times the chance of having care paid for by the council in some parts of the country than you do in others.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

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