Press Roundup Monday 12 July 2010

By Press Office
July 12, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced daily and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids.

Economy & Politics:

Osborne's cap on housing benefits will 'drive poor families into ghettos'
Coalition's welfare cuts will combine with joblessness and home repossessions to leave thousands homeless, charities predict

Mandelson memoir sparks Labour Party infighting
Senior Labour figures pleaded for calm yesterday as the imminent publication of Peter Mandelson's memoirs

John Bercow suggests giving wayward MPs the red card from the Commons' Chamber
Lord Mandelson has been accused of distracting from Labour’s leadership campaign by publishing his memoirs just as members are choosing their next leader.

GPs 'to get control of NHS funds' in England
GPs should have responsibility for much of England's NHS budget, proposals being put forward on Monday will suggest.

Religion & Society:

Women bishops: what God would want
If Rowan Williams resolves the row over women bishops, the Church of England can give society a lesson in co-existence

Church on brink of schism as synod votes for women bishops
For much of the past decade, the issue of women bishops has threatened to tear apart Britain's state religion.

Places of worship could make £29m a year from solar panels, British Gas claims
Places of worship could make as much as £29million a year by generating “green” energy through solar panels on their roofs, according to British Gas

Education & Culture:

Cameron 'dreads' sending kids to an inner-city school
The Prime Minister said he understood why some parents decided to "break the bank" to pay for a private education because of the low standards of many comprehensives.

Council forces schools to rearrange exams and cancel lessons to avoid offending Muslims during Ramadan
Schools are being urged to rearrange tests, cancel swimming lessons and stop sex education to avoid offending Muslims during Ramadan

Crime & Justice:

Gatwick deportation centre 'not safe'
Bullying and violence serious problems at immigration centre, says report by chief inspector of prisons

Probation watchdog: serious crimes may be price to pay for cutting cost of justice
Murders and other serious crimes committed by prisoners released early from jail may have to be “accepted” by the public as part of attempts to keep down the cost of the criminal justice system, the probation watchdog suggested
Iran Halts stoning for ‘time being’
The controversial death sentence by stoning for an Iranian woman convicted of adultery will not be implemented for now, a judicial official has said.

Ecology & Environment:

Soulless corporations are the enemy of the environment,' says Pavan Sukhdev
It is up to society and its leaders to ensure that companies do not become cancerous, says leading UN official

Inquiry long overdue, says environmentalist Porritt
The population inquiry is long overdue, says Sir Jonathon Porritt, who until last year was the Government's chief environmental adviser as head of the Sustainable Development Commission.

Life & Death:

Recipe to ward off Alzheimer's: Tea, coffee, walnuts, keeping fit (and a spot of sunshine) all cut memory loss
Scientists say that drinking tea or coffee, eating walnuts, taking regular exercise and spending time in the sun could all help prevent the disease

People & Power:

MPs gain £130 expenses by talking until 1am
MPs have been accused of exploiting new expenses rules by prolonging a debate past 1am in order to claim up to £130 each for staying in hotels.

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