Press Roundup Wednesday 21 July 2010

By Press Office
July 21, 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:

Reality of the Big Society dawns on Liverpool
Jonathan Brown visits one of the pilot areas for Cameron's flagship idea and is met by bemusement and trepidation

Coalition government is a nest of liberalism
Where can old-style Lib Dems rub shoulders with human rights-fancying Tories? The Ministry of Justice is the place

George Osborne 'has raised risk of double-dip' with emergency budget
George Osborne's emergency Budget has increased the risk of a double-dip recession, a powerful committee of MPs has warned.

Elderly may still face £20,00 death tax.
Fears of a £20,000 “death tax” loomed again last night after ­controversial plans were revived by the coalition government.

Peace & War:

Ministry of Defence 'living beyond means'
The Ministry of Defence must learn to stop "living beyond its means" and start budgeting more realistically, the Whitehall spending watchdog said today.

Former MI5 chief demolishes Blair's defence of the Iraq war
Tony Blair's evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry that toppling Saddam Hussein helped make Britain safe from terrorists was dramatically undermined by the former head of MI5 yesterday.

Plan to begin Afghan security handover this year dropped
Change at Kabul conference reflects US commander's belief Afghanistan is too weak to take control

Religion & Society:

Neil Collings: Visionary Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Neil Collings was the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 2006 until 2009. Although his time there was short, he built on the solid work of his predecessor, James Atwell, and made an impact not only in the Cathedral but also in the Diocese of Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and the county of Suffolk.

Community & Family:

Poor families hit by hidden budget tax credit changes, TUC warns
Technical changes introduced by George Osborne mean half a million low-income families could be £1,000 each worse off, unions group says

Education & Culture:

Minister urges unsuccessful university applicants to reapply
David Willetts says disappointed teenagers should do work experience or an apprenticeship and apply to university at a later stage

School buildings 'not fit' for learning, say teachers
Some 26% of teachers do not think their school buildings are an effective learning environment, a poll suggests

Ecology & Environment:

Homebuyers to pay thousands more in stamp duty if their properties not energy efficient
Homebuyers would be forced to pay thousands of pounds extra in tax if they buy a property that doesn't meet tough climate change targets, under plans being considered by the Government.

UK to open Earth observation hub
Science minister David Willetts is to announce a new UK centre for monitoring the Earth from space.

Life & Death:

HIV infection rates for over-50s growing quickly
Health Protection Agency warns that people over 50 are as much at risk from unsafe sex as the young

Twins that prove a baby can survive at 23 weeks
Together they weighed about the same as a bag of sugar and could fit snugly into each of their father's palms.

People & Power:

In praise of … the census
A comprehensive count gets much closer to the truth than any random sample

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