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A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced daily by George Fitzherbert-Brockholes, and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids
Economy & Politics:
Banks ignore pleas and cut loans to the real economy again
Despite attempts by the Government and the Bank of England to encourage the banks to lend to the "real economy", the supply of credit to businesses is still shrinking, while the supply of mortgages is only crawling ahead.
Tory poll revolt grows: 54 rebels plan to scupper referendum on voting system
The Tory backbench rebellion against electoral reform gathered pace yesterday, amid renewed claims that David Cameron was bounced into promising a referendum on the alternative vote system.
David Miliband attacks 'loudmouth' Cameron over Pakistan comments
Former foreign secretary criticises PM for warning that Pakistan 'should not be allowed to promote the export of terror'
Conservatives: come off benefits and we'll make work pay
Jobless people who choose to come off benefits and go to work will no longer lose out financially under the biggest shake-up of the welfare system for decades.
Peace & War:
Osborne rebukes Fox over Trident
Patrick Coburn: 'We need to talk to the Taliban'
David Cameron's controversial attack on the links between the Taliban and the Pakistani military misses the point. Those links are our only hope of solving this conflict, argues Patrick Cockburn
Religion & Society:
Head of Oxford Jewish centre 'astonished' by Christian's discrimination claim
The head of an Oxford University centre for Jewish studies said he was “astonished” when a lecturer claimed she was discriminated against for converting to Christianity
Community & Family:
Divorce ruling creates a 'cheat's charter'
Feuding couples who do not want their spouses' lawyers finding out how rich they are have won a landmark legal ruling.
Number of UK children taken overseas by a parent rises
The number of British children abducted by a parent and taken overseas has increased in the past year.
Education & Culture:
Most primary school exclusions for assault
More than 1,000 four-year-olds have been excluded from school in a year, official figures revealed yesterday.
Born too late: age ruins GCSE results for 10,000 pupils a year
Department for Education research shows August-born children do consistently worse than older classmates
Blow for academies policy as only 153 schools apply
Fewer than one in 12 of the schools which registered an interest in becoming academies have gone ahead with the plan.
A-level overhaul 'could damage maths'
Major reforms of A-levels will lead to a “collapse” in the number of children studying mathematics to a high standard, according to teachers.
People & Power:
Default retirement age: No longer up to the job
It has become steadily more difficult to justify in law, and yet it has survived till now because employers have been desperate to keep it
Complex benefits system to be replaced by one payment
Britain's complex system of benefits will be swept away and replaced with a single payment to claimants under plans being trumpeted by the Government as the biggest welfare shake-up for decades.