Press Roundup Wednesday 4 August 2010

By Press Office
August 4, 2010

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:

David Cameron announces plan to end lifetime council tenancies
Council homes for life to be replaced by tenancies lasting as little as five years based on need and income

David Cameron: there will be light at the end of tunnel after spending cuts
David Cameron has promised that there will be ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ following the immediate spending cuts which are needed to tackle the record deficit.

Peace & War:

War against the Taliban being lost, says Zardari
The president of Pakistan increased the pressure on David Cameron as he arrived in Britain last night, claiming that the war in Afghanistan was being lost and warning against Mr Cameron repeating his criticism of Pakistan's intelligence services.

Amputations for British forces in Afghanistan
The MoD resisted calls to relesase amputation statistics, now they have, the conclusions are interesting. The number of British troops losing limbs to bomb blasts in Afghanistan fell slightly during the first six months of the year, after a sharp rise in such injuries last year.

Religion & Society:

Bloomberg defends mosque as a symbol of New York's tolerance
In an inspiring speech, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg says mosque to be built near Ground Zero is welcome

Hideously diverse Britain: What to do when an MP goes bad?
Kettering's Muslims angered by Philip Hollobone railing against the niqab

BBC to mark Pope's UK visit with documentary on clerical abuse scandals
Mark Dowd film to search for 'the real Joseph Ratzinger', while other shows will focus on John Henry Newman and the Vatican

Community & Family:

Mother and disabled daughter found dead at home 'refused help from social services'
A mother and her disabled daughter who were found dead in their home after refusing help from social workers were named yesterday by police.

Mental health: The invisible illness
Depression is still badly understood and its consequences often hidden - society, and medical science, needs a better response

Call for GPs to be more involved in maternity care
The care of pregnant women in England is being undermined by the lack of involvement of GPs, experts say.

Education & Culture:

Sats figures show reading standards drop for 11-year-olds
English and Maths standards rise, despite 16% of primary school leavers failing to reach expected reading level

Careers service may face big cuts, says Unison union
Careers services for young people in England are being slashed by up to 50%, which could lead to 8,000 job losses, the public services union Unison says.

Crime & Justice:

May scraps power to ban domestic abusers from victims' homes
A scheme to protect women from domestic abuse by removing violent partners from the family home is being scrapped by the Government as part of its drive to cut public spending.

People & Power:

Detainees begin hunger strike at detention centre
More than 100 people being held in an immigration centre were on hunger strike yesterday. Officials at the UK Border Agency confirmed they were "monitoring" the situation at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire after detainees refused food.

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