Press Roundup Thursday 5 August 2010

By Press Office
August 5, 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:

Pension age of 66 within five years
The pension age could be raised to 66 within five years, far sooner than expected as life expectancy increases rapidly.

Housing minister says official count of rough sleepers is 'far too low'
• Housing minister launches new bid to tackle problem?• Old rules prevented many people from being counted

Liberal Democrats reject Cameron plan to end council house tenancies for life
Policy suggestion meets with intense criticism from Labour Party and tenant campaign groups

Budget cuts could break equality laws, Theresa May warned chancellor
Theresa May, the home secretary and equalities minister, warned the chancellor that cuts in the budget could widen inequality in Britain and ran a "real risk" of breaking the law, a letter leaked to the Guardian shows.

Religion & Society:

St John the Baptist's bones 'found in Bulgarian monastery'
The remains of St John the Baptist have been found in an ancient reliquary in a 5th century monastery on Sveti Ivan Island in Bulgaria, archaeologists have claimed.

Muslim women 'targeted by extremists' at UK universities
A growing number of young Muslim women are being radicalised by extremists while studying at UK universities, according to a Muslim women's group.

Community & Family:

Response to Baby P 'has pushed foster care network to the brink'
Britain's fostering system is being strained to breaking point in the wake of the tragic death of Baby Peter, and the system will collapse unless more carers are recruited, a leading charity has warned.

Education & Culture:

The great higher education squeeze
Universities will start the new academic year with thousands of unfilled places, despite turning record numbers of youngsters away because fear of swingeing fines for over-recruitment will prompt universities to cut back on offers to students

Council challenges decision to axe school building fund
A council which was told it would not get funding to rebuild nine secondary schools is trying to get the education secretary to change his decision.

Sex & Gender:

California's same-sex marriage ban overturned
A federal judge has overturned California's same-sex marriage ban in a landmark case that could eventually reach the US Supreme Court

Crime & Justice:

Don't deprive refugees access to justice
Closure of Refugee and Migrant Justice has left 10,000 asylum seekers without legal representation to fight 'culture of disbelief'

Ecology & Environment:

Climate deal loopholes 'make farce' of rich nations' pledges
New research reveals carbon emissions from rich nations could actually rise under loopholes in the proposed UN climate deal

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