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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:
David Cameron promises tough action against benefit fraud
'Uncompromising' clampdown to increase penalties and claw back some of the £5.2bn lost to fraud and error
Support for Lib Dems slumps as voters fear party has lost its way
Liberal Democrat support has slumped to its lowest level since the start of the general election campaign as voters protest that the party has lost its voice in the coalition government.
Teenagers and young people are real victims of recession, former MPC member says
Teenagers and people in their early 20s are the real victims of the recession, according to a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.
House price fall fuels fears of double-dip recession
Fears of a double dip recession rose yesterday after the majority of estate agents reported price falls for the first time in a year.
Anger as Brussels reveals plot to levy direct tax on Britons
Tax collectors in Brussels are making a direct grab to get their hands on the earnings of British workers.
Religion & Society:
Rochdale shopping centre abandons 'Muslim-friendly lavatories'
Plans to install Muslim-friendly squatting lavatories in a British shopping centre have been dropped.
Fury over Richard Dawkins's burka jibe as atheist tells of his 'visceral revulsion' at Muslim dress
The outspoken atheist Professor Richard Dawkins has re-ignited the furore over the burka, describing it as a ‘full bin-liner thing’.
Education & Culture:
Liberal Democrats call for boycott of flagship free schools
Coalition heading for a potentially damaging split on education as Lib Dems describe Gove's free schools as 'socially divisive'
University clearing places 'to be slashed'
Thousands of teenagers who fall short of predicted A-level grades could miss out on university as the number of clearing places drops to a record low, it emerged today.
School staff get 1,700 complaints
More than 1,700 staff in UK schools were accused of misbehaviour by parents or pupils last year, figures obtained by the BBC reveal.
Seven students to fight it out for each place left at university
Leading universities are ready to put up ‘no vacancies’ signs when A-level results are published next week, with up to seven students chasing each place offered through the clearing process.
Ecology & Environment:
Solar panels and wind turbines to be installed on schools and hospitals
Solar panels could be fitted to the roof of every public building and wind turbines installed in hospital car parks under plans for local authorities to earn £100 million a year from generating green electricity.
Life & Death:
Large waist size linked to 'higher risk of death'
Men and women with large waists are at increased risk of dying young, a US study has found.
People & Power:
Young who fear 'dole destiny'
Survey finds young people from jobless homes are more likely to struggle to find work