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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:
Ukip leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch to step down
UK Independence Party leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch is to stand down from his position, the party's chairman said today.
Green taxes could treble by 2020, costing taxpayers more than £16billion a year
Taxes to pay for contentious climate change policies are set to treble over the next decade, soaring to more than £16billion a year.
Pensions 'less than half the minimum standard of living'
Pension pots have continued to shrink alarmingly in the past month, leaving 65-year-olds with half the amount they need for an adequate standard of living in retirement, analysts said yesterday.
Nick Clegg: 'Trident replacement makes welfare cuts harder to justify'
Spending “huge, huge” sums to replace the Trident nuclear weapon will make it harder for ministers to justify cuts in spending in areas like welfare, Nick Clegg has said
Nick Clegg reopens migrants row as he dismisses coalition plans to introduce cap on immigration
Nick Clegg reopened a Coalition rift yesterday by dismissing flagship plans to bring in a cap on immigration.
Peace & War:
Tony Blair's memoirs to provide largest ever donation for Royal British Legion
Former PM's motives behind gift questioned, but windfall will be Royal British Legion's biggest ever
Robert Gates dismisses Gen Petraeus suggestion that withdrawal from Afghanistan can be postponed
Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, has put himself at odds with the country's top commander in Afghanistan by ruling out any delay in the start of troop withdrawals next year.
Religion & Society:
Should the Catholic church scrap its celibacy rule?
It is estimated that 1,000 people in Britain and Ireland are the children of Catholic priests
Villagers furious over 'born-again Christian' camp
Residents of a picturesque village have been left powerless to evict hordes of travellers from a field because the group claims it is holding a Christian festival.
Community & Family:
Britain's senior midwife criticises 'misogynistic' attacks on home births
Doctors are putting pressure on pregnant women not to ask for home births in a “misogynistic” campaign based on flawed evidence, the country’s most senior midwife said.
Education & Culture:
Local authorities and schools losing track of children, claims Ofsted
Survey of 15 LEAs by education watchdog reveals none of them are confident they know about all children living in their area
Councils 'failing to protect children'
All councils are failing in their legal obligation to ensure the safety of every child who lives in their area, a report by inspectors warns.
Sex & Gender:
Gay marriages halted in California
A federal appeals court has put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.
Registrars 'refused to run gay ceremonies’
Two registrars are being investigated after allegedly refusing to conduct same-sex partnership ceremonies because they went against their religious beliefs
Crime & Justice:
Legal aid cuts put access to justice at risk, say lawyers
Critics of shake-up say changes are devastating for smaller practices, where specialists in family law are often found
Drugs law review backed by former RCP president
Decriminalising drug use could drastically reduce crime and improve health, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Physicians has said.
Ecology & Environment:
Green prison: Where security meets ecology
A green prison sounds unlikely - especially in the US. But a ground-breaking facility in America wants to improve the environment as well as crime rates.