Care kids living alongside paedophiles
Children in care are being sent to live in a street alongside 15 convicted sex offenders in Margate. Children's Minister Tim Loughton said the children "need to be moved" while Tory MP for Thanet North Sir Roger Gale said that the police and social services know of the problems but added that: "there's a limit to what they can do." Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter is demanding talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson to tackle the issue of councils in the capital placing children to the county. He wants to limit the distance a child can be moved to 15 miles.
Sun p4, Mirror p5, Telegraph p11
Gove's free school project an ‘unguided missile'
A report out today by the Royal Society of Arts has suggested that Education Secretary Michael Gove's free school project is an ‘unguided missile' and states that there does not appear to be any reason behind where free schools are being encouraged or permitted. As a result, several have been set up in areas where there are no shortages of places while other local authority areas are in dire shortage.
Independent p11, FT p4
£36 million union bill for taxpayers
Taxpayers are funding trade union activists in the civil service at a cost of £36 million a year, Whitehall figures revealed last night.
Express p9, Mail p16, Telegraph p12
Old barns to become rock venues and cafes
Radical plans to boost the rural economy could see landowners being allowed to convert disused barns into shops, cafes and rock venues without planning permission. Planning Minister Greg Clark said the controversial idea would make it easier for firms to create jobs in the countryside.
Benefit cheat given 662 years to pay back thousands
A benefit cheat who swindled £40,000 from Durham County Council has escaped jail and has been ordered by a judge to repay it over 662 years.
Teacher made girl of five stand on table in class
A deputy head teacher used ‘excessive and inappropriate force' when she made a five-year-old pupil stand on a table in class and shouted at her, a professional conduct committee at the General Teaching Council for Wales found.
Telegraph p5, BBC Online
4 July 2012