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A House of Lords committee has warned that education secretary Michael Gove’s “adoption revolution” is “moving too far, too fast” and risks failing to provide enough support to parents who take on emotionally abused and neglected children, the Guardian reports.
The Daily Telegraph reports that more than half of English local authorities do not have a local plan in place to allow communities to set out where planning can take place. It says the Campaign to Protect Rural England has called on the government to delay the introduction of the new national planning policy framework, to give councils time to put their own local rules in place.
Lord Heseltine’s proposal for a single pot of economic growth funding of up to £70bn to be handed to local enterprise partnerships has been enthusiastically welcomed by 700 delegates at the EEF manufacturing industry conference, the Financial Times reports. The chancellor wants to make the proposal a reality but faces opposition from Whitehall departments who are sceptical about the capacity of LEPs to handle the devolved funding, the paper says.
As LGC reports today, Whitehall officials have been sounding out LEPs and councils about how the single pot approach might work and have been told a one size fits all approach may not work for all LEPs.
The government’s green paper on road privatisation has been delayed amid fears that the plans will anger millions of motorists, writes the Financial Times. The green paper will only sketch out the different proposals for improving infrastructure. It therefore remains unlikely that the coalition will reach an agreement on road privatisation before the 2015 general election.
The universal credit system is “in meltdown” according to the Labour party. The Guardian reports on shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne’s claims that serious IT problems have hit the scheme but also says the Department for Work and Pensions denies the claims.
The director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC will set out a national policy on child sex abuse, the Times reports. In a strategy to prevent “another Savile”, the package of measures will encourage prosecutors and police to look beyond traditional tests of an alleged victim’s credibility and consider surrounding circumstances.
NHS chief executive David Nicholson has “refused to resign despite admitting personal failures” over the Mid Staffs scandal, the Daily Telegraph reports. The Daily Mail’s front page brands NHS chief Sir David Nicholson “the man with no answers” and says he has “no shame”.
Meanwhile, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has “caved into pressure” by agreeing to rewrite controversial NHS regulations on privatization, the Guardian reports.
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