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News round-up 8/3: Labour's toughens immigration line

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Your daily media round up of all the key stories affecting local government

Immigration

The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has outlined a package of measures to restrict immediate access to welfare benefits for new European migrants coming to Britain that could be swiftly implemented, according to the Guardian.

In a major speech outlining Labour’s new approach to immigration, Cooper said the government was right to look at the area but says that specific practical proposals are needed instead of the current “frenzy of briefing and rhetoric” by ministers.

Labour’s decision to more than match the government’s attempt to tighten new migrants’ access to benefits and public services comes in advance of the complete opening of the British labour market to Bulgarians and Romanians at the end of the year.

 

Spending

Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls for increased spending from a Cabinet Minister yesterday, warning that there was no “magic money tree” to help to revive Britain’s economy, the Times reports.

Mr Cameron invoked the spirit of Baroness Thatcher to affirm the Government’s commitment to fiscal consolidation after an article from Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable appeared to call for increased spending on infrastructure.

 

Scotland

The Scottish government has been accused of “covering up” private fears that it would struggle to pay its bills if it broke away from the United Kingdom, the Independent reports.

 

Health

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to criticise the “coasting” culture of the NHS today, with more focus given to meeting key targets than delivering high quality care, reports the Guardian.

In a speech later today and delivered in the wake of Francis report into failings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust, Mr Hunt will warn Health Service leaders that it is not enough to deliver minimum standards.

 

Energy

The Government has provided a guarantee to a £225m plan to convert the coal-fired Drax power station into a biomass plant, as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s drive to encourage infrastructure, reports the Financial Times.

Meanwhile, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton is set to announce an independent body to oversee the Government’s strategic approach for infrastructure, working alongside existing body Infrastructure UK.

 

Equality

The progress of women in the labour market has stalled since the recession with the result that Britain is lagging behind in efforts to narrow inequality in the workplace, writes the Financial Times

According a report by PwC, UK women suffer a bigger pay gap with men than counterparts in other developed c

ountries and are less likely to be in full-time work.

Care homes

A tribunal has heard that a deputy manager of a care home in Manchester allowed staff to get drunk when they took residents on a trip to Blackpool, the Daily Telegraph reports. It says one resident, who suffers from dementia, went missing twice during the trip – and a care assistant allegedly got so drunk that he fell over. The hearing continues. 

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  • If TINA is resurrected does that mean humiliation for Cable who unlike 'mouth and trousers' Cameron is a proper economist.

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