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David Cameron has announced that 400 more primary schools will be turned into academies with new leadership by the end of next year, the Times reports. In a bid to increase the number of failing schools taken over by academy sponsors, groups of academies will be able to bid for money from a £10m fund to finance the move.
The prime minister should establish a single, wide-ranging inquiry in to institutional child abuse in the light of the Jimmy Savile case and the re-emergence of allegations about north Wales children’s homes, the Times reports a senior child protection expert as saying. Jim Gamble, the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, said David Cameron had acted hastily in ordering a fresh review of the north Wales case.
Brent LBC leader Muhammed Butt (Lab), warns in a letter to the Guardian that many London councils have “no alternative” but to rehouse families out of their area because of the government’s welfare reforms. “Moving families out of the city and away from their communities is absolutely the last thing I want to have to do, but councils have been put in a terrible catch-22 situation”, the letter says.
The north of England’s economy risks falling further behind Scotland’s whether or not Scots vote for independence, according to a report from IPPR North. Scotland can offer better support packages and incentives than north England’s local enterprise partnerships, the Financial Times reports.
Meanwhile a £300m plan to expand the port of Liverpool and attract ships from congested south east ports is set to go ahead after a deadline for registering objections passed, the Financial Times reports.
Private companies which get public money to run care homes will be made “corporately accountable” for poor standards, care services minister Norman Lamb has promised. At present, care home staff and managers are more likely to be held accountable for abuse than the companies, executives and investors that actually profit from failing homes, the Independent reports.
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