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The Financial Times reports that the optimism that followed the publication of third quarter GDP figures two weeks ago has dissipated with a range of disappointing data releases indicating a less positive picture as the government heads towards the Autumn Statement, “Surveys of the manufacturing, construction and service sectors in the past week have pointed to worsening business conditions, industrial production has taken a tumble and the retailers’ trade association has said September was a “false dawn” for the country’s high streets,” the paper reports.
Child abuse allegations
The government has announced two new reviews into how complaints were dealt with by the police and the subsequent inquiry into child abuse allegations at children’s homes in north Wales, the Guardian reports.
With nine inquiries underway following a stream of allegations of child abuse across a number of institutions, the Independent writes that home secretary Theresa May has left the door open for “a full, wide-ranging public inquiry into the array of claims about child abuse”.
The Daily Telegraph reports on the “tricks” used by top schools to prevent disruptive children from being admitted, claiming some are “effectively blacklisting” children. It says Nigel Utton, head of a Kent primary school, told a conference that some schools identified disruptive children at local nurseries and effectively blocked their applications by “alienating” their parents or giving them a bad impression of the school.
Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that a high court judge has ordered an “urgent” hearing of a legal challenge over the summer’s English GCSE marking controversy.
Britain faces a brain drain as professionals leave the country to pursue better lives overseas, the Daily Telegraph leads with today. Research by the Home Office has found that almost half of all Britons who emigrate are professionals and company managers; a fact that could threaten the country’s supply of highly- skilled workers.
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