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News round-up 9/11: Medical fury at ditching of public health board

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

Public Health

Doctors have reacted angrily to the abolition of a ministerial committee set up to tackle public health issues, the Guardian reports. It says the cabinet sub-committee on public health was “hailed by the government as a symbol of its determination to tackle the causes of some of Britain’s biggest killers” – but has been scrapped just two years after it was set up

 

Housing

Grainger, the UK’s largest publicly quoted residential landlord, is set to enter the social housing sector as one of the first for-profit affordable housing providers, according to the Financial Times. The Homes and Communities Agency’s regulatory committee gave the firm the go ahead to become a for-profit provider, an idea first mooted as part of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 but which has taken some time to take off.

In other housing news, the GMB union is arguing that councils should be able to compulsorily purchase under-used holiday homes if there is a shortage of affordable homes in the area, the Daily Telegraph reports.

 

Child abuse

An unpublished report into child abuse at a children’s home in north Wales was suppressed by the former Clwyd County Council which was afraid its insurers would withdraw their cover for compensation, the Times reports.

The paper claims the report by retired social services director John Jillings found the council put its equal opportunities policy for homosexuals ahead of protecting children.

 

Recycling

Councils are increasingly sending household rubbish to the incinerators rather than recycling plants, the Daily Mail reports today.

The amount of waste thrown onto the fire shot up by almost 25% while the amount sent to recycling inched up a mere single percentage point, the paper says.

The figures were found in a report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

 

Adoption

With draft legislation designed to speed up the adoption process going to the Commons today, education secretary Michael Gove has made an urgent appear for people willing to adopt children from care to come forward, the Times reports.

With the number of children ready to be adopted rising 15% to 4,200 this year, the legislation will mean that issues such as race will not be allowed to put off interested families.

 

 

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