Teens in care ‘abandoned to crime gangs’

As part of a special series of reports, Britain’s Hidden Children’s Homes, Newsnight has learned that – according to figures from the Department for Education – around 5,000 looked after children in England are living in so-called 16+ supported or semi-supported accommodation – up from 2,900 10 years ago. Children in care ‘unnecessarily criminalised’ Counting the kids in gangs Thousands of teens living alone ‘in care’ This type of accommodation is not inspected or registered by Ofsted, even though residents are in the care of the state. But because they are deemed to be receiving support, rather than care, the accommodation is not subject to the same checks and inspections as registered children’s homes. Local authorities can pay to place …

Nadiya praised for showing anxiety battle

Report End of Twitter post by @samthom90 Skip Twitter post by @NigelSlater Such an important and well made programme by @BegumNadiya Huge congratulations to everyone concerned. 👏👏👏💕💕💕 #NadiyaAnxietyAndMe #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek — nigel slater (@NigelSlater) May 15, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @ClaireShrugged In Nadiya: Anxiety and Me, which was shown on Wednesday, she spoke about her regular panic attacks and voices in her head telling her she’s not good enough. Report End of Twitter post by @BegumNadiya During her cognitive behavioural therapy, she traced her problems back to when her brother and sisters both had life-threatening illnesses as young children, and the severe bullying she suffered at primary school. Racist bullies would pull her hair out, slam her fingers …

‘I got morning sickness instead of freshers’ flu’

Shock still surges through me as I recall those two pink lines and my own, sharp inhalation. Pregnancy had been a question nudging the back of my mind. Now, it was a fact that I was spilling down the phone to my boyfriend, Jon, as he assured me we’d be all right. I started to imagine the baby: small, bean-shaped, criss-crossed by blood vessels. I knew I didn’t want an abortion, but Oxford’s libraries, with their exquisitely wrought doors and enforced silences, hardly gave the impression of being accessible to children. Later, a friend who had raised her baby during her master’s degree at Oxford told me how when sitting outside a library with her daughter, a man had shouted: …

Single parents lose benefits cap challenge

But lawyers representing the lone parents said housing benefits had been “drastically” reduced by the cap. They argued they should be exempted because of the difficulty for a single parent to find work and arrange childcare. Five charts on the UK’s benefits bill Benefit penalties cut Lord Wilson, announcing the appeal had been rejected by a 5-2 majority, described the legislation which introduced the revised cap as “tough”, and said the court had been faced with a “difficult” decision on the appeals. Lady Hale ruled in favour of the women, saying it seemed to be “a clear case where the weight of evidence shows that a fair balance has not been struck between the interests of the community and the …

VR used to help injured military personnel

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFlight Lieutenant Nathan Jones uses CGI tech to help him recover. “There is no hiding, you are watching exactly what is wrong with you.” Flt Lt Nathan Jones is watching each of his leg muscles moving, on a big screen at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), near Loughborough. Since injuring his back on a flight to Afghanistan five years ago, he has had three operations to repair nerve damage and has only just started to walk without a stick again. “For me to see what I’m doing is amazing,” he says. “It shows which muscles are firing. Image caption Patients have sensors attached to their body “In three months time, I …

Embattled buses – the ups and downs of an election staple

Image Copyright @JamesManning @JamesManning Report Report Report End of Twitter post by @afneil Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Everyone could see the Lib Dem battle bus coming in 2017 When it comes to the livery of a political bus, it has often been a case of the brighter the better. After all, when you roll into a town for a few hours before moving off somewhere else, it pays to get noticed. The Lib Dems, with their stand-out yellow imagery, have often set the tone – as their suitably lurid 2017 election version proved. The yellow, black and white colours could have been a tribute to Arsenal’s infamous away strip from the early 1990s. Image copyright Getty Images Image …

‘Boy-snatch threat’ moped gang jailed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe footage of the attempted robbery was caught on CCTV Members of a moped gang who threatened to hurt a woman’s three-year-old son in a “shocking” attempted robbery have been jailed. The mother was grabbed in June in Richmond, London, by a man, saying “give me your rings – I’m going to hurt your child and take him away”. She dragged her child into the road before builders chased the gang away. The gang of 12 were also involved in stealing BBC camera equipment from the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. The men were all sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Monday. Image copyright Met Police Image caption The gang attempted to steal cameras …

Hinduja brothers top Rich List for third time

British citizens Sri, 83, and Gopi, 79, who are based in London, are two of the four brothers controlling the empire. Among the properties they own is the Old War Office in Whitehall, which they hope to reopen as a luxury hotel. The two brothers topped the newspaper list in 2014 and in 2017. The list, which estimates the 1,000 richest people in the UK, is based on identifiable wealth including land, property, other assets such as art, and shares in companies, the Sunday Times says. It does not include the amount contained in people’s bank accounts. Brothers David and Simon Reuben – who made their fortune in property, carpets and scrap metal – are in second place on the …

How they compare – Brexit Party v Change UK

There are two new political kids on the block hoping to make an impact in the European elections in two weeks’ time. The Brexit Party and Change UK – The Independent Group both want to break what they say is the two-party stranglehold on British politics. But what else do these would-be political insurgents have in common and where do they differ in their attempts to make a splash? Leadership But he has always been the party’s driving force and is likely to remain its dominant personality and figurehead. His former party has accused Mr Farage of running an autocracy and things are likely to be much more tightly managed than they were during UKIP’s own often chaotic rise to …

When will Theresa May actually go?

But don’t let that fool you into thinking that the chances of Theresa May having to leave her job sometime soon are not very high. It’s hard to bump into a Conservative around Westminster right now whose conversation doesn’t quickly move to when, not if she will have to go. The timetable of when that might happen is being worked through, her rivals counting when and how their time might come. Number 10, though, wants to take another shot at getting its Brexit deal through Parliament, somehow. The talks with Labour go on, with no sign of resolution, but no sign of collapse. Somehow, senior figures in government believe the significant gaps between the two sides still could, if you …

Prodigy star took drugs before death

Image Copyright @the_prodigy @the_prodigy Ms Beasley-Murray said: “We will never quite know what was going on in his mind on that date. “I’ve considered suicide. To record that, I would have to have found that, on the balance of probabilities, Mr Flint formed the idea and took a deliberate action knowing it would result in his death. “Having regard to all the circumstances I don’t find that there’s enough evidence for that.” Fans ‘raise roof’ at Keith Flint funeral Keith Flint in pictures Mural to Prodigy’s Keith Flint ‘iconic’ The coroner also said there was insufficient evidence to record the singer’s death as an accident where he may have been “larking around and it all went horribly wrong”. She told …

Store slump hits shopping centre owner

Occupancy of Intu’s shopping centres fell 1.1% to 95.6% for the first three months of 2019, compared to the previous quarter, due to a rise in retailers going into administration or agreeing rescue deals, known as company voluntary agreements (CVA) with creditors. CVAs allow retailers to renegotiate rents at stores that remain open. Intu said it had been affected by the closure of some New Look Men and HMV stores. However, the company said that it was seeing new types of tenants paying higher long-term rents, such as Metro Bank opening up in Manchester Arndale, and the introduction of a “Market Halls” food court at Lakeside featuring food and drink from smaller independent businesses. “Despite the current operating environment, I …

University deadline charge ‘discriminatory’

“I’ve not extended my studies because I want to have some more time to do my work. It’s because I need it,” she explained. “It’s the one thing that would have made my life easier, given all the health problems I’ve got. “I’m trying my hardest to finish my work as it is – which has been pretty difficult.” The university’s policy states that students face a fee for extending their studies into a new academic year, even if they need the extra time because of personal or medical reasons – also known as extenuating circumstances. Felicity and fellow student Kayley – who have a range of mental and physical health conditions – were charged £50 for a three-month extension, …

Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending

Humans are the blending species, says philosopher of the senses Barry Smith, but what makes some blends work when others don’t? What does the skill of a good blender consist in? And is blending an art or a science? Whether your favourite drink is tea or coffee, champagne or Scotch whisky, you may be surprised to learn that what you’re drinking is probably a blend. Whisky lovers often prize single malt whiskies more highly than the blended Scotch that combines them, but even single malts will be mostly blends of spirits from different casks. The urge to blend, it seems, is everywhere, and it is also a distinctly human act. We alone go in for these repeated experiments of combining …