Children vulnerable to sexual abuse being failed by authorities, say MPs

Children vulnerable to sexual abuse being failed by authorities, say MPs Authorities lack curiosity about those in their care, warn MPs, amid claims of appalling treatment by abusers and agencies.
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News story: We can end global poverty by 2030 – United Nations report

An international panel, co-chaired by David Cameron, has told the United Nations that the world can – and must – end extreme poverty by 2030. The panel, who were tasked with looking at the best ways to reduce global poverty by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, presented its final recommendations today. In its report, titled […]
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Erratic US ‘weather whiplash’ cited as example of climate change

Frequent and intense weather events in the US cited in climate studies as series of natural disasters plague regionAmerica has some of the wildest weather on the planet, and it turns out those extremes – which run from heat waves and tornadoes to floods, hurricanes and droughts – carry a heavy price tag.Climate studies have […]
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Over-55s forced to cut debt repayments by rising cost of food and housing

Survey by insurance firm Aviva says typical living costs for people over 55 have risen by 3.4% since May 2012Rising living costs and low interest rates are causing over-55s to raid their savings and put less of their cash towards clearing debts, according to a report by pensions provider Aviva.The insurer’s latest Real Retirement Report, […]
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MasterCard and Visa battle it out with retailers in world war fees

The credit card giants may get a spanking from the regulator, but it is consumers who are set to be the real losersAre MasterCard and Visa ripping us off every time we make a payment using a debit or credit card? In a class action that makes the battle fought by Erin Brockovich look like […]
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Fire and rescue services in England should merge, says report

Fire services could slash costs by sharing stations with police and ambulance crews, says former chief adviserMinisters should consider replacing the 46 local fire and rescue authorities in England with a single national organisation – as has happened in Scotland – according to a review of the £2.2bn-a-year emergency service.Mergers, privatisation, staff-led mutual organisations, sharing […]
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DfID’s aid spend on contractors comes under scrutiny

UK aid watchdog gives development department green-amber rating, but NGOs concerned over private sector-led approachThe use of contractors to deliver UK aid is effective, but the arm’s-length relationship between the Department for International Development (DfID) and contractors, and a lack of strategic guidance on their use, reduces their effectiveness, an aid watchdog said in a […]
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Pru avoids pay revolt but 11% vote against remuneration report

Prudential bosses escaped a full-scale pay revolt despite shareholder complaints about payPrudential bosses escaped a full-scale pay revolt at the insurer’s annual meeting on Thursday but shareholders accused them of greed just weeks after the company was fined £30m by the City regulator.One shareholder told the board that combined pay of £33.4m for its seven […]
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