Poor Exam Grades Crush Young People’s Ambition, study says

A recent report in the UK showed that one in five youngsters have poor grades at school and abandon their ambitions as a result of this.

These claimed that they have more potential but they could not express it because of the problems they experience at home and at school.

The solution of this problem according to the government is a transformation of vocational education. A place has to be assured for each person at the age of 16 or 17 who wants education or training.

About a quarter of the people asked shared they would not have left school if their results were higher.

“Thousands of young people’s ambitions are crushed by exam results each year,” said Prince’s Trust chief executive, Martina Milburn.

She added that different institutions have to emerge their powers in order to manage to succeed in their initiative. In case things do not change thousands will stay hopeless and jobless. You can download  an apprentice contract template.

The investigation showed that young people with poor qualifications did not have the possibility to study at home. These mentioned that they had the desire to study and tried to do it but were under immense stress and tension at home.

The access to a computer at home is also among the most frequent reasons pointed out as a factor for low grades.

The shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said the government in fact did almost nothing in order to help young people who do not go to university.

“With A-level results out this week, we know many young people have high ambitions. But sadly, this government is holding them back by cutting careers advice, threatening school standards, and leaving nearly a million young people out of work,” he said.



Clegg Promises Review Of Zero-Hour Contracts

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that the effects of zero-hour contracts on the workforce will be checked by the business department. After these zero-hour contracts staff has to be ready to work as required despite of the fact that they have no guaranteed hours.Download your zero-hours employment contract template.

Clegg shared his view about the employers, from Sports Direct to Buckingham Palace, who had proposed such contracts to their staff. He said he assumed the responsibility that the business department would review the use of these contracts.

Discussions on the matter started not long ago because it was revealed that many employees’ lives were ruined because of the ever-shifting working hours and non-guaranteed wages.

At a conference at London Clegg mentioned some of the problems that could appear as a result of this practice.

“Families have to plan to pay bills – everyone has to plan for what their income is and what they are going to pay out,” he said. “That can cause very intense insecurity and anxiety indeed.

“The business department is looking at this over the summer to see if we need to make any adjustments. I am not going to second guess that process. I am very interested in seeing what evidence they come up with.”

He added there were no official statistics pointing out the number of people working zero-hour contracts but promised they would do everything possible in order to cope with the problem.

Due to data of the Office for National Statistics the number of staff signed up to zero-hour contracts is around 200,000, but soon it was revealed that all 20,000 of Sports Direct’s part-time staff worked with the same contracts.


Father of Clare Wood Calls for Rollout of Domestic Violence Law

After the murder of Clare Wood by her ex-partner, her father insists that the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) has to be rolled out across the UK.

This scheme would make it possible for everyone to get in touch with the police and check if their partner has in the past had any abusive offences.

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The number of disclosure applications the police has received recently is significant. Their number is 102 for Wiltshire and only 39 for Gwent.

According to Michael Brown, Clare Wood’s father, this large number of applications meant people needed the change.

“At present the trial is only being used in four counties, but in those counties we are having anything up to 100 applications so far,” he said. “If you multiply that by the number of police forces in England and Wales, that’s somewhere in the region of 4,300 people a year being helped.”

The man who killed Clare Wood had in the past committed many violent and abusive offences against women. Ms Wood’s father believes Clare’s law would have saved the life of his daughter, as at that time she had no way to find out about the past acts of her partner.   Polly Neate, from the Women’s Aid charity, commented that in her view Clare’s Law would not be helpful to most of the victims of domestic violence.

“Many perpetrators of domestic violence do not have a previous conviction, so a woman might find out that her partner does not have a previous conviction but that doesn’t always mean he isn’t dangerous.”

In the words of policing minister Damian Green the government had set aside £40m in order to cope with domestic sexual violence.


Legal Aid U-Turn Means Defendants Will Be Able To Choose Their Solicitor

There is a great probability that legal aid defendants in criminal cases would not be able to choose their own lawyer for the future. If they want they can also go for a fixed-fee legal advice online.

This plan appeared as an opposition to the idea of the justice secretary to cut legal aid.

In the words of Chris Grayling money could be saved as young and inexperienced lawyers are hired for legal aid cases. This meant that taxpayers would not keep on paying for a “legal ‘Rolls-Royce’” to defend the people who receive legal aid.

Critics, on the other hand, claim that less experienced solicitors could harm justice seriously.

However, critics pointed out that this would leave legal aid defendants in their access to justice.

Last Thursday Tory MPs declared that the state should be banned to choose a defendant’s solicitor or barrister.

The Commons Justice Committee chairman received a letter from Mr. Grayling in which he claimed he was ready to reconsider part of his plans on legal aid only if these could help to reduce legal aid spending.

“The rationale for proposing this change was to give greater certainty of case volume for providers, making it easier and more predictable for them to organise their businesses,” he wrote.

“However, I have heard clearly from the Law Society and other respondents that they regard client choice as fundamental to the effective delivery of criminal legal aid.”

He added he would think carefully once more and define whether clients receiving criminal legal aid have to be allowed to choose a solicitor or not.

The Law Society and Bar Council were both pleasantly surprised by the news.


Remove age cap on start-up loans

A proposal came from Lord Young, enterprise adviser to the prime minister, who said that British Business would revive if the age limits on the start-up loans are being changed. New conditions are expected to be included in their loan agreement.

The current age of limit is 30 years. Entrepreneur over this age should for the future be allowed to get taxpayer-funded loans so that they could start up a business.

When such loans started being floated the limiting age was considered to be 24, which will probably be stated into the loan agreement.

This was not the only recommendation of Lord Young in his Growing Your Business report. He also gave some suggestions on how to make it easier for small business to apply for £230m worth of public sector contracts.

Lord Young said: “Growing our smallest businesses would transform our economy – they are the vital 95%.”

He explained that the UK businesses would grow if given the proper possibility to. A good decision against the unemployment will come if half of the UK’s micro businesses took on an additional member of staff.

The principal policy adviser at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Hayley Conboy agreed with the mentioned report saying that if supported to grow smaller firms would become medium-sized ones.

‘Lord Young rightly identifies that the Government needs to earmark funding to effectively market existing finance and support schemes.’

Of course, not everybody reacted so positively to the new proposals. Graeme Fisher, head of policy at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), was not that excited as he stated that such schemes had to be carefully managed, otherwise they might not help the business but even confuse it more.



Confession of an Ex-police Officer on selling information

The newspaper Sun published detailed information about the mother of the footballer John Terry which information was provided by a former Surrey police officer who admitted having sold it.

The 40 years old Tierney pleaded guilty on the two offenses of misconduct.

Three other people pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office. These were prison worker Richard Trunkfield, another ex-policeman and a public official.

The decision of the court was that Tierney and Trunkfield were involved into corrupt payments so they were charged.

The place where the operation is being run was alongside Scotland Yard’s Operation Weeting.

Alan Tierney admitted he had sold information not only about Terry’s mother and the fact she had been cautioned for shoplifting but also Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and the case when he was cautioned for assault after an incident that happened to the girlfriend he then used to be with.

In his confessions could be heard the periods between 26 March and 3 April 2009, and between 2-7 December 2009 as periods of misconduct.

The former police officer was released on bail and his final sentence will be passed on 27 March. He was warned by Mr. Justice Fulford that “all options remain open”.

Mr. Tierney appears to be the second convicted under Operation Elveden as the first one was

ex-counter-terrorism detective April Casburn.

A former prison operational support officer at HMP Woodhill admitted he was paid £3,350 to give information about a high-profile prisoner.

He pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office but he will be sentenced at a later date.

There are legal reasons which do not allow the spread of information on the names of the second police officer and the public official.

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Legal or Illegal Immigrants

Many people inUKgot wrong calls from a firm working for the UK Border Agency. They were announced that despite the fact they stayed legally in theUKthey would have to leave the country.

The UKBA contracted Capita for more information about the illegal immigrants in theUK, with the intent to clear their cases.

Unfortunately, the firm made a huge mistake and contacted a number of people who already gotUKpassports or valid visas. These people were warned to get in touch with the UKBA immediately because they were no longer permitted to stay and work in theUK.

Contractor Capita apologized and said that the error probably came because of outdated files and summoned all these people to contact the Home office of the UK Border Agency and give correct data.

Capita and UKBA received numerous complaints and warnings.

Many of the affected people did not have the chance to contact their lawyers because their messages were being sent out over the Christmas period. Another suggestion for a forthcoming problem was the fact that the delivery of the news may have been dismissed if sent via text message because many people receive them as spam messages and do not open them.

In fact, many of those who are really illegal immigrants did not receive such calls. However, critics claim that even if these had got warning calls this would not have frightened them and made them leave the country.

The UKBA came with the statement that it “will enforce the removal of anyone who refuses to go home voluntarily”.

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Mis-Selling Culture Still Exists In Banks

Even after the PPI scandal A report by Which? showed again the fact that employees are under the pressure of banks to meet sales target leads to the mis-selling of products.

Among the interviewed were more than 500 sales staff from the UK’s leading five banks – HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays and Santander.

The results say that two thirds of the respondents claim the pressure is too much for them.

About half of them said that they knew a colleague who had mis-sold a financial product. Four in ten admitted they sometimes know products are not appropriate for certain customers  and feel under pressure trying to sell them.

The chief executive of Which?  Peter Vicary-Smith said: “This proves the need for big change across the industry and for bankers to put customers first, not sales. We’re calling on the banks to be much more transparent about their sales targets and incentives.”

The total cost for the banks due to the PPI mis-selling scandal is expected to rise above £15bn.

Yet in September banks were told to do away with the bonuses schemes used for encouraging sales of their products, and the result that 41% percent of those quizzed by Which? was a drop in available incentives. On the other hand, more than 81% said that they do not see difference in the pressure meeting sales targets.

A spokesman for the British Bankers’ Association said: “Selling people products they do not need is not putting the customer’s interests first and therefore is ultimately bad for the bank.

“The banks will be looking at the findings of this small survey – along with their own internal research – to understand why any staff might feel otherwise.”

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