News in Brief

25 June 2009

Registered: Denmark Street conservation area, in Camden, London, showing the Grade I-listed Henry Flitcroft church, St Giles-in-the-Fields. The area is among the one in seven conservation areas listed as at risk in the latest edition of English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register, published on Tues

Registered: Denmark Street conservation area, in Camden, London, showing the Grade I-listed Henry Flitcroft church, St Giles-in-the-Fields. The area i...

CUF offers grants to fight recession

THE Church Urban Fund (CUF) is offering grants of up to £5000 to people who want to start church-based job clubs to combat the recession. Clubs that provided facilities, support, and advice had diminished during healthy economic times, a CUF spokesman said, but there was now “a desperate need for them in many areas”.

Rabbi warns of new strain of anti-Semitism

THE WORLD is in the grip of a virulent new strain of anti-Semitism, the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, says in his new book, Future Tense (Hodder & Stoughton). The book warns of new waves of attacks on Jews in Britain because of their often-perceived support for Zionism and the military activities of Israel. One rabbinical student, who was “lucky to be alive”, had been stabbed on a bus in Stamford Hill, north London. The assailant reportedly said: “Israel is persecuting us so I decided to persecute him.” The Chief Rabbi told The Times in April that the Government should be tougher about expelling Islamic extremists from Britain.

Nurse quits job over crucifix ban

A NURSE responsible for taking patients’ blood samples, Helen Slatter, who was ordered to take off her crucifix and keep it in her pocket by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust. It could harbour infection or be grabbed by patients, the Trust said. Ms Slatter has left her job rather than comply. She argued that, as she wore it under her uniform, it could pose no risk. “I am not willing to stop wearing it, so I have been left with no choice but to leave my job,” she told the press on Tuesday.

Learn lessons of bail project’

THE Children’s Society and the human-rights charity Bail for Immigration Detainees said this week that a pilot project, A2D (Alternatives to detention) had failed. The project, aimed at housing families with children at a centre at Millbank, Kent, rather than in custody, while they awaited deportation, had failed because of poor planning. Families that could never have used the scheme had been referred to A2D. As a result, it was under-used. “It is vital that the UK Border Agency should use the lessons from Millbank to inform all future projects,” said Lisa Nandy, policy adviser at the Children’s Society.

Poll shows public avoids collectors

TWO-THIRDS of the people surveyed about their charitable donations would rather cross the road than give to “chuggers”, people collecting for charity on the pavement. The poll of more than 2000 people was carried out by Leap Anywhere, a website that encourages people to advertise charitable actions. It found that more than a quarter had lied to collectors, saying that they had already made a donation or had already bought a Big Issue. A third were giving less time and money to charity than a year ago.

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