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Issue No. 2323

Tories make schools shrink

On average new schools will be 15 percent smaller than those built under the previous government.

Education secretary Michael Gove has issued new cost-cutting guidelines that make corridors narrower and ban things like curved walls and internal partitions in classrooms.

Man died after ringing 999

The inquest into the death of a 23 year old man has seen footage of him lying face down on the floor while an officer stands on his legs.

Jacob Michael called the police after telling his father someone threatened him with a gun. He died 45 minutes after dialling 999 in Cheshire in August 2011. The inquest continues.

Tories bring in ‘bedroom tax’

Under the Tory Welfare Reform Act, that will come into force next April, parents and children of the same gender will have to share a room until the child is 16. An “excess” bedroom will lead to a cut in housing benefit of 14 percent.

‘Fit for work’ but destitute

More than half of people stripped of disability benefits after being found “fit for work” end up destitute, a government report reveals.

The Tories claim the work capability assessments, carried out by Atos, get people back into work.

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Tue 2 Oct 2012, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2323
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