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Issue No. 2371

Sexual health suffers cuts 

Cuts to sexual health services will send the number of sexual diseases and unplanned pregnancies soaring according to charities.

The Family Planning Association and Brook added that cuts could also add over £136 billion to the public health bill.

Ten years jail if you ‘overclaim’

People suspected of “overclaiming” benefits can now be charged under the Fraud Act—and face up to ten years in prison.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer announced the change this week. There was no similar clampdown on rich firms that avoid tax.

Serco guards under fire

Guards from the private security firm Serco that runs the Yarl’s Wood detention centre near Heathrow airport have been accused of inappropriate sexual contact.

The company denies the charges. However, three staff members were sacked for similar charges in 2012. 

Files show MI5 knew of abuse

An evidence dossier which went missing in 1977 has emerged. 

It shows MI5 covered up the abuse of boys by Lib Dem MP Cyril Smith. The spooks were keen to protect the fragile Liberal-Labour coalition of the time.

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Tue 17 Sep 2013, 16:06 BST
Issue No. 2371
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