- NEW LABOUR is retreating on its pledge to have free entry to all museums and art galleries. Museums that currently charge an entrance fee say the government's proposed 30 million compensation scheme would not cover the amount lost in ticket sales.
- CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown trumpeted his new tax relief plans on donations to charity last week. But the plans could benefit the wealthy. The definition of charity in the plan includes public schools, which can have charitable status. So the rich who send their kids to Eton will get a tax handout from Brown. Behind Brown's plan lies an attempt to increase the proportion of welfare provision borne by the voluntary sector.
- THE MAN in charge of Britain's prisons has admitted that in many jails there is a reign of terror against prisoners. Martin Narey says there is "a culture of violence" among prison staff in many jails. Narey slammed conditions at the Portland young offenders' institution on the south coast. "There was a very militaristic air about the place. The bleakness of the cells were unacceptable," he said.