News digest 19 August 2013

News digest 19 August 2013

19 August 2013

Today’s digest opens with the latest on pressure for families as research by the Child Poverty Action Group has said the Con-Dem cuts are making it even harder for parents to get by. The latest data shows the cost of raising a child has risen by a four per cent to £160 a week in the past year – or almost three times the level of the rise in wages. The research shows that the total cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 is £148,000 and with someone working full time on the minimum wage earning just £12,800 a year, the squeeze is getting ever harder. The front of the Times splashes with an attack on the Con-Dem government for failing families by the outgoing chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, and many of the papers also cover the rapid rise in demand for food banks, the Sun puts it simply as 78 per cent rise in ‘desperate Brits’ as people struggle to feed their families, and this is despite the rise in employment which has hit a new high of 24.1 million, up 1.3 million in the past three years. The question is what type of employment, especially as the furore over the epidemic of employees working on zero hours contracts continues to hit the headlines. It’s time for action on employment rights.

And talking of employment rights the front page of the Guardian reveals yet more police spying on activists, this time on trade union members, with the details passed on to the controversial Consulting Association, a clandestine blacklisting agency that unlawfully stored secret files on thousands of workers. At least the consulting association has been wound up, but sadly blacklisting in industry is still going on.

And there also seems to be a focus on attacking unions in some of the papers. Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun goes off on one attacking charities as being nothing but a front for the Labour party and unions, Geoffrey Wheatcroft in the Guardian picks up on the fisticuffs over Falkirk and Dan Hodges in the Telegraph launches straight for Labour leader Ed Miliband, arguing the less we see of Miliband the better. However, there is the start of a fight back from Miliband’s team with Chuka Umunna saying the party will be turning up the volume. Ignoring the echoes of Iain Duncan Smith the above shows there is a lot that Labour could say, it’s time to get down to the detail and challenge the Con-Dems head on, all the more important as the front page of Telegraph says Cameron is laying out his plans for a second coalition with the Lib Dems after 2015.

Finally the front page of the Independent again focuses on another Cameron failing as the prime minister is condemned over his ‘ridiculous’ reforms for the lobbying industry. MP Graham Allen who leads the select committee looking at the reforms has called the proposals a “useless dog’s breakfast” which should be postponed rather than rushed through parliament. Sadly it looks like he will be ignored, after all Cameron will want to ensure that what is effectively the ‘Let Lynton lobby’ bill gets through…

 Morning Star

  • Bridgewater post strike gets boost from Unite (p1) – Unite/Tony Burke cited
  • Parents struggle with rising costs of raising children (p2)
  • Edinburgh shows fascist fringe its not welcome (p3)
  • Food bank enquiries soar 78 per cent (p3)
  • Prescott: new Labour chaff needs to be thrown out (p5)
  • How to control the zero hours epidemic – Keith Ewing (p9)

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Labour bigwigs give Ed belting (p1/6)
  • Private sector employment at new high (p2)
  • Royal Societies for pals of Labour party – Trevor Kavanagh [attacks charities] (p8)
  • 78 per cent food bank rise (p15)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tories have let families down, says faith leader (p1)
  • Miliband must turn to old hands, Labour peer says (p8)
  • HS2 cost to double (p17)
  • Labour’s former chess champion [Rachel Reeves] challenges Ukip to match (p20)
  • Bosses ready for spending spree (p35)
  • SME wait for banks to ease purse strings (p41)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • New head of financial crime unit quits (p1)
  • Labour criticises ‘rip off’ pensions (p2)
  • HS2 costs likely to hit £80 billion (p3)
  • Lloyds set to sell German life cover unit (p14)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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