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Minister says the elderly SHOULD sell their homes to pay for care

THE elderly should sell their homes to pay for care instead of giving them to their kids, the social care minister has suggested. Jackie Doyle-Price said taxpayers should not “prop up people to keep their property” when it could be sold to look after them. Her stance comes despite Tory promises last year that people […]

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THE elderly should sell their homes to pay for care instead of giving them to their kids, the social care minister has suggested.

Jackie Doyle-Price said taxpayers should not “prop up people to keep their property” when it could be sold to look after them.

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Jackie Doyle-Price says the elderly should sell their homes to pay for care instead of giving them to their kids[/caption]

Her stance comes despite Tory promises last year that people could pass on the homes they “worked for and saved for”.

The comments were in a video from a fringe meeting at the Tory conference, the Daily Telegraph said.

Ms Doyle-Price said: “The taxpayer shouldn’t be propping up people to keep their property and hand it on to their children when they’re generating massive care needs.

“People who are now well into their pension ages are sitting in houses too big for their needs and we need to have conversations about what’s appropriate earlier.”

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The money used from selling their homes could be used to deal with their ‘massive care needs’[/caption]

The Government is set to publish a green paper this year setting out social care plans.

Ms Doyle-Price’s comments fuel speculation that ministers intend to look at the idea of forcing more pensioners to flog their homes.

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Theresa May’s race report is wrong… labels like ‘racial injustice’ do more harm than good

PRIME Minister Theresa May today urged public services to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds are treated. May’s call came as a government audit on Tuesday laid bare country-wide inequalities in schooling, the job market and justice system. Here, a leading educational adviser explains why he thinks the […]

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PRIME Minister Theresa May today urged public services to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds are treated.

May’s call came as a government audit on Tuesday laid bare country-wide inequalities in schooling, the job market and justice system.

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Theresa May has urged public services to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds are treated[/caption]

Here, a leading educational adviser explains why he thinks the report is unfair.

THE Government’s Race Disparity Audit falsely makes black people look like pathetic losers.

Too often we have statistics which are misused in a way which casts minorities as victims of racism and white privilege.

I believe it’s an attempt by the Tory Party to shed its Nasty Party image and the Prime Minister to place herself to the left of centre in her party.

Dr Tony Sewell says the Government’s Race Disparity Audit falsely makes black people look like pathetic losers

The theory goes that if you’re tackling racial injustice it makes you seem fair.

The Tories believe, “Labour have all the best tunes on this one” so they’re having a go themselves.

This report paints an overly pessimistic picture of modern Britain.

I’m not denying that racism exists but why should we think that race alone is the key factor when accessing public services?

For government ministers to use emotive terms like “racial injustice” without acknowledging the many underlying factors creates a false perception of victim status.

For example, the eight per cent unemployment rate for black, Asian and minority ethnic people compared to 4.6 per cent for white people hides the fact that many Muslim Asian women decide not to work but stay at home and look after their children.

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The report does not take into account the fact that many Muslim Asian women decide not to work and instead stay at home to look after their children[/caption]

It also damages ethnic communities’ trust in public services, leading to worse outcomes.

We now have a situation where many black males caught up in the justice system plead not guilty when a guilty plea would have meant a non-custodial sentence.

They’re going directly against the advice of their solicitors because they cannot trust the legal system.

Also there are high levels of crime against the person committed by young black men compared to their white counterparts.  This leads to greater custodial sentences.

The sense that institutions are working against black people leaves them with a sense they have no control.

In the race disparity audit, race in the arts is also examined. Recently many black actors have complained about opportunities for roles in the UK.

Some, like David Oyelowo, have gone to America and found great parts.

What is the real reason for this success? Is it because America is less racist? Do they like a British accent?

The answer is simple. Those black actors were classically trained, they can do Shakespeare at the drop of a hat.

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Black actors like David Oyelowo succeed because they are classically trained[/caption]

Basically, they are better actors than their African-American counterparts. That’s why they get the parts.

Another example is Eighties cultural icon Jazzie B, the founder of the collective Soul II Soul, who made millions of pounds from his very capitalist music enterprise.

He tells a story that during the Eighties when everyone was arguing about Margaret Thatcher he used one of her initiatives to make himself a success. She had launched the Enterprise Allowance Scheme to help the unemployed.

He used the money to buy speakers and turntables and the rest is history.

There are no examples in the audit of how black people like Jazzie B were able to buck the trend and break out of this maelstrom of being a victim.

This audit just whispers in the ear that the system is to blame and you can do little.  But in fact there is much young black people can do.

My own charity Generating Genius ends up with its black graduates having so many job offers that their biggest headache is which one to choose.

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Eighties cultural icon Jazzie B used Thatcher’s Enterprise Allowance Scheme to break out of the maelstrom of victimisation[/caption]

We work in the area of science, technology, maths and engineering.

Our out-of-school programme provides a pipeline to top university places and jobs in science and technology.

The secret of this success is based on linking our students with opportunities that exist.

These students have to cope with low-income backgrounds, poor career advice and massive peer-group pressure.

They are NOT facing a world that deliberately or indirectly is trying to trip them up because they are black.

In fact one of the things we do on our programme is ban “victimhood”.

No one is allowed to use race as an excuse for their problems.

We also steer them away from those negative influences that will lock them down into the small world of being a so-called “ethnic minority”.

Everyone in Britain has an acute sense of fairness and they don’t want to be accused of racism as many institutions were in today’s audit.

  • Dr Sewell is a former teacher who now runs the Generating Genius charity, which helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds study science and technology at
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Theresa May’s race report is wrong… labels like ‘racial injustice’ do more harm than good

PRIME Minister Theresa May today urged public services to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds are treated. May’s call came as a government audit on Tuesday laid bare country-wide inequalities in schooling, the job market and justice system. Here, a leading educational adviser explains why he thinks the […]

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PRIME Minister Theresa May today urged public services to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds are treated.

May’s call came as a government audit on Tuesday laid bare country-wide inequalities in schooling, the job market and justice system.

Getty - Contributor
Theresa May has urged public services to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds are treated[/caption]

Here, a leading educational adviser explains why he thinks the report is unfair.

THE Government’s Race Disparity Audit falsely makes black people look like pathetic losers.

Too often we have statistics which are misused in a way which casts minorities as victims of racism and white privilege.

I believe it’s an attempt by the Tory Party to shed its Nasty Party image and the Prime Minister to place herself to the left of centre in her party.

Dr Tony Sewell says the Government’s Race Disparity Audit falsely makes black people look like pathetic losers

The theory goes that if you’re tackling racial injustice it makes you seem fair.

The Tories believe, “Labour have all the best tunes on this one” so they’re having a go themselves.

This report paints an overly pessimistic picture of modern Britain.

I’m not denying that racism exists but why should we think that race alone is the key factor when accessing public services?

For government ministers to use emotive terms like “racial injustice” without acknowledging the many underlying factors creates a false perception of victim status.

For example, the eight per cent unemployment rate for black, Asian and minority ethnic people compared to 4.6 per cent for white people hides the fact that many Muslim Asian women decide not to work but stay at home and look after their children.

Getty Images - Getty
The report does not take into account the fact that many Muslim Asian women decide not to work and instead stay at home to look after their children[/caption]

It also damages ethnic communities’ trust in public services, leading to worse outcomes.

We now have a situation where many black males caught up in the justice system plead not guilty when a guilty plea would have meant a non-custodial sentence.

They’re going directly against the advice of their solicitors because they cannot trust the legal system.

Also there are high levels of crime against the person committed by young black men compared to their white counterparts.  This leads to greater custodial sentences.

The sense that institutions are working against black people leaves them with a sense they have no control.

In the race disparity audit, race in the arts is also examined. Recently many black actors have complained about opportunities for roles in the UK.

Some, like David Oyelowo, have gone to America and found great parts.

What is the real reason for this success? Is it because America is less racist? Do they like a British accent?

The answer is simple. Those black actors were classically trained, they can do Shakespeare at the drop of a hat.

AFP - Getty
Black actors like David Oyelowo succeed because they are classically trained[/caption]

Basically, they are better actors than their African-American counterparts. That’s why they get the parts.

Another example is Eighties cultural icon Jazzie B, the founder of the collective Soul II Soul, who made millions of pounds from his very capitalist music enterprise.

He tells a story that during the Eighties when everyone was arguing about Margaret Thatcher he used one of her initiatives to make himself a success. She had launched the Enterprise Allowance Scheme to help the unemployed.

He used the money to buy speakers and turntables and the rest is history.

There are no examples in the audit of how black people like Jazzie B were able to buck the trend and break out of this maelstrom of being a victim.

This audit just whispers in the ear that the system is to blame and you can do little.  But in fact there is much young black people can do.

My own charity Generating Genius ends up with its black graduates having so many job offers that their biggest headache is which one to choose.

PA:Press Association
Eighties cultural icon Jazzie B used Thatcher’s Enterprise Allowance Scheme to break out of the maelstrom of victimisation[/caption]

We work in the area of science, technology, maths and engineering.

Our out-of-school programme provides a pipeline to top university places and jobs in science and technology.

The secret of this success is based on linking our students with opportunities that exist.

These students have to cope with low-income backgrounds, poor career advice and massive peer-group pressure.

They are NOT facing a world that deliberately or indirectly is trying to trip them up because they are black.

In fact one of the things we do on our programme is ban “victimhood”.

No one is allowed to use race as an excuse for their problems.

We also steer them away from those negative influences that will lock them down into the small world of being a so-called “ethnic minority”.

Everyone in Britain has an acute sense of fairness and they don’t want to be accused of racism as many institutions were in today’s audit.

  • Dr Sewell is a former teacher who now runs the Generating Genius charity, which helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds study science and technology at
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Home Office calls for a review into whether or not to introduce air gun licensing — after a teenager died in an accidental shooting

BRITS may be forced to take out a licence to own an air rifle – after the tragic death of a teenager in an accidental shooting. The Home Office announced plans for an unprecedented crackdown, saying it was time to review whether current rules were “appropriate and effective”. Scotland has introduced licensing for ‘air weapons’ […]

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BRITS may be forced to take out a licence to own an air rifle – after the tragic death of a teenager in an accidental shooting.

The Home Office announced plans for an unprecedented crackdown, saying it was time to review whether current rules were “appropriate and effective”.

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The Home Office and Nick Hurd both agree its time to review whether current laws were effective[/caption]

Scotland has introduced licensing for ‘air weapons’ at the end of last year.

And a Home Office source yesterday refused to rule out a similar move south of the border.

In a statement, Police Minister Nick Hurd would only say the remit of the review would be set in the coming months.

He said: “This is an appropriate time to take stock of the regulatory position and assess whether the current controls, which are already strong, continue to be appropriate and effective.

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Air rifles and guns are available to purchase in the UK without any licensing[/caption]

“I think that a review of air weapon regulation is important and timely.”

The move follows the case of Benjamin Wragge, who died in May last year after being accidentally shot with an air rifle. His local coroner in Suffolk wrote to the Home Office calling for a review of the current rules.

Two months later, 18 month old Harry Studley was left with brain damage and limited vision after being shot by a pal of his Dad’s.

Jordan Walters, 25, was jailed for two years despite claiming the air rifle had gone off by accident when he was cleaning it.

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Police Minister Nick Hurd announced the remit of the review would be set in the coming months[/caption]

Harry’s mother claimed he had aimed it at the toddler.

The toddler’s local MP, Bristol South’s Karin Smyth, secured a Commons debate on air weapons on Monday night to raise her concerns.

Figures earlier this year revealed 26 BB guns and air rifles were among more than 1,300 weapons seized from children as young as five in schools in 2016-2017.

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Benjamin Wragge, 13, died after accidentally being shot in the neck with an air rifle in Thurston, Suffolk[/caption]

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