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What happened to Britain?

1. Children being sent home from school for something stupid.

A FURIOUS mum claims her daughter was excluded from school on her first day back for her ‘extreme’ hairstyle – even though her blonde highlights are INVISIBLE.

Kelly Carney alleges 15-year-old daughter Faye Carney was banned from lessons and put in internal exclusion on Tuesday over the subtle £60 dye job.


2. Families being fined for taking children out of school to go on holiday.

As many as 90,000 parents were fined an estimated total of £5.6m in the last full academic year for taking their children on holiday during term-time, according to research.

Lancashire county council issued the highest number of financial penalties – 4,279 – in the 2014-15 school year, according to Santander bank, which received responses from 129 of the 174 local authorities responsible for education in England and Wales following a freedom of information (FoI) request.

The bank found parents were issued with an estimated £5.6m-worth of fines for unauthorised holiday absences – up from an estimated £1.5m issued in 2012-13, representing a 267% increase.

The Guardian view on term-time holidays: give them a break
Editorial: School holidays based on pre-industrial social rhythms are struggling to cope with the pattern of modern lives and the global consumer culture
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In 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) tightened up the rules, decreeing that headteachers could authorise absences during term-time only in “exceptional circumstances” such as funerals. Previously, heads had the discretion to grant up to two weeks of absence for pupils with good attendance records.

3. Benefit Sanctions killing people 

Nearly 90 people a month are dying after being declared fit for work, according to new data that has prompted campaigners and Labour leadership contenders to call for an overhaul of the government’s welfare regime.

Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that during the period December 2011 and February 2014 2,380 people died after their claim for employment and support allowance (ESA) ended because a work capability assessment (WCA) found they were found fit for work.

Ministers insisted that the data could not be used to link claimant deaths to its welfare reforms, but the figures focused attention on the government’s fit-for-work assessment process, which has been dogged by controversy in recent years.

Anita Bellows, a researcher with campaign group Disabled People Against the Cuts, said it would take time to fully analyse the figures, but added the group was “very worried by the number of people who died within two weeks of being found fit for work” 

4. Elderly people being killed on the NHS 

NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.

Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.
He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.

It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.

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