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Magazine article Public Finance

Round-Up

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* Former Local Government Association chair Lord BruceLockhart has died of cancer at the age of 66. A former leader of Kent County Council, Sandy Bruce-Lockhart was LGA chair from 2004 to 2007, where he led the drive to persuade government to devolve more powers to a local level. He left to become chair of English Heritage. Kent MP Ann Widdecombe described him as an 'old-style Tory patrician with a social conscience'.

* Elderly people in hospital are going hungry because staff are not making sure that they are fed, according to a report from the charity Age Concern. The report surveyed 110 English and Welsh NHS trusts and found that 43% did not run protected mealtimes, when non-urgent work stops to ensure that patients eat. Age Concern's head of public affairs, Patrick South, said: 'Tackling malnutrition should be a top priority for all NHS trusts. Our evidence shows unacceptable inconsistencies across the country. It's shocking that many older people still find themselves trapped within a "postcode lottery of commitment" to improve nutritional standards on hospital wards.' A Department of Health spokeswoman said: 'We recognise that protected mealtimes are an issue.'

* Former Youth Justice Board chair Rod Morgan has claimed that the government is unnecessarily criminalising young people with cautions and on-the-spot fines where informal punishments could be more effective. In a report for King's College London's centre for crime and justice studies, published on August 25, Morgan said: 'The trend towards pre-court summary justice should more incisively be scrutinised to ensure that justice is being meted out fairly and effectively.' A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: 'The law-abiding majority want to see crimes dealt with effectively, and fixed-penalty notices and cautions are part of this process. …

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