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Five Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Magazine article Public Finance

Five Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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Complementary therapy will not flatter to deceive

The government is to take tougher action to regulate practitioners of complementary therapies such as herbal remedies, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Followinga public consultation, Health Secretary Andy Burnham said he was 'minded to legislate' to ensure that all practitioners 1^ supplying unlicensed herbal medicines to the public in England were registered with the Complementary and Natural Heafthcare Council. He is considering putting similar measures in place for people using acupuncture treatment.

Primary care trusts are also be invited to participate in pilots to help determine whether alternative therapies can be integrated into the treatment and management of patients with chronic lower back pain.

Artist hopes sculpture will be faster, higher, stronger

Award-winning artist An ish Ka poor is to design a £19m sculpture for London's Olympic park.

The artwork, to be called The Arcelor Mittal Orbit', will consist of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel. At 115 metres high, the sculpture would be one of the tallest in the UK.

It will offer visitors views of the entire 250-acre Olympic Park and London skyline from a special viewing platform. Up to £16m of the project's costs will be paid by the steel company Arcelor Mittal. with the remainder coming from the London Development Agency.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the sculpture would provide east London with an internationally renowned attraction long after the games were over.

Mandelson says UK is built on bricks and mortar boards

The proportion of young people studying at university in England, Wales and Scotland is at a record high, according to figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The provisional Higher Education Initial Participation Rate for 2008/09 was 45%. …

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