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Magazine article Public Finance

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Education experts and parents are being asked for their opinion on proposals to ensure that school trips are safer. The Department for Education and Skills' proposed Manifesto for education outside the classroom aims to improve the quality and quantity of outdoor pursuits or field trips. Launching the consultation, education minister Lord Adonis said: 'Schools already make good use of our extensive and widely welcomed guidance on visit safety, but we will go further in our manifesto by including key recommendations for safe visits.'

Constitutional Affairs Secretary Lord Falconer has encouraged ex-services personnel to acquaint themselves with their pension, health care and housing rights. A new leaflet produced as part of the Community Legal Services Direct scheme is the first time that such information has been collected together in a single document. Falconer said: 'We are determined to do as much as we can to help [ex-service personnel] when they find themselves in difficulties with housing, health, pension issues or other issues when they are back in civilian life.'

A London Assembly investigation has found no evidence to support MP George Galloway's allegation of election fraud in Tower Hamlets at the general election. The police told the Assembly's election review committee that they had not received any reports or evidence from Galloway (pictured). Committee chair Brian Coleman said: The slurs on the integrity of the electoral process in Tower Hamlets are disgraceful. …

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