Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'NATIONAL' SERVICE FOR ALL 16YR-OLDS; CAMERON OUTLINES RADICAL PLAN TO FIX BRITAIN'S BROKEN SOCIETY; PRIME MINISTER DECLARES ALL-OUT WAR ON GANGS; HE PLEDGES TO FIX LIVES OF 120,000 PROBLEM FAMILIES; Cameron Pledges to Curb Human Rights Culture

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'NATIONAL' SERVICE FOR ALL 16YR-OLDS; CAMERON OUTLINES RADICAL PLAN TO FIX BRITAIN'S BROKEN SOCIETY; PRIME MINISTER DECLARES ALL-OUT WAR ON GANGS; HE PLEDGES TO FIX LIVES OF 120,000 PROBLEM FAMILIES; Cameron Pledges to Curb Human Rights Culture

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent and Justin Davenport

ALL 16-year-olds will be called upon to do National Citizen Service as part of David Cameron's plans to fix Britain's "broken society".

After the worst riots in living memory, the Prime Minister also declared all-out war on gangs and pledged to turn around the lives of 120,000 problem families.

Thousands of teenagers already take part in the three-week summer courses aimed at improving confidence and skills with community work and activities such as abseiling, mountaineering and canoeing.

In the biggest test of his premiership so far, Mr Cameron stressed that he would not "shy away" from controversial measures following the "slow-motion moral collapse" in the country.

But Labour leader Ed Miliband accused Mr Cameron of "reaching for shallow and superficial answers" and repeated his call for a public inquiry into last week's riots. Questions were also being raised over whether the measures would be seen through. But in a speech in Oxfordshire, the Prime Minister signalled a fresh determination to root out social ills and insisted that the country should no longer tolerate "moral neutrality".

"The broken society is back at the top of my agenda," he said as he outlined a series of measures including: Tougher conditions on claiming benefits for the jobless.

Ending the "chilling effect" of the human rights culture in Britain and health and safety rules that damage society.

A new "family test" for government ?policies aimed at building stronger families. …

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