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Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Ed Balls outlines action on NEETs
Balls targets NEETs with new education measures

Ed Balls has announced new measures to support young people in education or training, as well as sanctions for those that refuse to participate. The government is introducing legislation in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech to raise the school leaving age to 18. However, this will not take effect until 2015. This will be staggered with all… Read more »

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Govt rejects claim literacy no better than in 1950s
Govt rejects claim literacy no better than in 1950s

Multi-million pound efforts to improve literacy standards have not achieved any notable results, a review of standards has concluded. After assessing research from primary schools across England, the Cambridge University-based Primary Review concluded the “massive efforts” to improve results have had “relatively little impact.” Interim reports from its two-year inquiry show a moderate rise in… Read more »