Society daily 09.09.13

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Today’s top SocietyGuardian stories

Young UK voters pro-pensions but anti-dole, study finds
Zero-hours contracts: 5.5m Britons ‘are on deals offering little guaranteed work’
NHS hospitals to start calculating ‘needless deaths’
Prisoners who have sex in jail face separation, commission finds
Hospital staff bullied into bad behaviour, survey finds
Julie Bindel: Gay Britons still face fear and loathing
Where is Britain’s Jesse Jackson?
All today’s SocietyGuardian stories

The pick of the weekend’s SocietyGuardian news and features

Hundreds of thousands of elderly people were abused last year
Beeban Kidron: ‘We need to talk about teenagers and the internet’
GPs must be proactive with older patients, says Jeremy Hunt
Lobbying bill U-turn after charities’ campaign – but unions still concerned
All Sunday’s SocietyGuardian news and features
All Saturday’s SocietyGuardian news and features

Jobs of the week

• Executive director, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: “You will be a strong leader with experience of directing and managing organisations, with the ability to generate high performance in others.”
• Deputy director of operations, Institute of Cancer Research
• Independent chair, Portsmouth safeguarding children board
• Commissioning officer, children and early years, Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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On the Guardian Professional Networks

Housing providers need to ask the big questions that are politically off-limits, writes David Orr
• Only 6% of people with learning disabilities have paid work, but council initiatives such as work trials and job shares can help, write Jimmy Flynn and Celestin Okoroji
• Improved access to GPs and other community services will reduce the burden on hospitals, argue James Kingsland and Graham Roberts
Community development finance initiatives: how do they work?
• David McGlashan explains the key findings from the latest research by the School for Social Entrepreneurs
• Serious breaches of the Data Protection Act will continue as long as warnings and guidance fail to find an audience, says Jonathan Baines

On my radar …

Lord Mandelson, who has been appointed high steward by Hull city council. Writing for the Guardian, John Harris says the role involves bringing back jobs to the area and steering a bid for city of culture. Harris writes:

Since the decline of its fishing trade in the 1970s, Hull has had rather a faded atmosphere, something increased by deindustralistion and, lately, the effects of the financial crash, symbolised by an apparently huge number of empty shops. Two years ago, it had the UK’s highest proportion of working-age residents who were unemployed, and issues of joblessness and the scarcity of opportunity are still palpable. But talking to people in the city centre, there’s also a sense of unlikely optimism, and the belief that we are now somehow over the worst. Whether this is based on anything concrete is a moot point – “In the paper, they say it’s getting better, and you have to think positive,” one woman tells me – but the feeling seems real enough.
In Britain’s boom years, there was regeneration and redevelopment here. For Mandelson, the big prize is the possibility of a wind turbine plant run by the German company Siemens, which he says is looking 80% certain.

• OneBIGidea, a new innovation network that aims to generate ideas to help councils “break out of their financial straitjacket”. The New Local Government Network says its network aims to linking local authority innovators with researchers, private sector partners and others. The NLGN is hosting a conference on tackling the challenges facing councils in November, and says:

… we can create a gigantic pool of intellectual capacity from which to address the challenges of the future. Crucially, we will apply this intellectual capacity to developing real ideas proposed by councils.
The goal is that oneBigidea should both generate three high level ideas for service reform and develop one of these into a clear business case that is implemented on the ground, with the learning shared widely across the sector.

• The Paralympic games legacy. Charity United Response has put together an infographic highlighting key findings of its research on the games’ legacy. While the vast majority of people surveyed said the Paralympics made disabled people more visible than ever before, there are concerns that one year on from the closing ceremony, that impact is fading.
Meanwhile, the Disability Horizons site has compiled a round-up of its bloggers’ highlights from “those 11 days of brilliant disability sport”.

Clare Balding and former BP chief executive Lord Browne of Madingley, who have been appointed patrons of anti-bullying charity Diversity Role Models. The charity was set by a former teacher following the death of a 15-year-old boy, who committed suicide after receiving taunts that he was gay. Its role models deliver pro-diversity workshops in schools across the country to counter stigma and stereotypes based on sexuality. Balding said:

I am delighted to be a patron of a charity doing such essential work with young people. You can change the law but it is attitudes that are at the heart of society… only by changing attitudes do we make real progress.

Other news

• BBC: Foster care myths ‘threaten crisis’
• Children & Young People Now: Council rejects community attempts to reopen youth centre
• Million-pound children’s charity fraudster jailed
• Independent: Families being torn apart by migration rules that set an income threshold
• Inside Housing: Tenant wins appeal against the bedroom tax
• Unison hits out at council low wages
• Public Finance: Civil service reforms face failure, MPs warn
• Telegraph: Bobbies on the beat ‘could become an endangered species’

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