Poor white boys ‘falling further behind’

Author: By Alison Kershaw, Press Association

Less than half (48 per cent) of male, white British 11-year-olds from
disadvantaged backgrounds reached Level 4, the standard expected of the age
group, in these subjects, according to statistics for 2008/09 published by
the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

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Gender pay gap falls to an all-time low

Author: By Sean O’Grady, Economics Editor

The ONS said that, since 1997, the ?gender gap? between the typical pay of a
man and a woman in full time work has fallen to 12.2 per cent ? still a
source of injustice but much lower than the 17.4 per cent it stood at in
1997, and much bigger disparities before then. The ONS add that, since last
year, the gender gap has narrowed for full time and part time work. Indeed,
women are typically earning more than men in part time jobs ? 2 per cent
more, though that is down from a gap high of 3.7 per cent seen last year,
that is in favour of female employees.

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Mortgage rates fall back but 100 per cent deals are dead

Author: By James Daley

However, it is now only home owners who have a minimum 25 per cent of equity in their properties, who qualify for the best rates, with many first-time buyers having to pay much higher rates than they would have last year.

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Hamish McRae: Cuts hurt ? but they can offer us an opportunity to do things better too

Bizarrely, our Prime Minister is apparently using the G20 summit as a platform
to call for other governments to cut their spending, which is odd because we
have the largest deficit relative to the size of the economy of any major
developed nation. Most other countries could expand their deficit further
next year if they wanted to, whereas we self-evidently cannot. I assume
Gordon Brown is seeking some kind of political cover for a forced U-turn on
policy, but, if so, it is pretty thin.

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Teens quit networking but comms stay strong

Author: By Nick Clark

Ofcom, the media regulator, found social networking is growing more slowly, and among the 15 to 24 age group those with a profile fell five percentage points from the end of March last year to 50 per cent in 2009.

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David Prosser: Bernanke still a candidate for the chop

Mr Bernanke’s view is that an American recovery will be modest at best this year and next, yet he was at pains yesterday to stress that this will not necessarily preclude a reversal of the stimulus strategy. Interest rates may remain at their current historic low levels for some time, he said, but the Fed has already done a great deal of work on how they might be raised.

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