This afternoon, the Prime Minister Theresa May met Sinn Féin to discuss the recent progress in the final stage of negotiations with European Union. In particular, the Prime Minister reaffirmed her commitment to there being no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and no border in the Irish Sea. They discussed the need to restore the Northern Ireland Executive, the PM reconfirmed the UK Government’s commitment to its role in this process and that the Secretary of State for NI will be introducing legislation to ensure public services in NI will continue to be delivered. A Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister gave an update on the progress that has been made over the last few days with the EU and discussed the unresolved issues relating to the backstop.
Radio NZ News 1 July 2013Welfare agency Child, Youth and Family admits mistakes were made in its management of a couple found guilty of the serious neglect of their children. The 23-year-old woman and 25-year-old man, whose names are permanently suppressed to protect the four children, were sentenced in the District Court in Wellington on Monday. When police went to the Lower Hutt home in January this year they found the couple intoxicated and their children, then aged four, three, two and seven months, in a distressed state and in need of medical attention.….Child, Youth and Family’s general manager of operations Paula Attrill says the case highlights the need for better coordination of services for children. Ms Attrill says that at times social workers were overly optimistic about the parents’ progress and compliance with plans to address the children’s care. She says the focus was on getting the parents to make changes and at times the needs of the children did not receive the level of response that, in hindsight, should have occurred.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/213370/cyf-admits-mistakes-made-in-neglect-caseChild neglect happening under CYF’s noseNZ City 1 July 2013…The department was notified on multiple occasions, over several years, about the parenting of the mother and father, who were sentenced on four charges of neglecting their children on Monday…Hutt Valley Inspector Mike Hill said the local community was appalled by the behaviour of the parents. “This was not an issue of poverty for this family, these parents simply prioritised alcohol, drugs and parties ahead of the needs of their children,” he said.http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=169428&cat=1005&fm=newsmain%2Cnarts