Regeneration in the newspapers: 19 August 2009

Reports of a social divide in UK schools and claims that anti-social behaviour orders are failing are among the stories featuring in our round-up of today's newspapers.

State schools in poorer areas are less likely to enter students for A-levels in traditional academic subjects, according to the Independent. The paper reports on research carried out for the Conservative Party, which claims schools in deprived areas are rejecting subjects such as maths, history or science in order to boost their league table positions.

Meanwhile, the Independent also reveals how a record number of 16 to 24-year-olds are not in training or employment. It reports that 959,000, or one in six young adults are now classed as ‘Neets' - not in education, employment or training.

A high-speed rail link between Yorkshire and London could bring the region £33 billion in economic benefits, according to a report in the Yorkshire Post. The paper draws on a study by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which was commissioned after the Government announced plans to investigate high-speed rail services linking Birmingham and Manchester to London, but not Sheffield or Leeds.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the number of anti-social behaviour orders has fallen sharply because around 80 per cent of recipients of the orders ignore them. The paper quotes comments by shadow home secretary Chris Grayling claiming that Labour's main weapon against troublemakers has "failed".

Edinburgh is the city most Britons would like to see before they die, according to a report in the Scotsman. The Scottish capital tops a poll carried out by the hotel firm Travelodge covered in the paper, beating off rivals such as Bath and London.



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