Regeneration in the newspapers: 21 August, 2009

A story on the widening achievement gap between state and private schools and news that London restaurants may be be defying the recession feature in today's pick of the newspapers.

Analysis of the national A-level results is widely covered in the newspapers this morning, with the Guardian carrying a report on the widening achievement gap between state schools and private schools. The paper says this could mean universities turn away a disproportionate number of state school students this summer.

A flagship government business scheme that aims to offer up to £5 billion to help protect suppliers from the collapse of their customers has to date only provided £7 million of assistance to 52 companies, according to a report in the Financial Times. The paper says the low take up of the Government's trade credit insurance top-up scheme is due to tight eligibility criteria and high charges.

The FT also carries news that London restaurants appear to be defying the recession, with the lowest rate of closures in a decade. The report says that restaurants closures in central London numbered just 64 over the past year, the lowest total since 2000, while the number of openings rose by 8 per cent on the previous year to 121.

In a comment piece in the Daily Telegraph, Andrew Pierce argues that the Duchess of York's TV Show the Duchess on the Estate was a cynical, patronising stunt.  In the ITV show Sarah Ferguson spent 10 days on the Northern Moor estate in Manchester and dispensed advice to its residents. Pierce says Ferguson had no right to pronounce on the "hard fought, ordinary lives of people who can only dream of the riches that have slipped through her fingers".

 


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