Paying councils to take on public health duties and does it matter if Roma dominate the Big Issue sales force?

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The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is to pay local councils billions to take on responsibility for health improvements like cutting tooth decay in children, boosting breastfeeding and tackling homelessness.

After a Roma Big Issue vendor in Bristol won her legal right to be recognised as self-employed and therefore entitled to benefits, we're looking at the changing profile of Big Issue sellers across the UK. In some places 80% of vendors are Roma. Does it matter who sells the magazine? Does it change the mission of the Big Issue, which was founded to give a hand up to homeless people?

And - you've been tangoed! We look at the high price paid by Ascot after it slapped orange stickers on race goers who fell short of a new dress code.

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55 minutes

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Mon 23 Jan 2012 12:04
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