Teacher Tracey Smith receives 70k compensation after she was unfairly sacked for pruning a tree

Teacher receives 70,000 in compensation after she was sacked for pruning a tree without a risk assessmentShe was also accused of handing out an inappropriate sanction to a childBosses at the secure children's unit said she didn't get on with colleaguesBut Tracey Smith was awarded the maximum 70,000 compensationShe is still jobless after being placed on the 'dismissed persons register'She says the suspension and sacking have 'destroyed her career' By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 16:09 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 24 January 2013 . A teacher has been awarded 70,000 compensation for being unfairly sacked over allegations including pruning a bush without following health and safety procedures. Tracey Smith, 44, was tidying up a courtyard and used a saw to cut back an overgrown buddleia.

An unfair policy that fails on every test

An unfair policy that fails on every test By Daily Mail Comment PUBLISHED: 23:36 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 4 January 2013 Unfair: The new plan makes a mockery of David Cameron's oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family On Monday, the Government’s wrong-headed, fiendishly-complicated plan to strip child benefit from 1.2million families will officially come into force. The Mail has long argued this policy – which will remove the benefit altogether from couples where one person earns more than 60,000, yet leave untouched a household in which two parents earn up to 50,000 each – is grotesquely unfair on mothers who wish to stay at home to raise children. It makes a mockery of David Cameron’s oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family, punishes aspiration and, as we reveal today, will disproportionately impact on voters in the Tory heartlands.

Money seized from drug dealers "should be spent on research into treatment" say campaigners

Money seized from drug dealers 'should be spent on research into treatment' say campaigners'Lack of leadership' a major factor hindering drugs policy moving forward 'Billions of pounds' spent on unproven policies, commission claims | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 31 December 2012 Millions of pounds seized from drug dealers should be funnelled into a new independent researcher in a bid to tackle the country's drug problems, campaigners said today. In a highly-critical report, the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) warned a lack of leadership and high turnover of ministers and civil servants were hindering progress. A new body funded by up to 10million a year in cash raised through the confiscated assets of drug-related crime is required to improve drug policy, the UKDPC said.

Three-quarters of doctors who are struck off in Britain are trained abroad

Three-quarters of doctors who are struck off in Britain are trained abroad Figures reveal majority of doctors struck off were trained abroadGeneral Medical Council figures show largest number were trained in IndiaStatistics have raised concerns at the training of doctors from abroad | UPDATED: 01:27 GMT, 31 December 2012 Three out of four doctors struck off the medical register this year were trained abroad, figures show. It means that those who qualified overseas were over five times more likely to be struck off than British graduates

And you thought your Christmas was dull… More than 1,500 people spend Christmas Day filling out their online tax returns

How dull must your Christmas Day be if you'd rather fill out an online tax return Maybe ask one of the 1,500 people who did | UPDATED: 18:13 GMT, 27 December 2012 While most of us spent Christmas Day enjoying good food and a well-earned break with family, some Britons were not so lucky. More than 1,500 broke off festivities on Tuesday to fill out their tax returns – an increase of 40 per cent on last year. And Christmas Day was not the only day to be filled with onerous duties, as thousands knuckled down to do their taxes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day too

Baby died between sleeping parents who drank before taking two-month-old to bed with them

Baby died between sleeping parents who drank before taking two-month-old to bed with themThe child, named only as Child W, had been born healthy in May 2011Midwives had warned the mother, who has not been named, against sleeping in bed with childA report was launched because the family were known to Social Services | UPDATED: 20:40 GMT, 11 December 2012 A baby died while sleeping between parents who had been drinking before they took the infant to bed with them. Midwives had warned the mother – who has not been named – about the risks of sleeping beside her baby – but she admitted she repeatedly ignored their advice. The details of the tragic case were revealed in a report to Coventry City Council