Mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a 13th birthday present, RoboCop mayor claims as he says EACH problem family costs taxpayers up to…

Mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a 13th birthday present, RoboCop mayor claims as he says EACH problem family costs taxpayers up to 600,000Children should be 'targeted in the womb to stop problems', Ray Mallon said Former detective was speaking out about problem families in Middlesbrough He said one household was costing the public purse 600,000 a year By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 18:17 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:45 GMT, 12 March 2013 A mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a present for her 13th birthday, it emerged last night. The woman was reported to social services after handing over the Class A drugs as a special prize for becoming a teenager. It is understood the family, from Middlesbrough, are now being monitored by social workers – although the mother was not prosecuted.

100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts "eye-watering" golden handshakes

100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts 'eye-watering' golden handshakesCouncils have spent between 100,000 and 420,000 to 135 staff Many have started other lucrative public sector jobs since leavingMinister says pay-offs show 'a lack of respect' to taxpayers By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 02:08 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:48 GMT, 2 January 2013 Councils have given six-figure ‘golden goodbyes’ to more than 100 officials in the past year. Despite town halls complaining about funding cuts, they gave compensation packages of between 100,000 and 420,000 to some 135 members of staff for leaving their jobs. Many of the workers have since taken up high-paid jobs elsewhere in the public sector, including positions in Whitehall.