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Healthy boost for disadvantaged families

altHealthy Start vouchers can now be used on products such as frozen peas, spinach, carrots or frozen berries

Low-income families can now choose to buy frozen fruit and vegetables as part of the Healthy Start scheme, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said.

The scheme supports over half a million pregnant women and low-income families by giving them vouchers that until now could only be spent on fresh fruit, vegetables and milk.

Mr. Lansley said: “Feeding a family on a limited budget can be a challenge. The addition of frozen fruit and vegetables is a boost to the Healthy Start scheme to help low-income families eat more healthily. Plain frozen fruit and vegetables count towards your 5-A-Day. Frozen goods are often cheaper than fresh and they can last longer so there is less food waste too.

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Welcome to Mass for migrants in London

Join fellow workers, migrants and civic leaders for a morning of reflection and celebration

Catholic migrants living and working in London are invited to a special Mass for Migrants, which will be celebrated at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, SE1 7HY on Monday, 2nd May 2011 (the Feast of St Joseph the Worker) at 11am.

The Mass will reflect the tremendous diversity of London’s Catholic community, with music from across the globe. A number of dignitaries, including Mayors from London boroughs, MPs and Ambassadors from EU and other countries are expected to attend the Mass.

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"Boat people" from North Africa responsibility of all Europe, says PACE

Europe should tackle the root causes of the influx by investing in North Africa

All European states should share collectively the responsibility for dealing with the arrival of large numbers of irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on Europe’s southern shores following events in North Africa, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has said.

In a resolution based on a report by Tineke Strik  adopted on 14th April, the Assembly welcomed the efforts so far of the “frontline states” to provide humanitarian assistance in line with their international obligations, and urged other European countries to “show solidarity” with them, including by agreeing to resettle refugees and other persons with international protection needs.

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Cameron denies rift on immigration

altCable has publicly questioned the impact of a cap on foreign entrants on businesses and universities

David Cameron has denied that the coalition was split over tackling immigration, after he was accused by a Cabinet minister of using "very unwise" language which risked inflaming extremism.

The Prime Minister rejected Business Secretary Vince Cable's criticism - insisting he was dealing with an issue of high public importance in a "sensible, measured, serious tone".

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Cable attacks Cameron's immigration talk

altHis proposals to see the number of immigrants slashed is 'Tory party policy only'

The Prime Minister's rhetoric on cutting immigration risks "inflaming" extremism, Business Secretary Vince Cable has said as tensions surfaced over the Government's plans to reduce the numbers of migrants coming to the UK.

The Liberal Democrat insisted David Cameron's proposals to see the number of foreign workers coming to the UK every year slashed to tens of thousands was "not part of the coalition agreement" but was "Tory party policy only".

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