London, Feb.9: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that competition from India and China, the two emerging economic giants in Asia, is one the nine concerns and challenges before his government.
Launching a report prepared by his strategy unit, Brown opportunities existed for Britain to have a participatory role in the global economy, but this could only be avialed of if competition from other countries, including India and China, were met head-on. "Economic prosperity combined with social justice and fairness will remain the pillars of my Government but there is a need for change."
According to The Mirror, the nine key challenges for Britain were as follows:
1 Teenager lawlessness. Anti-social behaviour and gang violence.
2 Competiton from rising economic powers such as China and India.
3 Technological change means more skilledjobs and fewer unskilled
4 Giving the poorest the same chances as the more wealthy
5 Ageing population. Over 85s will rise by 50% by 2020.
6 Changes in family life. Both parents working, but wanting quality time with family and more people living alone
7 Demands for a more personal service from NHS, schools, councils Climate change.
8 Floods and heatwaves are inevitable in the next 20 years as temperatures rise by at least 3C.
9 Revitalise democracy after recent falls in election turnout despite high interest in politics