Children’s relationship with separated parents to be emphasised by new law

Children’s relationship with separated parents to be emphasised by new law The importance of children having relationships with each parent following family breakdown will be reinforced by a new law from next week.
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Pocket money used to be a token gesture. Now it’s serious business | Sam Wolfson

Rising costs of living are not only affecting adults. Perhaps it’s time we thought about the next generation of teenage jobsResearch published this week found that the amount of pocket money children receive is on the up. I was surprised they were still given any at all. Even the phrase “pocket money” sounds painfully anachronistic, […]
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Sir Mervyn King plans ‘grey gap year’

Governor of Bank of England will take extended holiday after stepping down this monthSir Mervyn King is to become one of the growing number of high-profile business and finance figures to take a so-called “grey gap year” when he steps down as governor of the Bank of England at the end of this month.The departing […]
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China’s not alone in stigmatising single mothers | Barbara Ellen

Britain’s attitude towards the children of lone parents leaves much to be desiredYou’d need a heart of flint not to have been horrified by the tale of Baby 59 – the newborn cut out of a lavatory waste pipe in China. The 22-year-old mother, who’d alerted the police, had hidden toys for him, but also […]
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Britain must commit £132bn a year to combat malnutrition, says charity

Malnutrition contributes to death of 2.3 million under-fives each year and chokes economic growth, warns Save the ChildrenSave the Children are urging David Cameron to commit Britain to spending £132m a year until 2020 to combat malnutrition in poor countries before a hunger summit in London.The charity said the event on 8 June, which takes […]
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Nursery reforms could cut childcare costs by 28%, DfE calculates

New calculations released by Department for Education will boost those seeking to push stalled plans throughThe cost of childcare could be cut by as much as 28% if the government was to go ahead with stalled plans to raise ratios of children to staff in nurseries.Government plans are currently stalled due to a disagreement within […]
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Benefits cap will have catastrophic effect on families, court will hear

Vulnerable families challenging £500-a-week cap say it may force victims of domestic violence to return to their abusersFamilies will suffer catastrophic effects and victims of domestic violence may be forced to return to their abusers, it will be argued in the first test cases challenging the government’s imposition of a £500-a-week cap on benefits.A judge […]
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I am the beneficiary of the house-price boom. My children are its victims | Suzanne Moore

When the haves get worried not only about their futures but also those of their kids, the have-nots are really doomedIf all property is theft then I am a colossal thief. I sold my house via Foxtons. Thanks, Nick! See, I know how to get you onside; boasting of my palatial Hackney residence! The truth […]
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Wendy Woods obituary

“Who do you think you are, Donald Woods?” his wife, Wendy – played by Penelope Wilton in Richard Attenborough’s brilliant film Cry Freedom – exclaims at the news that she and their five young children will have to be uprooted suddenly from their beloved South Africa for a dramatic escape into exile late in 1977. […]
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