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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Are off-set mortgage savings covered by the FSCS?

Q I have an off-set mortgage of £180,000 with a linked savings account. Following a windfall I am now able to off-set the mortgage almost fully. I would like to keep the mortgage as a cheap, easy access loan facility in case my circumstances change. I have been advised that the most interest-efficient way to […]
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Oona King: My family values

The Labour peer talks about her parents, growing up as the only mixed-race child in her class, and being an adoptive parentI was born in Sheffield. My father, Preston King, is African American; my mother, Hazel, is a Jewish Geordie. I have a brother, Slater, who is two years younger than me. Slater and I […]
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Benefits cap trial begins in London

Couples and single parents to get no more than £500 a week in trial in four London boroughs ahead of national rolloutA cap on the amount of benefits people can receive begins on Monday in a policy that is being trialled in parts of the capital.The cap, being introduced in the four London boroughs of […]
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There’s no single, simple solution to low pay | Gavin Kelly

The minimum wage works, but is only part of the puzzle. We need to be more ambitious about wider economic reformAnother year, another drop. The odds are that the impending announcement on the new rate for the national minimum wage will see a further decline in its real value, meaning a lost decade for those on the lowest […]
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Tax changes mean families with single earner will lose nearly £4,000 a year

Ed Balls lays into prime minister for prioritising tax cuts for millionaires over ‘squeezed’ workers as IFS data is publishedFamilies with children where one parent works will be hardest hit by new tax changes that come into force on Saturday, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who says gains from a higher personal allowance of […]
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Tax changes mean families with single earner will lose nearly £4,000 a year

Ed Balls lays into prime minister for prioritising tax cuts for millionaires over ‘squeezed’ workers as IFS data is publishedFamilies with children where one parent works will be hardest hit by new tax changes that come into force on Saturday, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who says gains from a higher personal allowance of […]
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Online photo ordering: snap up great deals

Photo printing websites are offering a range of deals to tempt those who want a hard copy as well as see pictures on screenThis Easter, if you are lucky enough to be joining the mass exodus overseas then the chances are you will return with a camera (or iPhone) full of pictures. But before you […]
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Jeremy Hunt’s dangerous belief in a single ‘truth’ about hospitals | Roger Taylor

The government’s response to the Mid Staffs report addresses regulators first and patients second. This has to be reversedImagine if you lived in a world in which there was a single metric that defined the “truth” about the “good quality” of a car. Imagine if the career progression of car designers depended on how well […]
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‘Bedroom tax’ will hit single parents and disabled people hardest

Research shows that 150,000 of those affected by new tax are single parents, who will lose an average £728 eachNearly a quarter of those due to be affected by the so-called “spare bedroom tax” will be single parents, according to new research.Government figures show that 150,000 of the 660,000 people expected to have their benefits […]
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