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Family court judges have a crisis on their hands because council social services bosses are making more applications for children to be taken from the care of parents, the most senior judge in England and Wales has suggested. Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice (pictured), said last year saw a…
Two out of five low-paid young parents who ask for flexible work arrangements are "penalised" with fewer hours, worse shifts and even losing their job, a new report says. A survey of 1,000 young mums and dads by the TUC found that more than half of those working in low-paid…
Funeral poverty has reached an all-time high, as those who struggle to pay take on an average debt of almost £1,700, figures show. The average cost of a funeral has increased to £3,784 - an increase of 3% on last year - according to the Royal London National Funeral Cost…
Research released by Women's Aid and Cafcass finds that 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time feature allegations of domestic abuse. The research highlights the significant impact on children who experience domestic abuse, with those in the sample exhibiting a range…
Baby boxes will be sent out to new parents across Scotland from this week, as the scheme is introduced across the country. The delivery of the boxes, containing essential items such as clothes, books and blankets, will begin on Tuesday. The national roll-out follows pilot projects in Orkney and Clackmannanshire…
More than 50,000 families are now subject to the benefit cap since ministers introduced a lower limit on the amount of money they can claim, new figures show. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) data shows 68,000 households had their incomes capped under the policy as of May. Of these,…
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has won £1.95m of funding from the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme for a three year project which will transform help for children and families experiencing domestic abuse. SafeCORE will work intensively with up to 360 local families a year who have had a number…
Financial support for poorer parents will more than double from summer 2019 when the first new Scottish benefit starts being paid, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said. Qualifying families will receive £1,100 for their first child under the best start grant, with the money split into three payments which…
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