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3 million children could go hungry over school holiday

April 25, 2017 0 comments

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As many as three million British schoolchildren could go hungry during the summer holiday, MPs have warned. This week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger published a report claiming that this number includes the one million children who get free meals during term time and an additional two million whose parents are classified as living…

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Wife not liable for husband’s loan

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April 25, 2017 0 comments

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Despite the passage of some forty years, the memory of studying the law of equity at university still gives me the shudders. I have mentioned here before the Chancery Division of the High Court, with its archaic and arcane practices. The law of equity was developed in the Chancery Division, and can thus be equally…

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Family feud hinders return of Nigerian girl

April 25, 2017 0 comments

Further investigation is necessary before decions can be made on the long-term future of a Nigerian girl living in foster care, a family court judge has concluded. Leicester City Council wanted to take 11 year-old ‘A’ into long-term care but this plan was opposed by her mother, ‘M’, who proposed that she and her daugher…

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Peruvian wife accuses husband of bigamy

April 25, 2017 1 comment

family law

A Peruvian woman has accused her British husband of marrying someone else behind her back. The woman married her husband in Peru after meeting him during a trip to the UK. Shortly afterwards she successfully applied for a spousal visa and moved here permanently. The couple had a son together but their relationship soon broke…

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Mental health tests for children entering care delayed

April 25, 2017 0 comments

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Plans to routinely assess the mental health of children entering the care system have been delayed. Pilot schemes were due to start next month in ten areas but the plans are now on hold, the Department for Education has announced, pending the results of the snap general election. The scheme would have seen mental health…

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Woman denied divorce aims for Supreme Court

April 24, 2017 0 comments

Supreme Court

A woman in her 60s who was denied a divorce last month plans to try and take her case to the Supreme Court. Tini Owens was married to her husband Hugh for more than 30 years but the relationship eventually broke down and she moved out of the couple’s home. She filed for divorce but…

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Civil partnerships for all backed by majority

April 24, 2017 1 comment

civil partnerships

A majority of British people now support the extension of civil patrnerships to all couples regardless of gender, new polling suggests. Polling firm Populus surveyed a representative sample of 2,000 British adults aged over 18. A full 57 per cent – or three in five – agreed with the statement that the government should “allow…

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