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£50m set aside to help poor children

October 24, 2014 0 comments

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The government has announced a £50 million fund to help three and four year-old children from low-income families falling behind in school. Up to £300 per child will be made available to schools, nurseries and child minders in an attempt to “narrow the attainment gap” between children from different social backgrounds. Nurseries will be allowed…

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Government to take action on looked-after children

October 23, 2014 0 comments

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The Department for Education (DfE) has pledged to take steps to improve conditions for looked-after children. This came following the Consultation on Looked-after Children: Improving Permanence, which ran between September and November last year. Proposals from the consultation included setting up a system which would allow children who wanted to remain with their foster carers…

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Imprisonment for a debt, by John Bolch

October 23, 2014 0 comments

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Anyone with any knowledge of history will tell you that debtor’s prisons are, thankfully, a thing of the past, something you will only come across in a historical novel. You can no longer be sent to prison for debt. Well, that’s not quite true. Whilst the Debtors Act 1869 did abolish imprisonment for failure to…

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Divorce on the rise in Iran

October 23, 2014 0 comments

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I was interested to read that the divorce rate in the Islamic Republic of Iran is on the rise, according to official statistics. Since 2006, the number of divorces in the country has increased by one and a half times. Currently, 20 per cent of Iranian marriages end in divorce. Apparently, the trend shows no…

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