Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson is a journalist with an interest in legal matters. He has edited the Marilyn Stowe Blog since August 2012.

A society that no longer cares about justice

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November 3, 2014 3 comments

legal aid

It’s difficult to imagine a worse situation for anyone to find themselves in than the possibility of having their child taken away by the State. To face that possibility without proper legal representation is, as the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said, unthinkable. Yet that is exactly the situation some parents…

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DWP warns of fees

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May 21, 2014 23 comments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has begun writing to parents who still pay and receive money via the Child Support Agency to highlight the imminent introduction of fees. The Department expects to send more than 50,000 letters, to parents across England, Scotland and Wales, detailing changes to be introduced later this year. Parents…

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Judge brands council treatment of dementia sufferer ‘woefully inadequate’

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May 19, 2014 0 comments

child maintenance

A district judge has strongly criticised a council’s decision to move an elderly woman into a care home without seeking court approval. Milton Keynes Council also failed to properly investigate concerns about the woman’s welfare. The Council’s handling of the case had been “been woefully inadequate from the start”, said District Judge Mort in a…

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Court of Appeal considers disabled parents

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April 10, 2014 0 comments

adoption

The Court of Appeal has issued guidance on the correct approach to be taken in cases involving disabled parents. In Re C, a couple who both suffer from disabilities had successfully appealed against a full care order issued for their 17 month-old daughter, called A in case reports. She was taken into foster care shortly…

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