Parents hit £1.2m target for child’s treatment

April 3, 2017 2 comments

family law

Parents of a baby boy with a life-threatening genetic condition have raised £1.2 million for an experimental treatment. The boy was born last August but began to lose weight and strength when he was just eight weeks old. He was admitted to hospital where he was diagnosed with ‘mitochondrial depletion syndrome’. This is an extremely…

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MPs demand parental leave reform

March 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

Forty-four MPs have demanded that the government do more to increase take-up of shared parental leave. This policy allows couples to share a year’s worth of leave after they have a child. It was designed to reduce the impact of parenthood on women’s careers. However since the scheme was introduced in 2015, very few people…

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Government to slash bereavement benefits

March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

Bereaved families could find themselves up to £12,000 worse off following government cuts to benefit payments. This week the House of Commons voted in favour of the new Bereavement Support Payment Regulations. Under these rules, parents who have lost their partner will only be entitled to support for 18 months. Currently, when a parent is…

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Refuge for a day from a media in meltdown

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December 25, 2016 6 comments

the media

On Christmas Day may we all be protected, if only for a short while, from a media in meltdown. Up here in the real world, far removed from all those terribly important and influential political reporters, inhabitants of Luvvie London,  Christmas is finally here and hurray for that. No doubt most of us will be welcoming…

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Taliban murder woman for divorcing husband

December 21, 2016 1 comment

divorce

Taliban guerrilla fighters murdered an Afghan woman for divorcing her husband and marrying another man according to local reports. The victim’s husband had supposedly authorised her divorce while working in Iran. She duly married another man and set up home with him. But when her first husband later returned to Afghanistan he denied consenting to…

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MPs sceptical about Troubled Families programme

December 20, 2016 0 comments

family life

A committee of MPs has cast doubt on government claims about the success of the Troubled Families programme. Established in 2012, the programme aimed to help disadvantaged families struggling with social problems via millions in funding channelled through their local authorities.  A multimillion pound funding programme was  allocated in two tranches, with the aim of…

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Former boyfriend sabotaged bride’s wedding

December 2, 2016 2 comments

marriage

Police in the Indian metropolis of Mumbai have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man who allegedly sabotaged the wedding of his former girlfriend. The 26 year-old, from the western suburb of Jogeshwari , had been in a relationship with a local 22 year-old for around a year, the Hindustan Times reports. She…

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Council warned after worker loses data on roof of car

November 16, 2016 0 comments

social workers

The London Borough of Ealing has been warned to strengthen its data protection measures after a social worker left confidential files on the roof of her car and drove off. The incident occurred in February this year. The files, a court bundle containing personal data on 27 people, including 14 children, fell off the car…

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Woman ‘raped’ in Dubai faces prosecution

November 16, 2016 0 comments

finances and divorce

A British woman faces criminal prosecution for having sex outside of marriage in Dubai after she was allegedly gang-raped. The 25 year-old tourist was reportedly attacked by two British men after they took her to a hotel room last month. However, when she went to the police to report the crime, the Dubai police arrested…

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