500 new child protection investigations a day

December 20, 2017 5 comments

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Councils launched more than 500 new child welfare investigations a day last year according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA). The organisation represents 370 English and Welsh councils. it contrasts the figure with the situation ten years ago, when an average of just 200 investigations  a day were launched. LGA Chair Richard…

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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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Divorcing couples spared stamp duty rise

November 23, 2017 1 comment

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Divorcing couples should no longer run the risk of inflated stamp duties when buying property, following this week budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to close a loophole which had seen couples going through a divorce frequently penalised by a three per cent surcharge on second homes, a measure which had been intended to rein…

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Government ‘ignoring’ free childcare concerns

March 10, 2017 0 comments

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The head of a major nursery organisation has criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond for failing to mention concerns over government funding in yesterday’s budget. From September the parents of young children will become entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week, but many ‘early years’ providers claim the funding on offer from the government will…

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Inheritance tax: dying at the wrong time

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July 27, 2016 0 comments

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When it comes to inheritance tax, some people are simply dying at the wrong time. How much inheritance tax will I be charged? Currently, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is payable on death at the rate of 40 per cent of the aggregate value of an individual’s chargeable estate over and above the available IHT ‘nil rate…

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Budget bad for children, say charities

March 22, 2016 0 comments

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Last week’s controversial budget has been condemned by charities for failing to deal with the issue of child poverty. Alison Garnham of the Child Poverty Action Group accused the government of putting “the next generation last” and ignoring the close to £4 million children who live in poverty. In a statement, the Chief Executive declared:…

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New inheritance tax allowance might affect family housing market

October 8, 2015 1 comment

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The government’s new inheritance tax (IHT) measures might affect the levels of family housing on the market according to leading real estate provider Savills. The Conservative government revisited IHT thresholds in the post-election summer budget. Currently, there is no IHT payable on the first £325,000 of an individual’s estate, with everything else being subject to…

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Budget changes to capital gains tax on matrimonial property

April 6, 2014 0 comments

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The recently published 2014 budget changed the tax status on properties owned by divorcing or separating couples. Currently, homes designated a main residence are free from capital gains tax when sold, and married couples are allowed only one such property. If a person changes the home designated as their main residence, the final three years…

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Pressure on social workers endangering children, survey suggests

November 21, 2013 0 comments

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Mounting pressure on social workers means that many do not have the time or resources to properly protect vulnerable children, a new survey suggests. Three quarters (73 per cent) of the 600 social workers surveyed by Community Care magazine said they struggled to properly protect children at risk, citing escalating demand for social services, lack…

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