Rich people more likely to marry

November 14, 2014 0 comments

marriage

Recent statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate the divide between the rich and the poor in the UK is also being reflected in those who marry and those who do not. The role of marriage as a cohesive force in society is a story that often comes up here on the blog….

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Government unveils ‘family test’ for policies

November 3, 2014 0 comments

Iain Duncan Smith

The government has unveiled the new ‘family test’ for policies promised by Prime Minister David Cameron in August. Government activities can have both a direct and indirect affect on family life, the guidance states. It sets out a number of specific questions which must be considered by policymakers regarding the potential impact of planned legislation…

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Think tank calls for radical rethink of children’s services

June 24, 2014 0 comments

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A social policy think tank has called on the government to radically reassess local authority children’s departments. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), established by Iain Duncan Smith, said a Royal Commission should be established to “to radically rethink, and advise on the wholesale redesign of social care and statutory mental health services for vulnerable…

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Nearly one in three mothers think fathers should have no say

January 9, 2014 7 comments

family law

Nearly one in three separated mothers believe fathers should have no say in their child’s upbringing, according to a recently published survey by relationship charity Relate. Thirty-two per cent of separated mothers said they thought they had the sole right to make decisions about their children’s lives – more than twice the number of men…

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Is marriage set to become a minority pursuit?

October 10, 2012 7 comments

Marriage certificate

Marriage is on the way to becoming a minority pursuit, according to a new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice. The report, called Forgotten Families, suggests that conventional marriage has become increasingly associated with affluence and the middle and upper classes: while only 50 per cent of couples on low incomes are…

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The Centre for Social Justice rides again

December 10, 2010 5 comments

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Have you seen the latest report from the Centre for Social Justice? I am no fan of this right-wing think tank, founded by Iain Duncan Smith MP, which left me flabbergasted last year when it published patronising proposals for “family relationship hubs” and enforced “cooling off periods” for couples whose relationships had broken down. It…

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The Politicians’ Wedding Entrance Dance

May 9, 2010 0 comments

Have you ever been to a wedding and on the surface, everything has been perfect? The venue, the dress, the food, the guests all look gorgeous; the bride and groom are blissfully happy, and their bridesmaids and flower girls with baskets of posies are enchanting? Could you, for example, imagine a better start to any…

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