PM: family is ‘best anti-poverty measure ever’

January 12, 2016 0 comments

David Cameron, Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron described family as the “best anti-poverty measure ever” in a speech this week. Speaking in London at an event held by the charity Family Action, Cameron pledged to double the amount of money spent on relationship support services to £70 million over the next five years. He claimed that the £35…

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A poisonous feud

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October 20, 2015 0 comments

family law

Families can be wonderful things. They can form a solid basis for happy lives, in the process bringing much joy to their members. Unfortunately, however, they can also be a vehicle for acrimony and hatred, as any family lawyer can testify. A recent, sad example of the latter cropped up last week in the Court…

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Call for government action on relationship breakdown

September 18, 2015 1 comment

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The government must do more to promote family stability and fight relationship breakdown, a number of prominent public figures have declared. In a newly published open letter, Members of Parliament, charity chief executives and academics called on the government to treble the money it spends on relationship support to £22 million. Such a boost would…

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Many child contact centres closing down

January 21, 2015 0 comments

family life

In excess of 40 child contact centres have closed over the last year and a half, a charity has claimed. Child contact centres provide a neutral venue in which children with parents who cannot agree on access can see their absent father or mother. According to membership body the National Association for Child Contact Centres…

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Osborne’s Autumn Statement ‘discourages marriage’

December 8, 2014 0 comments

family life, marriage

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been criticised by a conservative think tank for discouraging marriage. In last week’s Autumn Statement, Osborne announced some adjustments to tax credit levels. These are benefits paid for by the government to people who qualify based on circumstances such as income or if they have children. A report…

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New website offers advice for children of divorce

September 23, 2014 0 comments

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Teenagers whose parents have split up will be able to help younger children through the process on a newly launched website. Kids In The Middle was created because its founders said there was not enough readily accessible advice for children experiencing family breakdown. The website will offer videos which explain the various stages of divorce…

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Domestic abuse: will criminalising it work?

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August 20, 2014 7 comments

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Domestic abuse could soon be made into criminal offense, but will it make a significant difference to the lives of victims? Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation on the idea of creating a specific offense for domestic abuse cases. Last year, the government expanded its definition of domestic abuse to include psychological abuse…

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Reducing family breakdown

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March 25, 2014 3 comments

Court of Protection

The government has clearly targeted family breakdown as one of the major issues facing this country. In fact, it is beginning to seem that people who have the temerity to separate from their partners are rapidly becoming public enemy number one. We are regularly reminded of the cost to the country of relationship breakdown. For…

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