Yet another new Lord Chancellor

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January 11, 2018 1 comment

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Who? Yes, that was my reaction, and probably also the reaction of most, to the news on Monday that David Gauke MP has been appointed the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, replacing David Lidington MP. Mr Gauke is the sixth Lord Chancellor in six years and, remarkably, the fourth since May…

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Child poverty to hit record high

November 6, 2017 1 comment

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The number of British children in poverty is set to hit a record high in the next five years, a think tank has warned. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicts that there could be as many as 5.2 million children living in poverty by 2021. This represents around 37 per cent of all children….

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Children’s services struggling due to funding shortage

November 1, 2017 2 comments

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Many local authorities do not have the resources to support children who need it, councillors have claimed. In a recently published survey from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), more than a third – 35 per cent – of councillors responsible for children’s services said this was the case where they worked.  Thirty per cent also…

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Government announces child maintenance ‘clampdown’

October 31, 2017 16 comments

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The government has announced a new measure to prevent parents avoiding child maintenance payments. At the moment, child maintenance payments can only be claimed from a bank or building society account held in the paying parent’s sole name. As a result, some parents who do not wish to make the required payments will put their…

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Labour: bring back legal aid

September 22, 2017 6 comments

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The government should spend an additional £400 million a year in order to create a more generous legal aid system, Labour have recommended. Prior to their party conference, which kicks off on Sunday in Brighton, the party has issued a report critical of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act passed by…

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20% drop in legal aid providers

September 20, 2017 23 comments

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The number of legal aid providers across England and Wales has fallen by 20 per cent in the last five years. This drop was revealed by government figures obtained by Shadow Justice Minister Gloria De Piero. The statistics show that the biggest reduction occurred in Wales, which has lost 29 per cent of providers since…

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Government takes over Croydon children’s services

September 6, 2017 1 comment

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The government has assumed control of the children’s services at the London Borough of Croydon after inspections revealed “widespread and serious” failures. The council’s social workers had not adequately followed the guidelines for dealing with children at risk of abuse and those who had run away from home, according to Ofsted. Inspectors also reported that…

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Domestic abuse survivors: anonymous voter registration plans

September 4, 2017 1 comment

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The government has announced plans to make it easier for survivors of domestic abuse to register to vote anonymously. Under current law, victims who apply for such anonymity must provide a court order or have the support of a ‘senior independent witness’ such as police superintendent. However ministers believe that these strict requirements could have…

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IDS warns against relationship counselling cuts

August 29, 2017 2 comments

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Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith has warned the government not to cut funding for relationship counselling. In an article written for the Conservative Home news site, the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions called family breakdown an “enormous” problem facing the UK. He claimed that the cost of this issue “has been estimated…

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