Spending on services for children cut by £1 billion

April 4, 2018 0 comments

family life

The government has cut spending on services for children and teenagers by close to £1 billion in just six years, the Labour Party has claimed. Figures released by the party suggest that planned expenditure on such services is now £956,881,000 less than it was six years ago in ‘real terms’ – i.e. when inflation is…

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More than a third of cases now unrepresented

October 1, 2017 2 comments

family law

No less than 36 per cent of all family court cases now feature unrepresented litigants on both sides, new figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal. A total of 13,029 new private law cases – i.e. disputes between individuals – were launched between April and June, three per cent more than in the same period…

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Bach to the future?

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September 25, 2017 4 comments

legal aid

“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” – Marty McFly I’ve written here often about the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters back in 2013, under the dreaded Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). That, of course, was a crucial moment in the…

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Labour: bring back legal aid

September 22, 2017 6 comments

family law

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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“Disappointing” growth in children placed outside home areas

September 20, 2017 1 comment

children in care

A continuing rise in the number of children being sent to residential homes outside their home areas is “bitterly disappointing”, MPs have claimed. Recently published government statistics reveal that more than 4,000 youngsters had been placed in residential homes outside their local authority areas by the end of March last year: nearly 80 per cent…

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Progress on relationship education ‘extremely disappointing’

September 13, 2017 0 comments

family law

Progress made by the government towards the introduction of relationship education in schools is “extremely disappointing”, a Labour MP has claimed. Education Secretary Justine Greening announced earlier this year that age-appropriate sex and relationships education would be introduced in schools from 2019. The new curriculum will be subject to public consultation. Sarah Champion, the Labour…

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Former MP says reporting restrictions should not apply overseas

July 12, 2017 3 comments

finances and divorce

A former Liberal Democrat MP has claimed that the extension of a family court reporting restrictions to overseas journalists is heavy-handed. John Hemming represented the constituency of Birmingham Yardley for ten years, from 2005 to 2015. He has since become an outspoken and controversial campaigner on family legal issues. His comments followed the divorce of…

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Former actor appointed shadow childcare minister

July 5, 2017 1 comment

family life

The Labour Party has appointed a former Coronation Street actress to the role of shadow childcare minister. Tracey Brabin appeared on the iconic TV soap between 1994 and 1997 and went on to enjoy a successful career as a TV, film and theatre actress. She also became a scriptwriter for several other TV soaps. In…

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Labour and Lib Dems commit to children’s rights

June 8, 2017 2 comments

family llife

Both the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have promised to introduce children’s rights if they are voted into power in today’s general election. The two parties have pledged to base their new domestic laws on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. While the Lib Dems first made this commitment at…

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