‘Free childcare’: 50,000 could miss out

April 19, 2017 1 comment

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As many as 50,000 children could miss out on a place on the government’s upcoming free childcare scheme. From September parents of three and four year-olds will be eligible for 30 hours’ worth of childcare each week at no charge. The Department for Education estimates that around 390,000 children will qualify for a place on…

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Children suffer more before divorce than after

April 11, 2017 50 comments

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Children suffer more from the parental arguments before divorce than they do after the marriage has come to an end. An academic from the University of York, Gloria Moroni, has suggested that behavioural issues such as hyperactivity or emotional development problems can be the result of such conflict. She analysed data from around 19,000 children…

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Children moving out costs parents £2,570

April 10, 2017 0 comments

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Parents spend an average of £2,570 when their children move out of the family home. This figure was revealed by research which suggested that as many as 85 per cent of parents financially contribute to their adult children’s new lives. This includes paying around £1,114 for everyday household items they will need at university. In…

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Parents hit £1.2m target for child’s treatment

April 3, 2017 2 comments

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Parents of a baby boy with a life-threatening genetic condition have raised £1.2 million for an experimental treatment. The boy was born last August but began to lose weight and strength when he was just eight weeks old. He was admitted to hospital where he was diagnosed with ‘mitochondrial depletion syndrome’. This is an extremely…

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MPs demand parental leave reform

March 28, 2017 1 comment

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Forty-four MPs have demanded that the government do more to increase take-up of shared parental leave. This policy allows couples to share a year’s worth of leave after they have a child. It was designed to reduce the impact of parenthood on women’s careers. However since the scheme was introduced in 2015, very few people…

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10 year-old ‘must be educated in Islamic school’

March 19, 2017 4 comments

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A ten year-old boy is to attend an Islamic faith school in London despite his father’s objections. The child’s father had converted to Islam when he married the mother. However once their nine-year marriage came to an end, the man abandoned the faith. At the High Court he was described as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist. Since…

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Government to slash bereavement benefits

March 17, 2017 0 comments

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Bereaved families could find themselves up to £12,000 worse off following government cuts to benefit payments. This week the House of Commons voted in favour of the new Bereavement Support Payment Regulations. Under these rules, parents who have lost their partner will only be entitled to support for 18 months. Currently, when a parent is…

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Parents live longer than childless adults

March 15, 2017 1 comment

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Having children can lead to a longer life, according to a new study. Research from medical university the Karolinska Institute in south-east Sweden suggests that among older people, those with children have a higher life expectancy than their childless peers. Led by assistant professor Dr Karin Modig, the researchers used data from the national registry…

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Parents: Brexit will leave children worse off

March 13, 2017 5 comments

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Almost half of British parents believe that the UK’s departure from the European Union will leave their children worse off than previous generations. In a survey conducted by polling organisation YouGov 47 per cent of parents think their children will be disadvantaged as a result of Brexit. By contrast, less than a third believed leaving…

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