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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Borrowing money from parents on the rise

March 6, 2017 0 comments

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More young adults in Scotland are borrowing money from their parents, according to new research. More than a third – 34 per cent – of people between the ages of 18 and 24 took a loan from the “bank of Mum and Dad” last year. This is up from the quarter who did the same…

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Status of parents corrected after fertility clinic’s error

March 2, 2017 0 comments

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The partner of a women who gave birth following fertility treatment has been declared the child’s other legal parent, despite an earlier administrative error. The case concerned a couple who received treatment at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, in 2009. This led to the birth of a baby girl, described by High Court Judge Mr Justice…

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Italian gay couple named parents

March 1, 2017 1 comment

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In a ground-breaking court case, a gay couple in Italy have both been officially named the parents of two surrogate children. This marks the first time that an Italian court has ruled that a child has two fathers. Judges at the Court of Appeal in the northern city of Trento ruled that both men should…

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Thousands of children call helpline for bedtime stories

February 21, 2017 0 comments

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Thousands of children across the UK called a charity helpline asking to hear a bedtime story last year because their parents were in no condition to do so. Counsellors who operate the helpline for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) have revealed that they keep storybooks by their phones because some children call…

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Parents awarded £11K after ‘human rights breach’

February 17, 2017 3 comments

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The Family Court has awarded £11,250 to a couple whose human rights were breached when their baby was taken away. Mr Justice Cobb declared that social workers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, had misled a District Judge when they sought to remove the infant boy from his parent’s care. The mother suffered from minor learning difficulties…

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