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The start of the school holidays should be a happy time for children, but in too many cases the anticipation of leisurely sunny days and fun activities has been replaced by worry and anxiety.
Government ministers often talk about 'hard' and 'soft' power, usually in the context of foreign policy, where soft power is diplomacy and hard power is military.
When the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
Responding to yesterday's Autumn Statement, a leading charity says that George Osborne is still not taking child overly seriously.
In my local area, over a quarter of the children are living in poverty. The way the economy completely fails them and compounds their problems was illustrated by a glossy catalogue delivered through letterboxes in the area.
Based on analysis of the UK government's own Households below average income (HBAI) survey published on 28 January 2014 (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/households-below-average-incom...), the Children's Society estimates that 3.5 million children in Britain and Northern Ireland are living in poverty today.
Three major British Churches have attacked the Government’s Child Poverty Strategy, saying that it fails to provide a credible plan to tackle the issue.
After pressure from anti-poverty activists, the government has announced it is introducing childcare support for low-income working families.
New analysis shows that an extra 180,000 children with at least one parent working in the public sector will end up in poverty due to government policies by 2015.
Of the £950 million provided for additional support with child care, only £200 million will go to low to middle income families on Tax Credits or Universal Credit.
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The Electoral Reform Society is to aunch a major report into the conduct of the EU referendum next Thursday (1September 2016).
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