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Britain is facing a "secret scandal" over failings in the care of the country's 2.5 million children of alcoholic parents, a group of MPs and peers have warned. The all-parliamentary group, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, said their research uncovered a "shocking picture of support for children of alcoholics",…
Millions of families who are "just about managing" are on the tipping point of falling into poverty, a new report warns. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the number of people living below an adequate standard of living had increased by four million to 19 million over the past six years.…
One in three parents of a child with a learning disability is in a "distressed relationship", according to a new report. This is higher than the level of distress in relationships among the general population - put at one in four. The study, from Relate, Relationships Scotland and Mencap, found…
Thousands of low-income families who were stripped of their tax credits by a controversial US contractor are to have their cases reviewed, the Government has said. Concentrix, which was originally brought in to cut fraud and error in the tax credit system, was sacked last year by HM Revenue and…
The median time homeless families with children spend in temporary accommodation in Scotland has risen by almost 20% in the past two years, a new report shows. A report by housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland found families with children spent around one million days in local authority temporary homeless…
Three-fifths of low and middle income households are currently unable to save money, while for people already saving, the ratio between spending and saving is dramatically falling, researchers say. A new report from CHASM, University of Birmingham’s research Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management, is calling on the government…
Charges for people to use child maintenance services have been dubbed "cruel and callous" after it emerged they had earned the Government more than £11 million. SNP MP Angela Crawley also called the charges unfair in the wake of the figures, which include little more than £100,000 from extra enforcement…
Projects to support children and families coping with disabilities, mental health problems and the challenges associated with poverty are among those sharing in grants worth £15 million. The Scottish Government said the funding from the 2017/18 Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund…
Claims that a flagship intervention project had turned around the lives of 99% of England's most troubled families were misleading, according to a Commons committee. The Government also overstated the financial benefits of the scheme when it claimed it had saved taxpayers £1.2 billion, MPs found. They attacked the Department…
So-called honour-based violence and forced marriage offences are increasingly being perpetrated online, police and prosecutors have warned. The trend was highlighted as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) emphasised their commitment to successfully investigate the crimes. They have published a joint protocol setting out the…
A couple who have lost a High Court fight over the care of their granddaughter criticised council social services staff who were unable to find them when the youngster was born. They did not discover the youngster, now two, existed until she was more than a year old but by…
Stepmothers have more problems getting on with their stepchildren than men do, research has found. About 65% of stepfathers reported good relationships with their stepchildren compared with 57% of stepmothers, according to the Happy Families? report from relationships charities Relate and Relationships Scotland. The findings come as the charities anticipate…
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