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There is a considerable amount of evidence that early years’ and childhood experiences can have profound and long-lasting consequences for health and wellbeing in later life. This briefing paper summarises a report which explored this issue using descriptive analyses of early years’ and childhood experiences between Scotland and England, and…
Millions of people in the UK are currently struggling under the weight of their personal debt. Squeezed household budgets, the rising cost of living and a stagnant economy have pushed many people to the edge of or over a financial cliff. The impact of this debt can extend far beyond…
This research reviews trends in employment among couple families with children and considers policies and the wider context in four areas likely to affect their employment rate: family leave, childcare, the labour market, and the tax and benefit system. It finds: The risk of poverty is much higher for children…
The Flying Start programme aims to improve outcomes for children in some of the most deprived areas across Wales. This is done through providing four key Flying Start entitlements to children under four years old and their families: enhanced health visiting, parenting support, support for early language development primarily in…
It has been estimated that more than 500,000 people in the UK are reliant on emergency food aid. However, in Scotland, as in the rest of the UK, determining the exact scale of food aid provision and the dynamics of its demand remains problematic. In part this is due to…
During 2012, Amplify (the Children’s Commissioner’s advisory group of children and young people) embarked on developing and carrying out a research project. As a group they decided they wanted to explore the impact that living in low income households had on children and young people’s lives. What makes this research…
Some 3.5 million children – over a quarter of all children –  currently live below the poverty line in the UK. And this has a devastating impact on their lives. Children growing up in poor homes are more likely to die at birth or in infancy than children born into…
This briefing shows that all ethnic minority groups in England are more likely to live in deprived neighbourhoods than the White British majority. • The proportion living in the most deprived neighbourhoods  decreased for most ethnic groups between 2001 and 2011 as a result of faster population growth in all…
The Flying Start programme aims to improve outcomes for children in some of the most disadvantaged areas across Wales. This is done through providing four key Flying Start entitlements to children under four years old and their families: enhanced health visiting, parenting support, support for early language development (primarily in…
The number of public sector workers on low wages doubles to more than one million, with women and part-time staff disproportionately affected by squeeze on incomes. The biggest drop in living standards since the Victorian age is seeing low and middle earners suffering an unprecedented squeeze on their incomes as…
More than four-fifths of people in Scotland believe Christmas has become too materialistic, according to new research. A survey of 1,200 people for Scottish aid charity SCIAF found that 82% agreed that the festive period was too materialistic, rising to 91% for those aged 55 and over. A majority of…
In Scotland, couples are able to enter into a written agreement regulating the division of their property and any ongoing support for each other, or for their children, when they separate. These ‘minutes of agreement’ mean individuals do not have to go to court. They may register their signed agreement…