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Theresa May is expected to announce the new chair of the troubled child abuse inquiry following the resignations of two previous holders of the post. The Home Secretary has also been considering the format of the inquiry, which could potentially involve scrapping the existing panel and replacing it with a…
The names of four child abuse victims have been inadvertently published on the website of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. The victims said they have been subjected to online hate campaigns and even received death threats as a result of the disclosure. In a statement, the committee -…
An inquiry into historical child sex abuse claims has stopped holding survivor meetings amid chaos over its leadership and questions over its future. All planned "listening" sessions have been shelved until Home Secretary Theresa May announces a new chairman and rules on the fate of the independent panel carrying out…
The Home Office has been criticised by campaigners after new figures revealed 20 migrants have been held in detention centres for at least two years, according to reports. One detainee has been in custody awaiting deportation for nearly five years, according to The Independent. Campaigners and politicians branded the situation…
Some 335,000 families could miss out on financial help they need to pay for childcare and stay in work because of the complexity of the new childcare support system, according to a new study. The Government estimated that 50,000 such families may be affected but its figures did not take…
A campaigning Labour MP has warned that the Government looks as though it does not "want to get to the truth" about historic child abuse after Home Secretary Theresa May indicated that the troubled inquiry panel could be disbanded and replaced. Simon Danczuk said victims would be dismayed at the…
Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them work, MPs have found. Inadequate funding and a lack of awareness of the Access to Work (AtW) programme means it is only reaching a minority of those that could be helped, the Work and Pensions Select…
Charities and councils have warned that the Government's decision not to protect funding for local welfare assistance schemes will make life harder for poor people facing financial crisis. Local government minister Kris Hopkins (pictured) confirmed that there would be no central government money for the schemes in 2015/16 and announced…
The plans set out by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement will mean Government spending cuts "on a colossal scale" after the General Election, the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has said. Despite ministers' indications that the bulk of the UK's fiscal consolidation following the financial crisis of 2008 has…
A number of alleged victims of child sexual abuse have said they will withdraw from the inquiry into the issue unless the Government makes major changes to it. The inquiry as it stands is not fit for purpose, they said in an open letter to Home Secretary Theresa May. They…
The inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations by public bodies which has been plagued with difficulties from the outset will not have a chair in place until spring 2015 at the earliest, Labour has claimed. Shadow home affairs minister Diana Johnson said there are currently 100 candidates…
Child abuse victims are being put through "unbearable torture" by the "snail pace" at which the Government's inquiry into the handling of paedophile activity by public bodies is progressing, a leading campaigner has said. Labour MP Simon Danczuk said victims know full well there are people in positions of power…