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Domestic abuse incidents recorded by police in Scotland have risen in the past year but the Justice Secretary says he is confident new laws will help tackle the crime.A total of 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded in 2017-18, according to Scotland’s chief statistician, an annual increase of 1%.In…
A High Court challenge to the "huge" fee required to register a child as a British citizen has been given the go-ahead.The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) argues that the £1,012 registration fee, just £372 of which represents the Home Office's administrative costs, is unlawfully…
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones was "f****** furious" when a Labour colleague went public about being sacked over allegations of sexual misconduct days before he apparently took his own life, an inquest has heard.Welsh Assembly Member Carl Sargeant, 49, was found hanged at the family home in Connah's Quay, North…
Cuts to smoking cessation services, sexual healthcare and obesity services are "misguided", Labour has said.The party said that reductions in spending on public health in England are "shortsighted" and will put additional strain on the NHS.It comes after it published new analysis on the amount of money spent on public…
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones "fuelled the despair" of a Labour party colleague accused of sexual misconduct when he gave television interviews the day before his death, his inquest has been told.Welsh Assembly member Carl Sargeant, 49, was found hanged at the family home in Connah's Quay, North Wales,…
Thousands of child refugees should be allowed into Britain to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport rescue scheme, peers have been told.Labour's Lord Dubs said 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be given a home at the rate of 1,000 a year.The peer, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport…
An action plan to tackle violence against women in Scotland is to be expanded.The Equally Safe strategy launched last year included measures to teach school children the importance of consent and healthy relationships.Now as part of a United Nations campaign of 16 days of activism around violence against women, the…
An inquest into the death of a Welsh politician accused of sexual misconduct is due to begin on Monday.Welsh Assembly member Carl Sargeant (pictured), 49, was found hanged by his wife Bernadette, at the family home in Connah's Quay, North Wales.His death, on November 7, 2017 came four days after…
The UK will provide £50 million of aid funding to tackle the brutal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) across Africa.The package will help support a movement to end FGM and support vulnerable girls in some of the world's poorest countries.The money - which officials said was the biggest single…
Increasing the number of hours of free early learning and child care provision will be “absolutely transformative”, Maree Todd has said.Under Scottish Government plans, by August 2020 every three and four-year-old in Scotland, and some two-year-olds, will be eligible for 1,140 funded hours per year.It is an increase on the…
Addressing childhood adversity and trauma should be a national public health priority, Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said action was needed because around half of adults in England had endured Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).He said ACEs include verbal and physical abuse, emotional neglect, household domestic violence and substance…
Fresh concerns about the roll-out of controversial Universal Credit (UC) welfare reforms have been voiced by MPs.The Commons Work and Pensions Committee said readiness tests must be set before the next pilot phase of the "managed migration" of transferring existing benefits claimants onto UC begins.The report said that "major areas…
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