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A think-tank has renewed calls for an end to "birthday discrimination" in entitlement to free nursery education. Reform Scotland said the current system for government-funded pre-school provision was "unacceptable and unfair" as some children are entitled to less early-years education than others. The organisation highlighted that as the legal entitlement…
The gulf between the numbers of rich and poor children winning university places has reached record levels, figures from Ucas show. Students who received free school meals - the long-time indicator of poverty - are less than half as likely to enter higher education than those who do not get…
Health inequalities are "deeply embedded" across Britain, a charity has said after new figures showed a wide variation in the number of years people can expect to live healthy lives. New Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show a two-decade gap between "healthy life expediencies". Male residents of Rutland (pictured)…
Around a third of children in England are falling behind in their development by the time they start primary school, government figures show. Pupils from poorer backgrounds were also far more likely to be below a good standard in their learning, literacy and numeracy levels. More than 200,000 youngsters are…
The "damning" findings of the review on social mobility highlight the "worrying" social divisions in modern Britain, MPs and charities have warned. Campaigners said "urgent" action was needed to put a stop to the growing sense of the country becoming "two nations". Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust…
A leading charity has called for urgent measures to boost the "woefully low" employment levels of people with a learning disability. Mencap said public attitudes were contributing to the fact that just 5.8% of people with some form of learning disability were in work. Research for the charity among 2,000…
Ministers are promising to confront the "prejudices and misunderstandings" preventing people with disabilities and long-term health conditions from finding work with the publication of wide-ranging proposals to help more back into employment. The health and work green paper is intended to highlight how early treatment for mental and physical conditions…
The National Autistic Society have launched a video to draw attention to how autistic people have been repeatedly let down by Government programmes and overlooked by employers. New research has found that the proportion of autistic people in full-time paid work has stagnated since 2007, at just under 16%. Video…
Northern Ireland's Equality Commission needs to take a long look at itself and stop favouring the "metropolitan liberal elite definition" of equality, Stormont's First Minister has said. Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster criticised the publicly-funded watchdog for its handling of the so-called "gay cake" case when it supported a gay…
Attempts to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are set to be thwarted for at least another five years after the Democratic Unionists insisted they would continue to block a law change. First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster said she would deploy the contentious vetoing mechanism - the petition…
Christian bakers found to have discriminated against a gay man by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan have lost their appeal against the ruling. The owners of Belfast-based Ashers declined an order placed by gay activist Gareth Lee, claiming the message was inconsistent with their deeply…
A new 50-point action plan aimed at creating a fairer Scotland by 2030 has been unveiled by ministers. Communities Secretary Angela Constance hailed the publication of the "bold and ambitious steps" - which include a £29 million programme to tackle poverty - as a "watershed moment". Ms Constance (pictured) said:…