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Charities warn of ‘devastating cost’ of cuts to children’s services

With council spending on early intervention cut by 40%, ministers urged to prevent ‘crisis turning into catastrophe’.

Benefit cuts fuel surge in demand for vital children’s services

New survey reveals that many councils are struggling to provide children and their families with the support they desperately need.

Children in UK’s poorest areas 10 times more likely to go into care

Study finds one in 60 children taken into care in most deprived areas compared with one in 660 in the wealthiest.

Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims

Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist.

Labour Fears Potential Privatisation Of Child Protection Services

Party wants a ‘lock’ inserted in children and social work bill, in the event plans open up services to for-profit organisations.

UN Asks Government To Explain Two-Child Cap On Child Tax Credits

SNP raised concerns about ‘medieval’ clause that it says discriminates against those who may want larger families for religious reasons.

UK Faith Leaders Unite To Challenge Welfare Penalties On Larger Families

Christian churches and Jewish groups urge House of Lords to block government’s plans to limit tax credits to first two children.

Number Of Vulnerable Children In UK Rises For Fifth Successive Year

Experts see increase in children taken into care or placed on child protection plans as inevitable consequence of longterm austerity and welfare cuts.

Britain Faces Future Divided By Rich And Poor, Poverty Commission Warns

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report predicts number of households in absolute poverty will rise by one third this decade




Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.