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Labour seeks government defeat on cuts to childcare

MP Angela Rayner says her party wants to block Tories’ vouchers and free school meals snatch.

Disadvantaged children face worse outcomes in some rich areas – report

Britain is in a ‘spiral of ever-growing division’ with rural and coastal regions being left behind, warns social mobility tsar.

Scottish union blasts ‘despicable’ Tory social security policies

EIS President Nicola Fisher criticised unjust cuts to social security benefits affecting children and families.

Report slams 20 years of failure to improve social mobility in Britain

Social Mobility Commission says successive governments have failed to reduce the gap between Britain’s ‘haves and have nots’.

School holidays leave 3 million children at risk of hunger, report says

Cross-party group of MPs and peers cites evidence of children existing on diets of crisps when school canteens are shut.

Jeremy Corbyn to pledge free school meals for all primary school children

The new policy will be funded by introducing VAT on private school fees.

Call for 5% funding increase to save learning disabilities sector

Chancellor urged to take action in Spring Budget, or risk three in four providers running into deficit.

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.

Disabled children in England ‘finding it increasingly hard to access council care’

Since 2004 the number of children with disabilities has risen by 50% but fewer appear to qualify for council help, according to National Children’s Bureau.

More than £1bn for troubled families ‘has had little impact’

Study of government’s flagship social policy from 2012 suggests ‘very small number of positive or negative results’ in tackling addiction and truancy.

Labour pledge to reinstate student grants and EMA

Labour say the policy would be funded through a 1.5% increase to corporation tax.

Scottish Government ‘serious about our ambition to eradicate child poverty’

Scottish Government reaffirms its ambition to 'eradicate' child poverty' in Scotland, as public consultation on new 'Child Poverty Bill' is launched.

£1.3bn troubled families scheme has had ‘no discernible impact’

Senior civil servant describes unpublished Whitehall report into efforts to tackle entrenched social problems as damning.

Corbyn sets out 10-point vision for Britain

Dismissing idea of Labour split, he pledges £500bn programme to build new houses, boost NHS and reduce income disparities.

Communities to provide free lunches for children during school holidays

To ease burden on poor families, churches and community groups around UK are making thousands of meals available.

Theresa May will be no friend to the poor and vulnerable, voting record shows

Theresa May's voting record will undoubtedly leave many people worried about what the future may hold.

Many Children In Care Denied Mental Health Treatment, Says Report

Vulnerable young people without permanent placement not receiving vital support, warns Commons committee.

Social Mobility Hindered By ‘Culture Of Inequality’ In School System – Peers

Lords report says curriculum focuses too much on academic route, leaving those who do not go to university unprepared for world of work.

Tory cuts leave poverty-stricken children too hungry to learn

NASUWT say "teachers and schools are being left to pick up the pieces of callous fiscal and social policies".

Disabled Children ‘Excluded From Their Own Communities’, Report Says

A new report due to be launched in parliament on Wednesday, reveals that disabled children with multiple needs face severe barriers to accessing play services, which effectively means they are often being "excluded from their own communities". The report - Making...

Appoint Individual To Protect Rights Of The Vulnerable, Report Suggests

Review into Winterbourne View scandal says system is still failing to care for those with learning disabilities.

Corbyn Criticises PM Over Abolition Of Grants For Less Affluent Students

Labour leader tells David Cameron he has ‘form’ for introducing cuts without alerting electorate.




Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

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".