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Policy has caused ‘real misery to no good purpose’ as parents of children under two do not qualify for free childcare.
Study reveals that over a fifth of single parents are not receiving any child maintenance support even though they qualify for it.
David Cameron sets out plan to improve life chances of the ‘left behind’, insisting strategy compatible with welfare cuts.
Cameron says: "Families are the best anti-poverty measure ever invented. They are a welfare, education and counselling system all wrapped up into one."
Sally Davies’ report says children of obese women may develop health problems, and warns pregnancy is not a time to eat for two.
Adults who bring up child relatives, saving the state billions in care costs, are threatened by tax credit cuts and benefit cap, says Family Rights Group.
Official statistics show that nearly half the households affected by the benefits cap are headed by lone parents with at least one child under five.
Deal for 30-hour access must be properly funded and childcare providers encouraged to offer greater flexibility, says leading advice charity.