The final week of the school holidays sees many parents frantically ticking off items on their checklists in preparation for the start of term. School uniform: check, school shoes: check, new stationary: check, up to date vaccinations: hmmm that’s a slightly trickier one to tick off the list.
The evidence from abroad is clear and robust: integrated education, health and welfare services can reap long-term benefits to individuals and the public purse. Politicians shouldn’t despair and axe Sure Start. Rather, it should seek innovative ways of making sure the scheme fulfils its potential.
Children need to understand the value of money, where it comes from and where it goes when they have spent it.
The Coalition says it wants to make work pay better than benefits. This mantra is driving the biggest overhaul of the welfare state since it was introduced. It’s also the central plank of the Coalition’s strategy to tackle child poverty, which makes sense. Working parents up and down the country are struggling to keep their children warm, well fed and clothed because they can’t earn enough, and that has to change.
This story about the House of Commons creche might, rightly, cause some irritation to people who are having to tighten their belts. The Speaker, John Bercow, made great play three years ago of making Parliament more “family friendly” for MPs by opening a creche, similar to ones in offices everywhere.
Nothing wrong with that, although [...]
The adoption statistics just released have been hailed as evidence of a broken adoption system and prompted calls for reform, but do we need to change the rules around adoption or just the way in which the current rules are implemented?
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