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Councils need help to beat child poverty rise

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  • Monday, April 28, 2014
Projecting what will happen to child poverty figures between now and 2020 is a difficult task for the statisticians and number crunchers, let alone politicians and campaigners. So pronouncements on what the future holds have to be treated with a hefty dose of caution, particularly with a general election not far away.

Labour must produce a clear vision for children

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  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014
After a slow start, Labour seems to be finding its feet in opposition. But with a general election a little over a year away, time is running out for the party to produce a coherent policy vision for children, young people and families.

Openness should nip extremism in the bud

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  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013
It is just over a month since the murder of Woolwich soldier Lee Rigby shocked the country, and then triggered a spate of reprisals. In typically strident-sounding fashion, the government set up a "taskforce" - the crisis-management response tool of choice for politicians these days.

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