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Miliband: Families face a cost of living crisis

By Janaki Mahadevan |

28 February 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned of a crisis among low- and middle-income families as a result of government austerity measures including the rise in VAT and the reductions in benefits.

Children's commissioner for England Maggie Atkinson has warned MPs that the Education Bill will breach young people's human rights and give teachers too much power.

Twenty nine local authorities in Great Britain have more than one in five children living in severe poverty, a report published by Save the Children has found.

Liberal Democrat proposals to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 14 have been published in a move that could create a split on youth justice policy within the government.

The children's commissioner for England has urged government to stall its proposed reforms to the legal aid system until the publication of the family justice review.

Only half of children in care trust the court system to make the right decision about their lives, the children's rights director has found.

The government's poverty tsar Frank Field has urged the government to take immediate action to stop the closure of hundreds of Sure Start children's centres.

A landmark ruling means families facing removal from the UK could have a better chance of being allowed to stay with their children if it would be in their child's best interests.

The jury in the second inquest into the death of young offender Adam Rickwood has ruled that an unlawful use of force by professionals contributed to his death.

Family justice review considers children's panels

By Neil Puffett |

24 January 2011

Radical options such as the introduction of Scottish-style children's panels are being considered as part of the family justice review, CYP Now can reveal.