Posted on March 8 2010 Read more...

Women at the top

Today is International women’s day and to mark the occasion, new findings have been released which reveal that 80% of people think that increasing the number of women in boardrooms (to match the number of men) will improve the working of businesses. There have also been a number of reports over the weekend about the 40 year anniversary of the publication of Germaine Greer's The Female ...
Posted on March 3 2010 Read more...

Financial concerns for caring grandparents

Great to see the launch of the new report today from The Equality and Human Rights Commission and Grandparents Plus  - Protect, Support Provide which highlights the important role of grandparents in caring for their grandchildren and the financial hardship it causes for grandparents in low income families as a result. The report shows how Grandparents who are filling the ‘care gap’ in some of Britain’s ...
Posted on February 25 2010 Read more...

Interesting Demos report ‘Ex Curricula’ out today

A Demos report out today 'Ex Curricula' once again shows the importance of early intervention, this time in preventing the NEETS of the future. The report shows that 1 in 10 children are entering school without the tools to benefit from their education and little chance of success. The Guardian article covering the report launch contains a quote from Chief Executive Anne Longfield: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/feb/25/pre-school-underclass-educational-disengagement. Read the report here: http://www.demos.co.uk/publications/excurricula
Posted on February 23 2010 Read more...

Cost of raising children tops £200k

There is a story in the papers today about the costs associated with raising children - with the figure topping £200,000 for the first time.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/feb/23/child-cost-inflation Such surveys are a useful way of raising awareness  of the financial pressures on families.  In particular we know from the Family Commission work that the affordability of childcare is still a massive issue for families.  However, such reports must ...
Posted on February 22 2010 Read more...

4Children Conference update…

David Willets makes announcement setting out how Conservative policy on co-operatives would apply to Sure Start.  He said that staff in existing Children's Centres run by local authorities would be able to group together with other professionals such as Health Visitors and take over the running of the centre - Sure Start Co-operatives.  These new centres would be funded by Government on the basis of ...
Posted on February 22 2010 Read more...

Interim Findings published today

We are publishing our first thoughts on how to build a new blueprint for supporting British families today.  It will be available on this website shortly.   Here are a few news items covering the findings today: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/feb/22/families-public-services-fail http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/7273410/Politicians-dont-understand-their-family-life.html http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8528044.stm http://www.lgcplus.com/children/childrens-services/councils-judge-and-fail-families/5011758.article I was on GMTV this morning to discuss it at 06.15am!  For anyone who missed it you can view it at www.ITV.com
Posted on February 18 2010 Read more...

BIS figures show that dads want to spend time with their children

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has published figures showing that half of dads would look for an employer who offers flexible working hours when applying for a job, with the overwhelming majority of dads with children aged five or under believe it is important that fathers have the option to take paid paternity leave. These figures are interesting and emphasise the importance of employers ...
Posted on February 15 2010 Read more...

Sutton Trust report show poorer children are a year behind at school

 A report out today by the Sutton Trust shows that children from poorer backgrounds are already a year behind with things like vocabulary when they start school. Many never catch up with better off classmates and this entrenches a cycle of inequality and underachivement. This report is futher evidence to show the importance of Sure Start Centres and early intervention in dealing with the problems at ...
Posted on February 12 2010 Read more...

Youth health addressed in Marmot Review

Yesterday saw the release of the findings of the Marmot Review of health inequalities in England. It's good to see recognition being given to the importance of young people having healthy communities, maximising their capabilities and exercising more control over their lives. Our work with the Make Space for Health youth campaign supports all of these findings particularly the need for better health support in places where young people ...
Posted on February 12 2010 Read more...

Another study shows how background determines success in the UK

 A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found a father’s income determines his son’s to a great extent in Britain than in any other wealthy nation, including the US. Children of parents with degrees are paid on average 62% more than children of parents with only secondary education. The figures are a stark reminder of the inequalities in Britain and how ...
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