Overall ‘cost of a child’ is £150,753 for a couple
Family Law Week – 21 August
A report titled Cost of a Child, by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has estimated that the overall cost of raising a child to the age of 18 is £150,753 for a couple, increasing to £183,335 for a single parent. These costs are based on a minimum standard of living and will leave single parents on ‘national living wage’ 20% short of what they need.
Institutional neglect: 50,000 children in care where council services are failing
Family Law Week – 19 August
According to the Social Market Foundation (SMF), nearly 50,000 children are in care in areas where council services are failing. 63% of local authorities in England have been deemed as inadequate or requiring improvement in their provision of care. The SMF has created an interactive dashboard for the government to see how different areas are performing.
Rise in deathbed weddings prompts call to protect cohabiting couples
The Guardian – 18 August
A number of organisations have urged the government to consider changing cohabitation laws, as many cohabiting couples believe they have the same legal and financial rights as married couples. Evidence has also emerged demonstrating an increase in civil partnerships and deathbed weddings. Unmarried couples do not have a right to their other half’s pension, alongside losing out on other benefits if their partner passes away.
Domestic abuse victims increasingly refused right to remain in UK
Family Law Week – 17 August
A freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed that the refusal rate has doubled between 2012 and 2016 for those applying to stay in the UK after suffering from domestic violence. Between those years, 1,325 of the 5,829 people who made applications were refused.
More than 400,000 under-18s live with 'toxic trio', analysis shows
Cypnow – 16 August
The Office of the Children's Commissioner for England has used data from a 2014 mental health survey of adults to calculate that over 400,000 under-18s live with the ‘toxic trio’. The toxic trio comprises of parental mental ill-health, domestic abuse and parental drug and alcohol abuse. This has damaging consequences on children’s wellbeing and is a major source of the increasing pressure on local authority children's services.