Delays In Children's Centre Consultation Places Early Language At Risk

Bob Reitemeier | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Bob Reitemeier

As Chief Executive of I CAN, the children's communication charity, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rate at which Children's Centres are closing ...

Sex Buyers Know How to Make Prostitution Safer

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

Where a Sex Buyer Law has been enforced in Sweden, Norway and Iceland, countries renowned for their exemplary equality laws, this strategy has proven to reduce prostitution. Meanwhile the results of decriminalisation are verging on well-publicised apocalyptic levels of abuse in New Zealand, Nevada in the US, The Netherlands and Germany. We have the answers. Let's use them.

Sure Start: The Mystery of the Ghost Consultation

Michael Pavey | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Pavey

I know the Government have been busy recently, what with running down the British steel industry and trying to slash tax credits - but they seem to have completely forgotten one of their own consultations.

The Scottish Limitation Period on Child Abuse Needs to Be Revised ASAP

Zahra Razavi | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Zahra Razavi

It's clear that this change in legislation is long overdue, and despite practical concerns about how to revise the law, the Scottish government's extensive consultations with NGOs, charities and companies with a solid understanding of historical child abuse is laudable.

Listening to London GPs

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

I believe wholeheartedly in consultation, engagement, empowerment, and ownership. But not as just buzz words to drop into meetings. Rather, I believe in what these words stand for at their best: genuine conversations between practitioners, partners, patients, policy makers and even politicians; shared insights into what works and what needs work; and a commitment to agreeing and delivering change, and all that that entails.

Choose Life, Choose Your Coffee, Choose Better Public Services

Cat Hobbs | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Cat Hobbs

Right now, water and energy companies have full license to rip you off without consequence. But we can at least tackle outsourcing contracts, where we can decide what to do with public money. This Bill would be a small step in the right direction.

When They Come for You?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?

Have Your Say on Government's Welfare-to-Work Programmes

Nick Stephenson | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The government has launched a consultation on its welfare-to-work programmes, and UnemployedNet is responding on behalf of workless people. We want your opinions to help us tell the government why and how their schemes, including the Work Programme, Work Choice, work experience schemes and others, need changing.

Why Oliver Letwin is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong about Consultation

Wendy Bradley | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK Politics
Wendy Bradley

Consultation isn't just about government departments talking to the people who "matter". It isn't just for people who have something sensible to say about the impacts. It's about democracy.

Debating How Child Poverty Is Measured Must Not Distract From Urgent Action Needed to Tackle It

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Barnardo's believes that the scandal of child poverty in this country will only be tackled when action is taken to improve both the income and the access to services that the poorest families have. We know that money matters to the poorest families - especially when rising living costs, stagnating wages, a weak labour market and spending cuts are placing more pressure on them than ever before. Many families in poverty in the UK live on just £12 per person per day after housing costs. That £12 has to stretch to cover everything: food, electricity, water, gas, bus fares.

Rochdale Grooming Case: What About the Victims and Witnesses?

Javed Khan | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK
Javed Khan

We are very concerned about plans for the new police and crime commissioners to organise and fund virtually all help for victims and witnesses. This would mean patchy local services rather than the current national backbone of support and the potential waste of £21million of tax payers' money on red tape and form filling.

Don't Let Innocent Victims Suffer Twice

Javed Khan | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

Getting it right for victims and witnesses should be about putting their needs at the heart of changes, not making proposals which have the potential to abandon them when they are at their most vulnerable.

How We Must Try and Get it Right for Victims and Witnesses

Javed Khan | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

I believe passionately that a civilised society looks after people who've been preyed on by criminals. That means supporting victims and witnesses, wherever they are, to help them find the strength to move on with their lives after crime.

Westminster Council's Phoney Parking Policy Should be Paid for Personally by the Councillors and Officers Implementing it

Peter Martindale | Posted 03.02.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Martindale

Westminster City Council is stubbornly implementing charges for late evening, early night-time and Sunday parking in the West End, against the advice of residents, businesses, the entertainment industry, and churches.

Consultant For a Day

Triona Kennedy | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Triona Kennedy

This is of interest to anyone who teaches Personal, Social, Health and Economics subjects, including Sex and Relationships, and Citizenship. Did a shudder run through you when Nadine Dorries made the latest - and not the last - assault on gender equality with her proposal for abstinence education for girls only? Please speak up now