Family Action

Families Can Fall Prey to Loneliness Too

David Holmes | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Holmes

The conventional image of loneliness or isolation, particularly at Christmas, is of an older person living on their own. But families can feel intensely isolated too. Everyone needs support from time to time, and when that support is absent and people feel they have no-one to turn to, it can have a significant impact on an individual's health and well-being and can damage families.

Families Struggle With Cost of Looking After Homes

David Holmes | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK
David Holmes

Low income families are penalised by the poverty penalty that forces them to pay more for essential goods and services, because they are so often excluded from mainstream credit. This creates a cycle of debt and poverty, making it much harder for people to run a home, or in extreme circumstances, leaves them unable to afford the absolute basics such as beds and fridges. Unsurprisingly, the poorest and most vulnerable families are most likely to suffer from living in what are effectively "broken houses".

The Big Stitch-Up

David Holmes | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
David Holmes

For families on low incomes the annual back-to-school shop is a major financial burden. Never mind the latest trainers or clothing fashions - even providing for the basic every day costs of attending school are stretching the budgets of poorer parents.

One In five Children In UK Live In Poverty

PA | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK

One in five British children live below the poverty line, new research has revealed. The Campaign to End Child Poverty published figures on Wednesd...

Collaboration is Key in Reaching Troubled Families Targets

Helen Dent | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Dent

The troubled families programme is a major government initiative and one of its most prominent aims is to tackle problems with truancy and exclusion children of troubled families often have.

It's Time to Make Education Count for Young Carers

Helen Dent | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Dent

Are children who don't attend school really troubled as the government would have us believe? Or is there more going on behind closed doors which impacts on their ability to do well in school?

Families Face Summer on a Shoestring

Helen Dent | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Helen Dent

Government statistics shows that a week's family holiday is out of reach for the majority of children in low income families which is borne out by the voices of the families in this report. The ability of children to access at least a week's annual holiday away from home with their families is one of the indicators used by government to estimate material deprivation in childhood.

Government Must Remember That Cash Counts When Tackling Child Poverty

Helen Dent | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Dent

Child poverty fell by over 100,000 children during the previous government for the simple reason they put money into the pockets of the poorest and they made work pay. Poverty is the single biggest determinant of positive outcomes for children in health, education and achieving success in employment.

We Need to Focus on the First Steps in Early Intervention

Helen Dent | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Dent

Frank Field has hit the headlines again this week talking about how we measure poverty and improve life chances for children.

Family Fortunes are in Freefall - The Chancellor Must Act

Helen Dent | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Dent

With the Budget now just days away the families that we work with are waiting with baited breath to see if the Chancellor will throw their finances a lifeline or push them further beneath the waves.

Save Child Benefit - A Message for George Osborne From Parents

Helen Dent | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Dent

The current row about child benefit coming just weeks before the budget on 21 March has again concentrated minds on the impact of austerity and government cuts on family finances.

The Next Generation Starts With Little Gems

Helen Dent | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Helen Dent

So, as we celebrate the new Impact section on Huffington Post we should celebrate the impact charities like Children In Need and Family Action are having on children and young people. We must also make sure that we campaign for change and improvements so that young people can get the best start in life and they have the opportunity to have a positive impact on all our futures.