Social Mobility Commission report: Time for Change – an Assessment of Government Policies on Social Mobility 1997 to 2017

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Our country has reached an inflection point, says a June 2017 report from the Social Mobility Commission.  If we go on as we have been, the divisions that have opened up in British society are likely to widen.

Time for Change (pdf) identifies barriers to social mobility and analyses twenty years of Government policy in four key areas: early years, including child poverty; education; young people, and work.  And provides a series of high-level policy recommendations to Government. Continue reading “Social Mobility Commission report: Time for Change – an Assessment of Government Policies on Social Mobility 1997 to 2017”

UN Human Rights Council: Panel Discussion on Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents and Human Rights

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At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children have been recorded in some 80 countries in 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011.

The UN Human Rights Council’s June 2017 panel discussion raised the issues facing unaccompanied minors – and the need to protect the rights of migrant children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Fawcett Society: Letter to Theresa May on the DUP and Abortion Rights

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‘We urge you – do not allow the clock to be turned back on women’s rights, and do not turn your back on the women of Northern Ireland.’

The Fawcett Society has, with other women’s organisations, issued an open letter to the Prime Minister on abortion rights. This June 2017 letter has been prompted by the General Election results, itself prompted by upcoming Brexit negotiations and news that Theresa May is seeking to strike a deal with the DUP, a party that opposes abortion.

Read the full letter.