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Statistics on Scottish births, deaths and marriages

A recent publication from the Registrar General for Scotland has revealed provisional figures for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships registered during the third quarter of 2011.

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Christmas a stressful time for families

A recent survey has found that the festive period can place additional financial and emotional strain on families already struggling to cope with their financial situation. 

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Seminar focuses on ways to tackle domestic abuse

Edinburgh City Council has chaired a seminar on domestic abuse which looked at how different agencies involved in domestic violence should work together to tackle the problem. The event was part of the International 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women campaign which runs until 10th December.

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Forced marriage law introduced

Victims of forced marriage in Scotland will benefit from greater protection now that the Forced Marriage (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011 has come into force.

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Dunfermline domestic abuse court to be made permanent

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal service has announced that the specialist domestic abuse court at Dunfermline Sheriff Court will become a permanent feature after the conclusion of successful pilot programme, reports the Journal Online.

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Brits admit to hiding money from partners

Fifteen per cent of Britons over the age of 40 and living with their partner choose to keep some or all of their savings hidden from their other halves, according to recent research.

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Improving advocacy for children and young people

The Scottish Government has recently launched a consultation exercise on improving advocacy for children and young people.

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More children benefiting from child maintenance

The latest Child Support Agency figures show that just over 876,000 children were benefiting from child maintenance payments at the end October, up by 7,400 on the previous quarter.

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New legal policy unit to help looked after children

A Policy Development Unit has been launched by the Community Law Advice Network ([email protected] childlaw ) charity, which will help to build an evidence base for shaping the representation, advice and support offered to young people who come into contact with the law.

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Freedom of movement for same sex partnerships

The Council of Europe is to host a conference looking for solutions to problems of mutual recognition of same sex partnership and marriages in both the European Union and Council of Europe member countries.

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Government urged to protect women's rights

The Fawcett Society, supported by a group of charities, unions and academics, has published a report outlining policy recommendations for the Government to ensure that progress made in women's rights and equality is not undermined by deficit reducing budget cuts. 

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Consultation on Children’s Hearings Rules

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation seeking views on the draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules) 2012.

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SCRA publishes Annual Report

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has recently published its Annual  Report for 2010/11, which shows that for the fourth year running there has been a fall (7.8%) in the number of children and young people being referred to its service.

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More support for single parents

A non-legislative resolution passed by the European Parliament has called upon members states to provide more support for single mothers.

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Vulnerable families struggling to cope

A recent report from charity, Action for Children, has found that vulnerable families are reaching breaking point and that support services are struggling to cope with the level of demand for their services.

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Economy influenced by family structure

Trends in marriage and family structure pose long-term risks to the financial and fiscal health of the world's wealthiest nations and are implicated in the recent global economic slowdown, according to a new report from America.

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Child maintenance governance changes

The Government is inviting views on plans to bring the child maintenance system back into the heart of government, in order to improve accountability and assist in the process of reform.

 

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Child support payback for man who cannot conceive

An Australian man is to receive a child support repayment after he discovered that he could not conceive and could therefore not be the father of the child he was supporting.

 

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Increase in domestic violence against men

The incidence of domestic violence against men has risen by 11% over the past year, reports the BBC.

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Think-tank calls for tax breaks for marriage

A recent survey from independent think-tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), has found that around two-thirds of those surveyed support the idea of tax breaks for marriage. 

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