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Compassionate Conservatism

31 Jul 2009 23:51:00

Reflecting the requirements of parents with young children


"Productive parents"

Authors: Thomas Cawston, Andrew Haldenby, Patrick Nolan, Laura Taylor and Elizabeth Truss

Publication date: July 2009

The report acknowledges that many parents struggle to find a healthy balance between family life and working life. The report calls for the State to do more to recognise this in the provision of maternity pay. The report argues that fathers should be encouraged to play a more active part in bringing up their children in the first few months rather than being treated as an irrelevance. In addition the report calls for maternity pay to be rebalanced towards low income families.

31 Jul 2009 11:40:00

Reforming family law and promoting marriage


"Every Family Matters - an in-depth review of family law in Britain"(PDF)

Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Family Law Review chaired by David Hodson

Publication date: July 2009

This report seeks to address issues surrounding family break-up and the consequential damage to society. It calls for a reform of family law to encourage the institution of marriage and fairer access to children in the event of divorce. The report calls for Government to recognise marriage in the taxation system and stresses that two parent families represent the best environment for children to be brought up.

30 Jul 2009 11:22:00

Labour's shameful record on poverty


"A House Divided" (PDF)

Author: Charlie Elphicke

Publication date: 30 July 2009

This report details that figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that the poorest 5 million households in the UK are paying more in tax and receiving less in benefits than before Labour came to power. In addition, the report states that 400,000 more children are living in official poverty than in 2005 and the gap between the richest and the poorest in society is widening.

27 Apr 2009 12:56:00

A critique of European Family Law


"European Family Law - Faster Divorce and Foreign Law"(PDF)

Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Family Law Working Group chaired by David Hodson

Publication date: 27 April 2009

This report deals with complex family law issues when divorces take place between international couples who are both from EU member states. The report argues that European family law should place more emphasis on attempts of reconciliation and is critical of the speed by which divorce is granted in some European jurisdictions.

30 Mar 2009 13:36:00

Creating a Police Force to be reckoned with


"A Force to be Reckoned With - A Police Report by the Police Reform Working Group"(PDF)

Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Police Reform Working Group, chaired by Ray Mallon.

Publication date: 30 March 2009

This report looks at reforming Britain's police force in order to create a safer, more law-abiding nation. Key recommendations include setting up Interventionist Neighbourhood Teams with a commitment to intervene in instances of disorder, elected Crime and Justice Commissioners for each Police Force area and a greater emphasis on restorative justice and victim's rights.

1 Mar 2009 14:33:00

New proposals for the reform of Britain's prisons


"Locked up Potential - a strategy for reforming prisons and rehabilitating prisoners"(PDF)

Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Prison Reform Working Group, chaired by Jonathan Aitken

Publication date: March 2009

An in-depth report containing 70 policy recommendations for the reform of Britain's failing prison system. Key recommendations include localising the management of the prison system by abolishing the National Offender Management Service and replacing it with a network of Community Prison and Rehabilitation Trusts, scrapping the Titan prison programme and instead building five Mitson Academy model prisons, and making sweeping changes to prison rehabilitation to reduce re-offending.

12 Feb 2009 16:16:00

Ways to defeat street gang violence in Britain


"Dying to Belong - An In-depth Review of Street Gangs in Britain"(PDF)

Authors: The Centre for Social Justice Gangs Working Group, chaired by Simon Antrobus

Publication date: 12 February 2009

The report states there has been a significant increase in gang culture and associated violence over the past decade. Around 6% of 10-19 year olds belong to a gang and half of the murders committed by young people in London during 2007 were gang-related. Solutions suggested include setting up a Gang Prevention Unit within the Cabinet Office and designated Gang Prevention Zones. The authors recommend greater use of the charitable sector to break down barriers between the police and young people. Furthermore, longer term objectives to prevent gang violence include Early Intervention and addressing family breakdown.