Posts Tagged ‘Equality’

Parliamentary Bill – #wco Equality (Children (Access to Parents) Bill 2010-11)

23/01/2012

Elphicke, Charlie raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Family Courts; Justice; LocalGov; NRP Rights; Parenting; Parliament-UK

A Bill to require courts, local authorities and other bodies, when determining or enforcing issues of residence and contact, to operate under the presumption that the rights of a child include the right to grow up knowing and having access to and contact with both of the parents involved in the residence or contact case concerned, unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated that such contact is not in the best interests of the child; to create an offence if a relevant body or person does not operate under or respect such a presumption; and for connected purposes

Comment by #wco: Let us all hope this is given the time to have a proper, thorough and objective debate leading to introduction of this bill.

Well done Charlie!

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More information can be seen at:
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/childrenaccesstoparents.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9438000/9438954.stm

Published: 29/03/2011 16:10:00
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Parliamentary Bill – #wco Equality (Children (Access to Parents) Bill 2010-11)

06/01/2012

Elphicke, Charlie raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Family Courts; Justice; LocalGov; NRP Rights; Parenting; Parliament-UK

A Bill to require courts, local authorities and other bodies, when determining or enforcing issues of residence and contact, to operate under the presumption that the rights of a child include the right to grow up knowing and having access to and contact with both of the parents involved in the residence or contact case concerned, unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated that such contact is not in the best interests of the child; to create an offence if a relevant body or person does not operate under or respect such a presumption; and for connected purposes

Comment by #wco: Let us all hope this is given the time to have a proper, thorough and objective debate leading to introduction of this bill.

Well done Charlie!

Other contacts:

More information can be seen at:
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/childrenaccesstoparents.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9438000/9438954.stm

Published: 29/03/2011 16:10:00
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Gov Ministerial Statement – #wco Equality (Home Dept: Equality and Human Rights Commission (Triennial Review))

04/06/2011

Featherstone, Lynne raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Justice; Scrutiny

The first triennial review of the Equality and Human Rights Commission “How Fair Is Britain?” was laid before the House on 11 October last year. A second printing which incorporates a small number of typographical changes has now been laid before the House. Copies will be made available in the Vote Office.

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Other contacts: englandhelpline@equalityhumanrights.com

More information can be seen at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wms/?id=2011-05-19b.34WS.0

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/key-projects/how-fair-is-britain/

Published: 19/05/2011 12:00:00
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Open letter to the Work and Pensions Committee reviewing Child Maintenance

20/05/2011

Good afternoon

I have been reading the written submissions and watching the hearings via Parliament website with interest.

The wheresmydad.org.uk™ Charitable Organisation (#wco) provides practical information, support and assistance to Non-Resident Parents (NRP) that have lost contact with their children because the Parent with Care (PwC) has arbitrarily decided to stop access or the “authorities” are not fulfilling their duty of care to the child and for both parents.

We believe that Child Maintenance and Contact are both part of a bigger picture that should be taken into account where parents do not live together, for whatever reason.

I was pleased that Dame Anne Begg raised the issue that within her own constituency surgeries a significant number of NRP’s are forced into paying maintenance through the CSA/CMEC route but have no recourse to enforce Court Orders or contact arrangements that may be in force.  As you can appreciate, this is a major issue for NRP’s.

Looking at the submissions, I see CM02 from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group indicates there may be problems relying on the HMRC data.  We’d like to point out that there are some simple ways to alleviate this fear:

  • place more responsibility on the tax payer to ensure their information is correct and up to date
  • effective transparency and sharing of fiscal data between central and local government, and where appropriate the banking sector
  • use HMRC as the gateway to a persons fiscal data, perhaps providing an “end of year” statement showing tax/ni collected, benefits received (including local government) etc thereby providing a “single version of the truth”
  • ensure improved collection rates of Child Maintenance (and fines) by always having this collected using the soon to be HMRC Real Time Information system

 Dr CM Davies, within CM03, provides good examples of where the current system of calculation does not take into account the circumstances of the NRP and therefore causes great hardship and distress.  In addition, an NRP needs to provide adequate accommodation to their child(ren) and the “system” needs to take this into account – including that additional bedrooms may be needed.  Adrienne Burgess made a good point that the “system” should treat NRP’s as a Family where they have 14% of residence.  This would ensure the NRP gets all the systematic support that is currently only afforded to the PWC – including lower cost social housing and other passport benefits.

Ms Burgess also made a valid point that the way maintenance calculations are performed currently precludes benefit payments, however were the parents living together their joint income would be used.  In addition, there are basic living expenses that should be taken into account, eg housing costs and travel to work etc .. without this, the NRP simply would not be able to afford to pay the maintenance imposed and therefore creates arrears that simply cannot be realistically paid.

Overall, I am pleased the issue of Child Maintenance is being reviewed although disappointed that it has taken so long.  We agree that both parents should shoulder responsibility for their children, and this includes fair access to the child(ren) and fair payment by both.

This is a complicated issue; however, I strongly believe that Child Maintenance should not have its own agency.  The payments issue should be resolved via mediation & subsequent court approval – taking into account all circumstances of both parents.  The concept of shared or co-parenting should be enshrined in law, with all the support that this should afford being mandated to be provided by the relevant agencies and bodies.

Perhaps the committee should encourage the interaction on this subject between Sir Alan Beith of the Justice Committee, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith of the Social Justice Committee, Graham Stuart of the Education Committee, Rt Hon David Cameron of the Childhood and Families Taskforce and David Norgrove of the Family Justice Review Panel.  Not forgetting to take into account the valuable work of Rt Hon Frank Field and the Review on Poverty and Life Chances.

As a final comment, where parents do not live together, the PWC should not have a significant improvement in living standards at the expense of the NRP.  Their living standards should reflect their own income bracket.  If the parents could not afford to look after a child together – they should not be having a child!

May I congratulate you on your work and wish you well in your endeavours.

Gov Written Answer – #wco Equality (Education: Children: Parents)

28/04/2011

Lee, Phillip raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Family Courts; Justice; NRP Rights; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure equality of access of parents to their children in divorce cases.

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Other contacts: Loughton, Tim

More information can be seen at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-03-07c.44396.h

Published: 07/03/2011 12:00:00
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Debate in Parliament – #wco Equality (Ten Minute Rule Bill: Presumption of Shared Care)

29/03/2011

Elphicke, Charlie raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Family Courts; Justice; LocalGov; NRP Rights; Parenting; Parliament-UK

Ten Minute Rule Bill

On 29 March 2011, Tory MP Charlie Elphicke proposed a bill aiming to require courts and local authorities to take into account the rights of a child to grow up seeing both parents when determining custody arrangements.
The bill would make it an offence for a relevant body to disregard this presumption.
Mr Elphicke argues children who see both parents have better education and employment prospects in later life.

Comment by #wco: Let us all hope this is given the time to have a proper, thorough and objective debate leading to introduction of this bill.

Well done Charlie !

Other contacts:

More information can be read at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9438000/9438954.stm

Published: 29/03/2011 16:40:00
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Gov Early Day Motion (EDM) – #wco Equality (EDM 1175: SHARED PARENTING ORDERS)

24/02/2011

Binley, Brian raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Family Courts; NRP Rights; Parenting

That this House believes that children are entitled to the love, guidance and support of both parents and a relationship with their wider family after separation and divorce unless certain restrictions apply, to ensure children can enjoy the benefits this gives; further believes in the desirability of creating a legal presumption of shared parenting orders if necessary, meaning parents are equally responsible for their children and those children spend a significant proportion of their time with each parent; and calls on the Government to recognise this need for a presumption of shared parenting in the family justice review.

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More information can be read at:
http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=42187&SESSION=905

Published: 13/12/2010 13:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – #wco Equality (Work & Pensions: Children: Maintenance)

20/02/2011

Fuller, Richard raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; CMEC-CSA; Family Courts; Money; NRP Rights; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend recognition of shared care parenting in the arrangement for the payment of child maintenance.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts: Miller, Maria

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-02-16a.39771.h

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/strengthening-families.pdf

Published: 16/02/2011 12:00:00
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News & Information – #wco Equality (UN Report: Men in Families and Family Policy in a Changing World)

19/02/2011

Somebody raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Money; NRP Rights; Parenting

… “Traditionally most international organizations have looked at gender issues from a women only perspective and have not thoroughly examined the real issue in including gender equity and harvesting the well being of children contributing to family life” said Professor Margaret O’Brien, Co-Director, Centre for Research on the Child and Family, University of East Anglia, U.K. … (read more)

Comment by #wco:

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More information can be read at:
http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/social/men-in-families.html

http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/family/docs/men-in-families.pdf

Published: 17/02/2011 13:00:00
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Gov Early Day Motion (EDM) – #wco Equality (EDM 0034: BENEFITS SYSTEM AND SHARED PARENTING)

18/02/2011

Sanders, Adrian raised an interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Money; NRP Rights; Parenting

That this House notes that child benefit can only be paid to one parent; further notes that this unnecessarily discriminates against the other parent where parents are separated and maintain shared custody of children; further notes that this can further discriminate against one parent by preventing access to suitable housing and additional income to allow them to provide for children; further notes that this can lead to restricted access for one parent to see their children; and calls on the Government to take action to address these problems.

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More information can be read at:
http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=40948&SESSION=905

Published: 25/05/2010 12:00:00
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