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Thursday, 26th July 2012

UK: In the Eye of the Storm: Britain's Forgotten Children and Families

Source: Action for Children (UK)

From Executive Summary:

The recession and the resulting austerity is the issue that most defines our times. Yet its impact on the most vulnerable children is too rarely considered – children who, by definition, cannot protect themselves. These children deserve consideration in their own right and a level of political discourse above and beyond the current focus on families and parenting.

It is for this reason that three leading children’s charities, Action for Children, the Children’s Society and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children commissioned Landman Economics to undertake new research to estimate the number of vulnerable children and families in Britain and the impact of the current economic context on them.

The research set out to:
• measure the number of families with children in Britain who are most vulnerable to adverse economic conditions, using a number of different definitions of ‘vulnerability’; and
• estimate how these families will be affected over the next few years by the changes to tax and benefits, cuts to public services and the on-going effects of the post-2008 economic downturn.
The resulting evidence shows that the number of vulnerable families with children is often understated and on whatever definition that their number will grow substantially in coming years.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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