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An inclusive education

Mandy Garford

Education is the passport to opportunity. It is only right that all children are given equal opportunities to reach their full potential, educated in a world-class system to become the next leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, strategists, economists, doctors, lawyers or scientists. First, this means addressing the inequality that has a huge impact on life chances. A…

Hand in Hand

Helping people before they reach crisis point

Andrew Harrop

For a decade, I’ve been writing about the crisis in English social care. So it came as little surprise last year when a close member of my own family became yet another victim of our failing system of care and support. He had reached his late-80s and, like so many others, he had significant support…

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Making up the shortfall

Tracy Brabin MP

On Friday 1 September the government’s flagship policy to provide working families with 30 hours of free childcare came into effect. If you cast your mind back to the 2015 general election, you’ll remember both Labour and Conservative manifestos offered a commitment to provide funded childcare places. It’s clear that in principle this is a policy with widespread support….