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About childhoodbereavementnetwork

The hub for those working with bereaved children and their families in the UK

Learning about change, loss and bereavement

Amid Brexit chaos, we’d be forgiven for thinking that the business of Parliament had ground to a halt. But last week, the House of Commons did manage to find something that almost all MPs could agree on. And it has … Continue reading

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Making bereaved children more visible

Today’s news from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) makes sobering reading: around 7,000 children born each year in England and Wales are likely to face the death of their mother before they reach 16. All too often, bereaved children … Continue reading

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No records of families affected by bereavement in UK

FOI request reveals that bereaved children are effectively invisible to the Government Life Matters task force introduces a series of recommendations to support those affected by bereavement 17 November 2017: Just seven months after the government cut the benefits available … Continue reading

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Childhood bereavement in the General Election

The General Election gives you a chance to raise issues affecting bereaved children, young people and their families with your local candidates, and ask them what they would do to improve support if they were elected. What can you do? … Continue reading

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General Election 2017: an opportunity to improve support for widowed parents and their children

Over 94% of MPs have been contacted in recent months by constituents concerned about the replacement of Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Payment with the new Bereavement Support Payment from 6 April. These changes have received widespread negative attention in … Continue reading

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Newly widowed parents facing heightened financial pressures, following Government’s bereavement benefit cuts

New research reveals true financial and emotional impact on surviving parents and children 75% of newly widowed parents worse off from 6th April with new Bereavement Support Payments 67% of widowed parents say their employment status was affected when their partner … Continue reading

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House of Commons approves bereavement benefit cut that will leave 3 out of 4 newly widowed parents worse off

Joint statement from WAY Widowed and Young and Childhood Bereavement Network MPs approve the Bereavement Support Payment Regulations by 292 votes to 236 New scheme due to come into force on 6 April 2017 91% newly widowed parents will be … Continue reading

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