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Government listens to our call for more flexible bereavement leave

Date Posted
2 November, 2018

We are delighted that the government has listened to calls for more flexible and inclusive terms in parental bereavement leave legislation and today announced that the new Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act will also entitle primary carers for children...

MPs say ministers must meet their end of life care commitment

Date Posted
21 October, 2018

England’s most vulnerable children are unable to access the full range of care and support that the government has committed to, a new report by a cross-party group of MPs and peers has revealed. Babies, children and young-people with life-limiting...

The loss of a baby lasts a lifetime

Date Posted
19 October, 2018
Andy Fletcher

On the recent World Poetry Day, I discovered ‘The Elephant in the Room’. A metaphor for discussing mortality, it charts the ‘large and squatting’ elephant we squeeze around politely with ‘How are you?’ and ‘I’m fine’. I was particularly struck...

Budget 2018 must increase funding for children’s palliative care

Date Posted
5 October, 2018

We have used our Budget representation to call on Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to increase funding for children's palliative care when he delivers his speech to parliament 29 October. We have also asked the Treasury to provide more...


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