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NUT to hold strike ballot after the election over cuts

Schoolchildren could face disruption before the end of the year after teachers voted for a post-election ballot on national strikes over education funding cuts. Delegates at the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Harrogate backed a resolution effectively giving the next government a six-month deadline to come up with a fresh plan to protect school spending, or face industrial action, including walkouts.

NUT to hold strike ballot after the election over cuts Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

They warned that the looming funding cuts currently faced by schools and colleges will damage pupils' education, lead to job losses and hit teachers' pay, pensions and workload.

Barnardo's: Parental leave 'not only a woman's issue'

A charity is warning the legislation will not have the desired impact unless businesses give it their full backing.

Barnardo's believes the new measures will allow low-paid working families, where the mother is the higher earner, the opportunity to provide parental support for their child without worrying about losing their jobs.

Leave to look after children is not only a woman's issue.

This law can spearhead a profound cultural change and tackle long-standing gender-biased attitudes to parenting.

This entitlement must be met with a commitment from businesses to ensure employees understand their rights and suffer no stigma in the workplace for taking parental leave.

– Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan

The legislation applies equally for same-sex and adoptive couples.


Barnardo's: Employers must back parental leave law

A charity has said employers must throw their weight behind a new law which allows fathers of new babies to share parental leave with their partners - or it could quickly "run into the sand".

Barnardo's: Employers must back parental leave law. Credit: PA

Parents of babies born from tomorrow can now split up to 52 weeks of shared parental leave between them as well as up to 39 weeks of statutory shared parental pay, Barnardo's said.

New plans to improve youth mental health care

The Government have unveiled their places to improves mental health support for young people.

A host of new measures are planed, including:

  • An anti-stigma campaign to improve awareness of youth mental health issues.
  • Young people to have access to timely support in every part of the country. Applying similar waiting times to mental as clinical health.
  • A one-stop-shop service to give children access to the right support.
  • Extra training for those who work with children, including GPs.
  • Support to continue past teenage years into the early 20s.
  • Improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable.
  • Improved access to support using apps and other online tools.
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