Living on the breadline

Are you cutting back on your food shop to keep a roof over your head? Have you started skipping meals in order to make ends meet?

A new survey claims one in three working parents are forced to make these daily decisions.

We meet Ricky Willis who knows the harsh reality of bringing up a family on the breadline, plus we take your calls in our phone-in.

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Losing a child to drugs

Back in April, Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose; leaving behind a shocked and loving family. Someone who knows only too well what it's like to lose a beloved child to drugs is James McConnel.

James' son Freddy, who was friends with Peaches, also died of a heroin overdose four years ago, aged just 18 years old. Freddy, who was a talented musician, was the inspiration behind a new Channel 4 programme, fronted by James, which helps people overcome their addictions through classical music. James joins us today to talk about 'Addicts' Symphony' and tell us his own heartbreaking story.

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Paper tax discs are on the way out!

If you drive a car or use a vacuum then our consumer expert Alice Beer has got big news! Paper tax discs are being scrapped in six weeks but apparently half of motorists have no idea! Alice explains the new way to pay.

Plus, new EU rules come into force this weekend which will seriously affect suction! Alice shows us how they'll affect our vacuums, and she's got a warning about payday loan middlemen.

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Rotherham child abuse scandal

It's the story that's dominating the headlines - the abuse of up to 1400 children across a 16 year period in Rotherham - some of whom were just 11 years old.

After the leader of the council at the centre of the scandal stepped down, today there are calls for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime commissioner to step down too.

How, in this day and age, could something like this happen?

We hear from Child Protection Expert Mark Williams Thomas, who was first alerted to this scandal a decade ago, and Chief Executive of the college of social work Annie Hudson.

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We’re not learning lessons, we’re repeatedly making the same mistakes

– Child Protection Expert Mark Williams-Thomas

What makes a mother kill?

Yesterday, Rosdeep Adekoya from Edinburgh was jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of killing her three-year-old son Mikaeel Kular in January this year.

What are the signs when it comes to violent parenting? And what should you do if you suspect a child is being mistreated?

We're joined by Forensic Psychologist Dr Keri Nixon and independent social worker and child protection consultant, Joanna Nicolas.

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