Step Up Aid
Victims of domestic violence will have more support in taking abusive former parters to court after the court of appeal quashed restrictions on obtaining legal aid in family court cases.
The decision comes after women’s rights campaigners argued large numbers of victims were being unlawfully blocked from legal aid, forcing many who have endured rape and beating at the hands of their partners to face their abusers in court without legal representation.
Pregnant women should each get a £3,000 budget to buy their own NHS services, says a radical review.
A major study of maternity services will today recommend the budget which could allow them to appoint their own midwife.
Mums-to-be should be given a pot of around £3,000 which could be spent on NHS services to ensure they get the care they desire, the authors said.