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  • Millions of parents can pre-register from today for the government's new childcare offers, with the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website.

    The introduction of the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 - cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

    On top of this, from September this year parents of three and four year old children living in England will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.

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  • A Christian group wants the Church in Wales to restart its Bishop of Llandaff appointment process after a priest said he was rejected because he is gay.

    Dean of St Albans Cathedral, Dr Jeffrey John, accused the Church in Wales of homophobia after he was not appointed.

    LGBT campaign group One Body One Voice said many in the diocese were unhappy he was not chosen after more than half of the electoral college voted for him.

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  • Dads who want to be more involved in the care of their children fear that asking for more flexible hours might damage their careers, the chairwoman of a new probe into the issue says.

    Conservative MP Maria Miller says such requests can even lead to employers questioning their workers' commitment.

    Research suggests 44% of dads have lied about family-related responsibilities.

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  • Australia's Northern Territory has decriminalised abortion as part of wide-ranging reforms on the medical termination of pregnancy.

    Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the laws bring the territory in line with the rest of Australia.

    The reforms legalise the use of abortion drugs, such as RU486, up to nine weeks into a pregnancy.

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  • Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins are best friends who fought a two-year-long legal battle to be officially recognised as co-parents to Natasha's disabled son, Elaan.

    It's the first time in Canadian history that two people who have never been in a romantic relationship have been legally recognised as parents.

    Watch here.

  • A primary school in New Zealand has abolished gendered school uniforms to avoid stereotyping, following in the footsteps of dozens of British schools.

    The move comes after some girls at Dunedin North Intermediate School in the South Island complained about having to wear "archaic" kilts, headteacher Heidi Hayward said.

    The school, which has around 200 pupils aged 10-13, began allowing female pupils to wear trousers in 2016.

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  • Parliament in the Australian state of Queensland has voted for legislation to remove a controversial "gay panic" defence from the criminal code.

    It had allowed defendants to reduce criminal responsibility by claiming provocation due to an unwanted sexual advance.

    In 2008, it was used as a partial defence to reduce two men's murder charges to manslaughter.

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  • A Daily Telegraph article last week asked: 'Motherhood on ice: has the egg-freezing generation of working women been misled?'

    That’s an easy question to answer: Yes!

    The massively profitable egg-freezing industry has an appallingly low 'success' rate, yet still tempts thousands of women to take this route because they know their 'biological clock' is running down.

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  • A heterosexual couple's recent struggle to secure a civil partnership has forced the judiciary to reassess the appropriateness of marriage as a form of legal union in the 21st century.
    On Tuesday, 21 February, the court of appeal ruled against Rebecca Steinfeld (35) and Charles Keidan (40), who launched the case in 2014. However, although the couple has lost the case, the judges' unanimous agreement that such discrimination against heterosexual couples must change has left them with hope.

    As the couple's inability to obtain a civil partnership impacts their family life, the judges agreed that the ban constitutes a potential violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. They also considered the ban to be a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) as partnerships are available to same-sex couples but not heterosexual couples.

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  • The courts could overrule a Parliamentary decision not to legalise assisted dying after a terminally ill man mounted a new bid to change the law.

    Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, has applied for permission to mount a judicial review.

    The basis of the case is that the Suicide Act 1961 interferes with Mr Conway's human right to private life, including the right to decide the manner of his death.

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