Monday 16 April

Matthew

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Child Benefit Attack To Stop Truancy
I’m after your reaction to the latest government attack on truancy - prison hasn’t worked, fines go unpaid - so now they’re talking about £120 fines deducted straight from your child benefit. Could this be the solution? It won’t have much of an effect on middle class families who take their kids out on holiday but what about everyone else?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Larry for the rest of today’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Step-Parents Shut Out After A Split
We want to hear from any step parents out there who know what Leanne in Corrie’s going thru: she’s been barred from seeing her seeing her stepson Simon after splitting with dad Peter Barlow. Is it her own fault for not becoming the lad’s legal guardian during the good times? Or do laws need to be brought in to protect step parents?

Part 6: Women & Children First!
How many men would let women and children go first in an emergency situation today? When the titanic went down, three quarters of the women and half the sprogs survived, while just one in five fellas made it to the lifeboats. But now we live in an equal society isn’t it every man, sorry person, for themselves?

Part 7: Does The Lady Still Love Milk Tray?
Does the lady still love Milk Tray? Word on the web is the chocs, which have been around for almost a century, aren’t as tasty as they used to be. Well what do you think?

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Comments (3)

  • Alison

    2 years ago

    Alison

    I was a truant, I was unhappy and depressed and needed to be alone. no one could help me with my problems as they were parent related. Find out what kids problems are before you judge, some might be in real trouble.

  • natalie

    2 years ago

    natalie

    When I was about 15 I started skipping lessons and leaving school. This was without my parents knowing, and even when it did come to my parents attention there wasnt anything they could do about it, as I would have done it anyway. Up until that point I had always had good attendance and was encouraged at school, it was just something I decided to do. I think if my child benefit had been stopped it wouldnt have made a difference as you dont appriciate money at that age.

  • Ruth

    2 years ago

    Ruth

    ABC actions bring consequences. That's what my kids have been taught at home and school. Taking away Child bEnefit is only an final consequence. They will had many chances before this happens.

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