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Hard Evidence: what sort of people are absent fathers?

There are more children living apart from a parent than ever before, ONS figures show that the number of single parent families increased from 8% in 1971 to 26% in 2011 with estimations that 97% of single parents are mothers. Eloise Poole examines who are these non-resident fathers in this week's Hard Evidence piece.

Hard Evidence: does prison really work?

In front of British courts last year were 148,000 people who had 15 or more previous convictions, according to government figures. Ian Cummins scrutinises these reports and the question if prisons really work.

Clearing the Air

In this guest blog by Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, she examines the arguments and evidence presented in 2006 for and against the smoke-free legislation introduced in Scotland and what we can learn from this ahead of the debate on standardised packaging.


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