Watchdog to accuse UK ministers of institutional bias against children

Children’s commissioner Anne Longfield to criticise government as out of touch in departing speech

Ministers are out of touch and “institutionally biased” against supporting children and families, while Britain is being put to shame by measures unveiled by President Joe Biden in the US, the children’s commissioner for England will say.

In an excoriating speech at the end of her six-year tenure, Anne Longfield will say it is a “national scandal” that a fifth of children leave compulsory education without basic qualifications.

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