Shan Ellis
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Shan Ellis is a single parent of two young children. She is currently writing for the Eastern Daily Press and resides in North Norfolk. A published author and poet, she is passionate about creativity, positive parenting, politics.

She is studying multimedia journalism part time at News Associates in Wimbledon, and has freelanced for 3plus international, Metastwnsh, Britmums and the Eastern Daily Post.

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An Open Letter to Gwynedd County Council and Plaid Cymru

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 4:40 AM

Dear Dewi Jones, Sian Gwenllian and company,

This letter has been a long time coming.

For several years now Gwynedd County Council have been reorganising and federalising small rural schools to save on the Educational budget (a grant I might add from the government which is ring-fenced specifically for use...

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Hello Brick Wall, Meet My Head

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:58 AM

It's tough to realise that your child needs extra help. It's a plethora of emotions. First of all you deal with the guilt and the question all mums ask themselves "Did I do something wrong while I was pregnant?", "Did I not protect them from bumps and falls when they...

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Panorama - Reality Bites

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 11:58 AM

There are 50,000 homeless people in Britain.

Some of those families, and in temporary accommodation awaiting re-homing, often in unsuitable houses or flats, some sleeping on street corners.

I watched Panorama last night, it had the air of the all-too familiar about it.

Yes, there was a stereotypical family...

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Single Parents' Guide to Avoiding Insanity at Christmas

(4) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 6:00 PM

It's that time of year again people, oh yes, can you feel the silent creep of inadequacy climbing up your spine and whisper in your ear telling you how crap you are actually doing at being a parent?

Can you see the glint of want in your eight-year-old's eyes and...

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Why We Shouldn't Forget the Legacy of Jade

(15) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Jade Goody was 27 when she died three years ago, leaving behind two young sons.

I must admit I never liked her in life, a rather garish Big Brother contestant with an extremely large mouth and an even larger personality. Thinking Norfolk was in Scandinavia didn't really make...

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David Cameron: 'Children Should be Seen and Not Heard

(2) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 7:29 AM

Last week David Cameron unveiled his master plan to cut 10 billion from the Welfare budget by 2016. How? By forcing the under 25's to seek refuge with their parents until they turn 25.

It seems already that Danny Alexander and his merry band of Liberal Democrats are running...

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The Government Have Lost the Plot and Completely Forgotten About the Single Parent

(25) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 7:00 PM

In April's budget review, George Osborne laid out plans to cut child benefit for any household earning a total of £41,300 or less; and also outlined a number of confusing changes for child tax credits and working tax credits.

From a personal perspective, being a single parent who is currently...

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