‘Troublemaker’ expert honoured

‘Troublemaker’ expert honoured A leading authority in child poverty
research has expressed his “complete surprise” at being awarded a
CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Jonathan Bradshaw, professor of social policy at the University of
York, said he found it difficult to square the honour with the fact
he had “always been thought of as a bit of a troublemaker”.

But he added: “Of course, it is very nice that child poverty is
being recognised as an important issue by the powers that be.”

Former Portsmouth Council director of social services Rob
Hutchinson was also awarded a CBE, for services to children and
families. He said: “There are probably thousands of people who work
with children who would be equally if not more deserving of this

Christine Walby, former director of social services in Solihull and
Staffordshire, was awarded an OBE for her work in developing Welsh
children’s charity Tros Gynnal, previously The Children’s Society
in Wales.

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