Articles by Claire McCarthy
Claire McCarthy is director of public affairs at 4Children. She writes in a personal capacity

Machine politics

Claire McCarthy  |  13 April 2017

A ‘robot tax’ would deter businesses from much-needed investment in technology, argues Co-operative party general secretary Claire McCarthy You cannot turn on the radio or open a newspaper now without being confronted by a dystopian story about the future impact ‘the robots’ will have on our labour market. As many as 15 million jobs are said to be at …

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The new economy

Claire McCarthy and Frances O'Grady  |  10 March 2016

Frances O’Grady and Claire McCarthy on the place of trade unionism and co-operation in the 21st century economy Photo

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Can Labour win the argument on childcare and social care?

Claire McCarthy  |  30 August 2013

Whether or not the Labour party can win the argument on how best Britain can meet the growing challenge of providing high-quality care for both the youngest and oldest members of our society is a question only the party itself can answer. It is certainly in the interest of families that Labour tries hard to …

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A window of opportunity on childcare

Claire McCarthy  |  2 November 2012

In the last few months it has become clear that childcare is going up the political and policy agenda.  Both the coalition government and the Labour party have launched commissions to gather evidence and consider the options for their future offer and several influential thinktanks including IPPR and the Resolution Foundation are dedicating considerable brain …

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Not working out

Claire McCarthy  |  28 June 2011

The government's welfare reform bill has some welcome intent but contains hidden traps for women who work

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250 children centres face closure

Claire McCarthy  |  28 January 2011

The true scale of the potential closures and cuts to sure start children centres has been laid bare today for the first time, with approximately 250 at risk of closing within a year; a further 2,000 cutting back the services they offer to families and 1,000 centres issuing ‘at risk of redundancy notices' to staff. These are the findings of a new survey of sure start children's centre managers across England, carried out by ourselves, 4Children, and Daycare Trust, which was published today.

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Discovering the big society

Claire McCarthy  |  14 October 2010

As communities gather to talk about what the 'big society' may mean, Claire McCarthy finds it could be an opportunity Labour should seize to talk about a more progressive society. And if it is just a cover for cuts, then we will soon find out.

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Now is not the time to pull the plug

Claire McCarthy  |  18 March 2010

The Times's assertion that early years spending must go in favour of higher education is misguided and ignores the enormous benefit of universalism

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Shouting out for Sure Start

Claire McCarthy  |  10 February 2010

Whenever you meet a parent who uses a Sure Start Children's Centre, they almost always fizz with enthusiasm about the support they have felt, services they have received and the staff that have been a vital source of advice. To these parents Sure Start Children's Centres are becoming as central a part of the local public service infrastructure as GPs or primary schools. Yet so often what public debate there is about Sure Start still questions its achievements and value for money. We want parents' voices to be heard and that is why we have launched a campaign today called ‘shout out for a sure start'.

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Future of early years policy

Claire McCarthy  |  10 February 2010

Shouting out for Sure Start

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