Budget 2017: Credit where it’s not due

Ella Crine  |  8 March 2017

Labour cannot allow the Tories to claim their regressive changes to Britain’s tax credit system help to redress economic imbalance, writes Ella Crine I love a good national statistic, or a graph. But when economic issues  strike me most, is when they unexpectedly impact my decisions. The things I, as a relatively new taxpayer, decide to do with …

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Back to the future on childcare

Alison Garnham  |  8 February 2017

Returning childcare provision to market principles would be a retrograde step, writes chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham This week, the Institute of Economic Affairs has argued that the solution to our childcare problems in the United Kingdom is to scrap free early years childcare, tax-free childcare, staff-child ratios and qualification requirements …

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Forward thinking for fathers

Lucy Powell MP  |  19 January 2017

Ensuring flexible working conditions for fathers is crucial for social mobility, argues Lucy Powell The old saying goes that behind every successful man was a good woman. Now though, the inverse is often true. Behind most successful working mums is a dad doing their share and an extended family helping to manage the pressure of work …

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Early evening socialism

Christabel Cooper  |  13 September 2016

Like many working mothers, the news that I was the victim of discrimination by being excluded (because of my gender) from after-work drinks, came as something of a surprise. An analysis of after-work drinking (or ‘early evening socialising’ as it is apparently known) in my own workplace, plus a wider sample drawn from walking past …

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The big warning in Unicef’s report on child wellbeing

Alison Garnham  |  14 April 2016

Unicef’s analysis of child wellbeing across the developed world, released today, is emphatic that increasing family incomes is a critical tool to boost children’s educational success, health and happiness. In saying this, it is issuing a pretty clear warning to the United Kingdom government that poverty-producing policies will deprive children of happy, healthy and secure …

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From cradle to wage

Edward Jones  |  1 December 2015

The radical 1945 Labour government built the welfare state to address the five giant evils that William Beveridge saw in Britain’s industrial society. The next Labour government needs to build a new welfare state that moves beyond Beveridge’s five giants to address the needs of a post-industrial society. A new welfare state should be front …

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Additional family hardship on the horizon

Donald Hirsch  |  12 August 2015

Since the election an important debate has opened up over how far state benefits should be underpinning family living standards. The government is clearly trying to reduce what it sees as unnecessary dependency, including for families in low-paid work. It has approached this from multiple angles. Significantly higher minimum wages and tax allowances will increase …

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24-hour childcare – it is all about the ethos

Michael Pavey  |  7 August 2015

Dad works as a security guard between 9pm and 9am. Mum is offered a cleaning job working 6am to 2pm. Who will look after their toddler between Mum leaving for work and Dad getting home? Dad works as a driver: four days on, four days off. Mum is offered work in a shop on Saturday …

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Canvassing, hustings and babies

Rebecca Geach  |  1 June 2015

How easy is it to stand for parliament when you are a working mother with a baby? Extremely difficult if not near impossible. When my daughter Larissa, was four months old I was selected as the parliamentary candidate for the Tory safe seat of Spelthorne. The photo accompanying the press release was picture perfect – …

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We can’t just talk to families like mine

Kevin Peel  |  12 May 2015

We lost and we lost badly and the debate has already started to determine the future direction of the party. I welcome it because we certainly did not have one last time and we cannot win again until we actually realise why we lost. I have been reading a lot of the back and forth …

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