‘25 for 25’

Alison McGovern MP  |  17 December 2014

We will not build an economy that works for everyone until we resolve Britain’s childcare crisis. ‘Crisis’ is a word that we hear a lot in politics these days, but sometimes it is the only one that will fit. How else are we to describe a situation where parents are facing childcare bills that in some parts …

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Alison McGovern MP  |  4 December 2014

Childcare is a men’s issue too Labour’s election pledge to increase free childcare by increasing the bank levy has proved an important talking point with mums since I became the new shadow minister for children and families. But I am keen to bring dads fully into the childcare equation too. Here is why. Grayson Perry’s …

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Will the coalition back Labour on childcare?

Catherine McKinnell MP  |  17 November 2014

Today’s newly published research from the London School of Economics and University of Essex puts beyond all doubt the fact that, under this Tory-led government, we certainly have not all been in it together in the last four years. Most worrying, though, are the researchers’ findings that families and children have lost the most as …

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An arms race in childcare?

Michael Pavey  |  3 October 2014

Childcare was politically neglected for generations. But following the transformative work of the last Labour government, shadow minister for childcare and early years Lucy Powell says there is now an arms race in this vital policy area. This arms race was the backdrop for an excellent Progress fringe at conference 2014 entitled The Care Crunch: …

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David Cameron’s care crunch

Lucy Powell MP  |  23 September 2014

At the next election childcare will be a key battleground issue. I know from my visits to key seats up and down the country how much of a challenge childcare is to parents. It resonates across the political spectrum and across the age range as parents, grandparents and young people worry about how families can …

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Biting the bullet on universal childcare

Anne Longfield  |  22 September 2014

Finding affordable, flexible and high quality childcare remains a massive challenge for most parents. Despite significant investment by Governments over the last 15 years, many families still have a perception that the childcare system is stacked against them.  For some, the practicalities of rigid opening hours just don’t meet their needs, whereas others are simply …

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Making childcare work

Paul Bartlett  |  22 September 2014

We are now one year away from the planned launch date of tax-free childcare, a scheme that will allow many of the wealthiest families to save up to £2,000 a year in childcare costs. But what will the new scheme mean for the average earner? And how can Labour ensure that the scheme works best …

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A bedrock of equality

Lucy Rigby  |  21 September 2014

Universal childcare should be Labour’s ultimate goal —Until relatively recently, childcare was – in the context of political discourse – one of various subheadings under the title ‘women’s issues’, which itself was a short chapter towards the end of the book. That is now far from the case. Childcare policy is front and centre of …

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The new ‘gender gap’

Liz Kendall MP  |  21 September 2014

Labour must attract older women voters —Labour’s success in closing the ‘gender gap’ – the historic tendency of women to favour the Conservatives – was crucial to our three general election victories after 1997. In stark contrast to Labour’s achievements in government, like extended maternity leave and pay, greater flexibility at work and transformed access to childcare, the Tories have badly let women down. Yvette Cooper and Gloria De Piero have shown how the Tories’ tax and benefit …

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‘I’m jarring with my colleagues’

Adam Harrison and Robert Philpot  |  1 September 2014

There will be no big spending under Labour, Chris Leslie tells Robert Philpot and Adam Harrison Chris Leslie is an improbable hate figure. With his affable manner and gentle northern accent, he is not obviously one of politics’ bruisers. Yet in June the Observer’s political columnist, Andrew Rawnsley, predicted that if Labour forms the next …

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