How does welfare split out? Where does the money go and to support who? Does it reach the people who need it most?
The IFS research paper shows that most govt welfare spending goes on older people, not younger families. This is important to highlight view the fact that austerity measures have hit families with children hard in recent times while other sectors of the population have not been as affected. No-one is saying it’s easy for any group – but we have to be clear that reducing the benefits bill is not something that can be solved through getting more mothers back into work sooner than the time is right for children. Single earner families with a parent at home providing care – mum or dad – already pay double the tax compared with dual earner couples on same household income. So it’s time people recognised that single earners a) contribute massively in terms of tax paid and caregiving work and b) they actually pay a penalty in tax – so these households are effectively contributing more into the system and yet they are more likely to lose out in support from policymakers.
We are fed up with single earners being presented as i) not working hard enough because only one parent is in paid work – it makes absolutely zero sense to discount the role of caregivers and ii) fed up with the language of policy which disses parents who provide care for their children at home as sepia-tinted or non-aspirational. Nothing could be further from the truth.
filed 22nd Feb 2015