Are you among the stay-at-home mums missing £500m of state pension?

Telegraph article 2 October 2016 • 7:00am A must-read article! “Error-prone government computer systems have caused tens of thousands of people – mainly stay-at-home mothers – to miss out on thousands of pounds of state pension entitlement. A woman who took three years off work to raise children could be nearly £14,000 worse off over […]

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The value of unpaid work at home, according to Office of National Statistics

The value of unpaid chores at home   BBC BUSINESS report, 7th April 2016 A must-read article!  Click on link above. But before you do,  have a go at guessing these figures below……. Question 1: If you were asked to calculate the value (in £££) per UK household, of unpaid work carried out at home […]

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Let’s make a difference, says The Duchess of Cambridge

Let’s make a difference for an entire generation of children 17th February, Huffington Post

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England ranks near bottom in happiness tables

England rank near bottom in happiness tables The Guardian 16th February 2016

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Warning over plans to extend nursery hours

Warning over plans to extend nursery hours   17th February 2016 MAHM says: ‘The Government will not listen’ …….that’s something we seem to hear time and time again these days! In other words failure to engage with people on the ground – and failure to listen to the concerns of experiences practitioners and managers when it […]

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As the rich get richer, everyone else gets less happy

As the rich get richer, everyone else gets less happy The Guardian, Sustainable Business 16th February 2016

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Poverty is the single greatest threat to the wellbeing of children and families

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/02/09/a-critical-problem-affecting-americas-childcare-system-but-ignored-by-policymakers/   Washington Post 9th Feb 2016 Extract:  ‘Financial stability and human well-being are strongly correlated. The devastating effect of poverty is readily mirrored in childcare settings, where low-income children and the low-wage childcare workforce meet on a daily basis. Poverty is the “single greatest” threat to the well-being of young children. The U.S. childcare […]

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Childcare policies failing poor families, says FCT

Childcare policies failing says Family and Childcare Trust Guardian article 27th January 2016 We agree that 30 hours of childcare funding is unrealistic and unworkable. However what we would like to see is more support for families on low incomes in fairer family taxation and social security protection,  valuing the work of caregivers at home, […]

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HMRC tells childminders to repay tax credits

HMRC tells childminders to repay tax credits and prove business is run to make profits Summary:  It seems many childminders will be under yet more pressure to work longer hours and take on more children. They will need to show a business plan and that their business is run for profit, so that they don’t […]

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House of Lords votes to delay cuts

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tax-credit-cuts-delayed-by-house-of-lords-hollis-amendment-osborne-a6709846.html Good news.   Transactional arrangements are needed and,  most of all,   there needs to be a delay for further examination of rationale behind tax credit cuts which were set to hit the poorest/ lowest paid families more than any other group.   These are not the people who caused the crisis in the […]

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