5 ways in which the transferable allowance for married couples is a ‘policy fail’

by Mel Tibbs Five Ways in Which the Transferable Allowance for Married Couples which begins today is a ‘Policy Fail’ Firstly this is not a ‘tax break’ and it’s depressing for it to be perceived as one by the media and general public.  If Cameron wants to invoke any reference to full time parents as […]

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Support should follow the child, including care provided by family members at home

Today it’s been announced that replacment childcare costs for children (young children who are not yet of compulsory school age) have gone up, as if this is somehow a crime, denying little ones the possibility of attending a nursery setting! The issues are complex – and the arguments are being manipulated to mislead everyone about the ‘problem […]

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How do we keep campaigning when no-one listens?

We’re often asked what motivates us in campaigning for better policies to support mothers. It’s not that straightforward a question to answer. It’s multi-layered.  In any case we‘re such a diverse bunch on people on the MAHM committee – and all at different stages of the family life cycle –  that we’d probably all give […]

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Politicians keep fiddling with ‘family-friendly’ policy while Rome Burns

by Imogen Thomspon Labour has announced an additional two weeks paternity leave for new dads to support mum and baby bringing the total to four weeks paid for by the tax payer, if Labour are elected in May. Most dads these days are very much hands-on changing nappies, making dinner whilst mum and baby are resting, […]

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Family Life involves investment over many years, not just a few weeks

by Mel Tibbs ”At the same time as women are under pressure in their careers, more fathers want to play a hands-on role in childcare, particularly in those first crucial weeks of a child’s life.   Thanks to the last Labour government, fathers have two weeks’ paid paternity leave. Millions of families have benefited with […]

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Who Cares About the Family

Who Cares About the Family MAHM

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Deadline for child benefit pay-back looms, affecting families in lower half of income distribution

 Child Benefit: The Myth about the Richest 15%   http://www.mothersathomematter.co.uk/resources/research/664-who-cares-about-the-family  The removal of Child Benefit based on an individual’s income, rather than both parents’ combined income, represents further discrimination against single income families where one parent, often the mother, is at home taking care of children. The Government’s justification for this is based on incorrect assumptions. […]

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Make your voice heard. Tell your MP what matters to you.

by Mel Tibbs I just took a whistlestop tour of our national democracy… By this I mean I was up at 5am, tiptoed out of the house in the dark and cold, leaving my family behind.  I drove through the countryside to the train station and took a 2 hour journey to London.  By the […]

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The impact of one mother’s love and support is incalculable

Posted on Facebook page MAHM TOO on 27th December 2014.         Someone writes to share with us their story of a mother’s love and support over many years.    Dear MAHM,   I wanted to thank you for the campaigning you do on behalf of volunteer carers like myself (I am a […]

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To my fellow failed parents

by Karem Roitman To my fellow failed parents   I have been where you are. Sitting in the dark. Almost too tired to cry. Too drained to call a friend and talk. Too exhausted to read, or think, or be. Another day of feeling like a failure. Another day of raising early, working hard, so […]

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