MAHM Campaign – Letters

Don’t ever underestimate the power of the written word. It lingers in a way that words overheard on tv or on the radio do not. A well drafted letter printed in a paper can be read at leisure, digested, returned to and responded to. We like to place published letters written by you and others as well as some of ours that have also got past the editorial desk.  Feel inspired!

Letter sent to the Press

Letter sent to the Daily Telegraph  (unpublished on this occasion) Sent to MAHM  – 5th August  –  from a grandfather from Dorset. Sir, Once again today we have heard George Osborne trying to defend his child care policy, which discriminates against mothers who decide to stay at home to look after their children.  The fundamental […]

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House of Commons Event

On 12th March 2013 MAHM held an event at the House of Commons, Jubilee Room, hosted by Claire Perry MP.     Our keynote speaker was Jonas Himmelstrand from Sweden,  who spoke about the ‘Rise and Fall’ of the Swedish family model.    Dan Boucher from CARE gave a summary of the Economics of Family Life. The event […]

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News from La Leche League GB

La Leche League GB is concerned about the implications of major changes to parental leave for breastfeeding mothers: Written by Anna Burbidge on behalf of LLLGB, October 2012  ©   The Government has indicated there will be major changes to maternity, paternity and parental leave, with the emphasis on highly flexible parental leave proposals which […]

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Freedom of Information request re Child Benefit withdrawal

Below is a Freedom of Information request from a mother regarding Child Benefit cut (that came into force Jan 2013).  MAHM has been given permission to reproduce the letter. TEXT OF LETTER: ”In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, please could HM Treasury give the information requested below regarding the approaching Child Benefit cuts: […]

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Letter to David Burrows MP

This letter was sent by committee member Anne Fennell, to her local MP, also concerning the fact that Child Benefit cuts will be highly difficult to implement and very complicated. “Dear David, You are probably aware of this document already as it is in the news but it is a good analysis of the Child […]

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Letter to The Telegraph

Our Chair, Anna Lines, recently sent this letter to The Telegraph in response to the article on how implementing the Coalition Government’s proposed cuts to Child Benefit will be practically unworkable.   “Sir,   The fault line in the support system for parents with financially dependent children can be traced back to the time when […]

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Letter to The Times

This week The Times reported on ideas being explored by the Treasury to help parents with childcare costs, to include £10,000 loans and deregulation of the childcare market.   Our Chair, Anna Lines, wrote this letter below, and although it was unpublished, we felt it might inspire others to write in response to other half-baked government […]

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Letter to Chris Leslie MP

MAHM member Marie Peacock has written this excellent letter to Labour MP Chris Leslie, who responded by saying that he thinks ‘we need to fight against the proposals to chip away at child benefit in the way proposed by the Government.’ “Dear Mr Leslie,  Regarding Child Benefit, I believe you’ve opposed the proposed cuts- or […]

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Principle of Fairness

Dear Mr Osborne, You have mentioned on a number of occasions how important the principle is that it is ‘not fair to ask someone who is earning say £15,000 to pay for someone earning so much more to get child benefit’. This statement is not only divisive but it is misleading. Individuals on 15k see […]

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Response to Autumn Statement Nov 2011

Sent: Tuesday, 29 November 2011, 10:30 Subject: George Osborne: Mother’s Ruin? Dear Sir, As we face the onset of a new and undoubtedly more serious recession, with the Euro in crisis, and with industry and consumers facing soaring energy costs, readers will struggle to understand how, as part of his “long-awaited Autumn Statement”, Chancellor George […]

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