In the Papers

Hardly a week goes by without at least one paper publishing an article that supports or opposes our cause. We do our best to keep up with the papers and place links to these articles for you to read and also for our own use in our campaigning work.

If Ministers don’t want mothers to stay at home they should say so

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jameskirkup/100207884/childcare-ministers-dont-want-mothers-to-stay-at-home-they-should-say-so/   Why wouldn’t politicians want babies and young children to be with their own mothers?  Are mothers really that bad?   So now you get rewarded if you hand your child over to someone else,  but you are invisible,  undervalued and sidelined in policy if you want to ‘be there’ for your own little one. […]

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Working mums in ‘greater need of state support ‘ than stay-at-home mums, says Treasury

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9939692/Childcare-working-mums-in-greater-need-of-state-support-than-stay-at-home-mums-Treasury-says.html Apparently mothers in work are in greater need of support than those taking care of children full time when they are young. And what about the children and young babies who have no voice?  What would they prefer ?   We have to distinguish between the needs of babies aged 0-2 and the 3 -5 […]

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Parents to get 20% childcare costs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21833929 The govt fails to consider the needs of one-earner couples raising a family.  One-wage families with a parent at home and the other at work have given up one entire income due to wanting/needing  to ‘be there’ for the family,   providing hands-on care at home themselves, particularly in the early baby and pre-school […]

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We need tax breaks, say stay-at-home mums

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/9932760/We-need-tax-breaks-say-stay-at-home-mums.html

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What Mothers Want

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/platform/2013/03/kathy-gyngell-of-cpsthinktank-it-breaks-my-heart-that-nick-clegg-is-so-blind-to-what-mothers-really-.html

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High quality, affordable, universal childcare is a myth

http://www.cps.org.uk/blog/q/date/2013/02/01/high-quality-affordable-universal-child-care-is-a-myth-and-elizabeth-truss-has-unwittingly-exploded-it-that-s-why-her-deregulation-proposals-have-offended-our-sensibilities/#Acomment

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Does this govt believe that ‘mothers at home matter’?

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2013/02/04/does-this-government-belive-that-mothers-at-home-matter/ Francis Phillips asks whether this govt believes that ‘mothers at home matter’? Quote:  ‘…children generally develop and flourish best when they spend their early pre-school years largely at home, cared for by a parent who knows and loves them.’    Francis continues:  ‘Babies and very young children need to learn attachment, to bond with one […]

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What if women want to look after their children themselves?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/30/women-childcare-liz-truss?intcmp=239 Selma James writing in ‘The Guardian’   asks Elizabeth Truss ‘What if women want to look after their children themselves?’   MAHM Comment:   Refreshing to read Selma James’s article.  Truss’s childcare reform proposals face fierce criticism.    But we’re still left wondering why no-one considers that many mothers, given real choice,  would rather stay at home in […]

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Is motherhood worth supporting? We think so.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/9788008/The-message-of-this-withdrawal-of-child-benefit-is-that-motherhood-in-itself-is-not-worth-supporting.html One mother writes: ”My primary concerns about cutting child benefit for higher earners are firstly that household income is totally ignored, ie marriage or a stable relationship is not recognised as providing the best environment for a child.  And secondly that my husband and my decision for me to give up a career and make financial sacrifices […]

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Renewal of Coalition vows does nothing for families

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9785553/This-renewal-of-Coalition-vows-does-nothing-for-families.html

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