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.

Childcare bill contains threat of two years in jail for parents, critics warn

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/childcare-bill-contains-threat-of-two-years-in-jail-for-parents-critics-warn-10334263.html  According to a report in The Independent:  ”David Cameron’s flagship election pledge to extend free childcare to 30 hours a week has run into trouble on its first airing in Parliament, amid concern that parents and nursery staff could face “draconian” criminal penalties, including a two-year prison term, if they fail fully to disclose […]

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Call to delay free childcare plans

http://www.expressandstar.com/business/uk-money/2015/06/16/call-to-delay-free-childcare-plans/  Click on link above June 16th 2015 Further reading: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-brings-forward-plans-to-double-free-childcare-for-working-families

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Stay at home parents made to feel they are not doing their best

Stay at home parents made to feel they are not doing their best  Telegraph 16th June  More reading: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-brings-forward-plans-to-double-free-childcare-for-working-families

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Bishop of Durham voices concerns on Childcare reform

Bishop of Durham voices concerns on Childcare reform  in the House of Lords debate on Childcare Bill. Daily Mail June 2015  Additional reading: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-brings-forward-plans-to-double-free-childcare-for-working-families

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Tories consider child benefit cuts after promising they wouldn’t

http://www.welfareweekly.com/tories-consider-child-benefit-cuts-after-promising-they-wouldnt/  31st May 2015

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Families with an income of up to £300,000 to benefit from tax relief on childcare

Families with an income of up to £300,000 to benefit from tax relief scheme on childcare The Independent 1st June 2015 MAHM asks:   Is this really compatible with helping families on lower incomes?   Also, how can it make sense to support families on incomes of up to £300,000 and justify it by saying that […]

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Childcare changes threatened by underfunding, providers say

Childcare changes threatened by underfunding, providers say BBC news report 1st June 2015 Are we right in sayingt there’s an error in the article?   As far as we know entitlement to tax allowances on childcare is restricted to £150,000 earnings per parent amounting to £300,000  max household income.    Is this what they call […]

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Women disproportionately hit by austerity measures, warn charities

Women disproportionately affected by austerity, charities warn Guardian 28th May 2015

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A full time mum’s beautiful letter to her kids

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/stay-home-mum-letter-children-5677609?=v  The Mirror 13th May 2015 Fantastic and heartwarming letter from Vanessa Olorenshaw.  If this resonates with you and you’d like to respond to Vanessa’s letter,  please write to [email protected]    

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Tories claim they won’t cut child benefit

Tories claim they won’t cut child benefit   BBC News Report 1st May 2015 But we don’t believe it.   Not one word.   In the run-up to the last election they didn’t reveal their intentions to tamper with child benefit  – but they did.   And it affected both mothers in work and mothers […]

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