Yesterday, George Osborne claimed that his budget was for those “who aspire to work hard and get on”. Last year, I wrote for Shifting Grounds about the growing childcare crisis. Soaring childcare costs are placing unsustainable pressure on family finances, and as a result many women feel forced to give up work to look after their children.
When I was interviewing informal carers last year about their experiences of caring and their finances, I was struck by how rarely they expressed anger about their situation; frustration, despair, humour, pride, optimism and fatalism, but not anger.
Recently, care minister Norman Lamb gave an interview criticising family and neighbours for failing their elders, forcing them to live dismal and lonely lives. He called for a “partnership between state and society” to build a “more decent, a less neglectful society”.
On Tuesday evening November 27th, members of the Fabian Women’s Network met at Parliament to tell Jon Cruddas what they feel Labour should be prioritising for the policy review.
It is disappointing, if unsurprising, to read in research released by Scottish Widows that women’s pension savings have fallen relative to men’s in the last year.
At the Fabian Women’s Network Labour conference fringe on Monday October 1st, we asked “How can Labour solve the childcare crisis?” We believe that answering this question is urgent – a position shared by the others contributing to the debate, including the Family and Parenting Institute and the Co-operative Party.