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Universal credit childcare is hurting the poorest, MPs warn | Society | The Guardian
Requirement for parents to pay costs upfront, and then claim them back, is a burden on the poor, says report [...] The work and pensions select committee argues that the way some of the poorest in society are having to pay childcare costs upfront – then face weeks before they are reimbursed – is a significant disincentive to moving into work. &! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-46649160 - The Universal Credit system leaves too many UK claimants with children facing a stark choice between turning down jobs or getting into debt, MPs warn.
*&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAkxCAO9xp4 - Universal Credit: Is the system working? - BBC Newsnight
DWP  Universal  Credit  UK  Austerity  childcare 
december 2018 by asterisk2a
Childcare: Do UK parents pay the most in the world? - BBC News
UK couple both earners two children pay 50% of their net income for childcare
UK  childcare  OECD  Kindergarten 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Parents 'shelling out for free nursery scheme' - BBC News
Parents are subsidising a new flagship "free" nursery scheme for three- and four-year-olds in England from their own pockets, a survey suggests.

Nurseries are making up losses by upping fees for younger children and charging for meals and nappies, a survey of 1,662 providers suggests.

The survey, by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, suggests only a third are delivering the hours totally free.

The government says it is investing £6bn in childcare by 2020.
UK  childcare  Austerity  gender-based  discrimination  Brexit  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Privatisation  Council 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Sarah Champion: Brexit is a crucial moment in our nation’s history – so let’s use it to be ambitious on equalities | LabourList
Given that equality is so central to EU law, and given the emphasis that has been placed by the prime minister on equality since her speech outside No 10 when she first entered Downing Street, it came as a surprise to me that the word “equality” does not appear once in the government’s white paper.

There is a brief mention of women’s rights in relation to maternity leave, but no mention of race, disability or sexuality and gender identity.

This cannot be credibly perceived as a deal that works for everyone in Britain if women, BAME, disabled people and LGBT communities aren’t even referenced in the white paper.
Brexit  Labour  BAME  inequality  equality  discrimination  LGBT  Sexismus  Sexism  gender-based  equal  pay  childcare  tax  credit  child  minority  UK  class  ware  Racism  Xenophobia  Homophobia  homophobic  transphobia  Transphobic  hate  speech  crime  misogyny  Misogynie  workers  union  trade  deal  Act  2010 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Why the Tories’ so-called free childcare will punish children and families | Neil Leitch | Opinion | The Guardian
the closer we get to the September 2017 rollout of the extended offer, the clearer it becomes that this policy has been rushed through, is ill thought out, and crucially, is massively underfunded.
childcare  UK  gender  pay  gap  gender-based  discrimination  inequality  Austerity  social  mobility  income  Tories  Conservative  Party  Nasty  Philip  Hammond  George  Osborne  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  JAM 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Child custody: Couple ordered to pay surrogate mother monthly for baby they won't meet | Mail Online
The couple didn't have a written contract, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway since surrogacy agreements aren't legally binding in the U.K. Considering the circumstances, it seems cruel for the mother to demand payments from Mr. W after breaking her promise to give the couple a child. Yet legally, all that matters is that he's the girl's father. Whether the surrogate changed her mind, or really did intend to keep the child all along, the case highlights the risks of turning pregnancy into a business when there are no laws in place to hold both parties to their agreement.
Read more: http://jezebel.com/5791134/couple-told-to-pay-child-support-after-surrogate-decides-to-keep-baby#ixzz1JMvyuINT
surrogate-mother  childcare  UK  law  contract  infertility 
april 2011 by asterisk2a

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