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....“Paying rent and bills can be a nightmare when you don’t know how much you’ve got coming in each month. And planning childcare is impossible when you’re constantly at the beck and call of employers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The time out from work on maternity leave before they had established themselves in skilled or senior roles effectively killed their chances of advancement, or at best restricted them, the report said. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research this month found that the cost of childcare had risen to the point where some parents in low-income families effectively “pay to work”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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McDonald’s offers fixed contracts to 115,000 UK zero-hours workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:23:29 PM
....“Paying rent and bills can be a nightmare when you don’t know how much you’ve got coming in each month. And planning childcare is impossible when you’re constantly at the beck and call of employers. ...
Working mothers face pay and childcare challenges, reports find image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 09:01:27 PM
.... The time out from work on maternity leave before they had established themselves in skilled or senior roles effectively killed their chances of advancement, or at best restricted them, the report said. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research this month found that the cost of childcare had risen to the point where some parents in low-income families effectively “pay to work”. ...
It's good to talk image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 09:00:53 AM
.... . Some parents find it difficult to participate in their children's school life, maybe because of inflexible work schedules, lack of childcare or language barriers. ...
PENSION CRISIS: Women LAGGING behind in huge pensions gap image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Savers should also regularly review how much they have in their other savings pots, such as tax-free Isas. “This is especially important for women returning to work from maternity leave or whose children have reached school age, when nursery and childcare costs are no longer an expense,” she added. ...
Mayoral candidate pledges free childcare for Liverpool parents image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:00:21 AM
. Parents in Liverpool would be given free childcare for all children over nine months under radical plans by the Women’s Equality party. ...
Should we legislate against the gender pay gap? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 01:25:35 PM
...." . He added: "To close the gender pay gap in the UK, businesses and the government need to work together to address careers advice, progression and support networks, like childcare. ...
Few fathers can afford to take shared parental leave, say campaigners image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:01:04 PM
....”. A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “There are many factors that affect a couple’s decision on how childcare should be managed and by whom and shared parental leave gives parents extra flexibility when making these important decisions. ...
Osborne’s huge tax giveaway starts for rich – as the poor are hit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 11:05:38 PM
....“The chancellor still has plenty of budgets to rethink the tax and benefits changes inherited from his predecessor, given their impact on the living standards of low- and middle-income households,” he said. The thinktank notes that other changes coming into effect in 2017, including a 30p rise in the national living wage from the beginning of this month and additional support through tax-free childcare from the end of it, as well as an extra 15 hours of free childcare from September, will provide some benefit to lower-income households. ...
VW emissions ‘fix’ left our car undriveable, plus new £1 coin launches image
....Suddenly our Diamond Rail holiday has lost its sparkle. All systems are no go when it comes to getting my Allsave childcare vouchers. ...
Improve shared parental leave to cut gender pay gap, urge MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 05:00:19 AM
....The government must do more to improve the sharing of parental leave if it wants to reduce the gender pay gap, a cross-party group of almost 50 MPs has urged in a letter backed by women’s and family charities. Organised by the Labour MP David Lammy, the letter to Justine Greening – who is minister for women and equalities as well as being education secretary – warns that the gender pay gap will never be tackled as long as women end up with disproportionate responsibility for childcare. ...
All systems are no go when it comes to getting my Allsave childcare vouchers image
. I am a parent still waiting for my Allsave childcare vouchers from February to be credited to my account. ...
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'Backward on pay' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:34:24 AM
.... It's absolutely appalling. Even when I do go back to work, childcare is so expensive - it's going to cost £940 a month. ...
Britain trails most of Europe on maternity pay, says TUC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:01:18 AM
....The TUC is campaigning for the government to increase statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance, which is for the lowest-paid women, to the level of the minimum wage. It says paternity pay must also increase to that level so there is an economic argument for men to stay at home and share childcare. ...
Call to give fathers allocated leave to improve uptake image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:23:33 PM
.... “You have to put it out there, get behind it and believe in it,” he said. Fathers who were as involved in childcare as their partners often faced disparaging remarks and discrimination in the workplace, the inquiry heard. ...
Brexit leads cosmetics firm Lush to look for expansion outside UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 08:00:30 PM
....In terms of trading it said it had not noticed a material impact on UK revenues since the Brexit vote, and higher costs of raw material imports – a result of sterling weakness – were being offset by the cheaper cost of exports. It also confirmed it would be paying the living wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, for all UK permanent staff from April 2017, and would be increasing parental leave and childcare funding benefits. ...
Labour must learn to win if it wants to shape the UK's economic future image
.... The public can see the blatant unfairness of those who rely on disability benefits to make ends meet paying the price for the follies of the financiers. The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said at the weekend that he would like to restructure the UK economy to make it more Scandinavian and there are obvious attractions in Norway’s sovereign wealth fund or Swedish-style childcare. ...
A helping hand with childcare: options to make your child and wallet happy image
. News that the UK ranks highly among the most expensive countries in the developed world for childcare will come as little surprise to those families spending an average of £6,000 a year on a single part-time nursery space. ...
Tesco to pay back thousands of underpaid staff image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 11:24:00 AM
....The supermarket is set to pay out about £10m with most workers getting up to £40, although some could get much more. Some staff were paid less than the National Living Wage after contributing part of their salary to pensions, childcare and cycle to work schemes. ...
Tesco to pay out nearly £10m to staff after payroll errors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 10:56:20 AM
....The error was uncovered during the implementation of a new payroll system, Tesco said. A review of its systems found that mistakes had been made for some workers who paid into voluntary schemes such as pensions, childcare vouchers, and cycle to work programmes. ...
Budget 2017: Single mum on free childcare scheme - 'I would have hoped for more' image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 07:02:00 PM
. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to double free childcare entitlements for working parents with three-and-four-year-olds. ...
‘Our ability to save is non-existent’ – people respond to UK budget image
....“At the moment, our ability to save is non-existent. Don’t get me wrong, we live well, we own our own home and we go on holiday at least once a year – but we have a large mortgage and our son, Henry, is three so we also have childcare bills to pay. ...
Philip Hammond’s budget – our writers give their views | Polly Toynbee, Zoe Williams, Frances Ryan, Faiza Shaheen and Kate Maltby image
.... It’s an approach that says we serve the economy, rather than that the economy serves the public; that public services are an add-on rather than the wheels on the car that keep us moving forward; and that the rich are more important than the poor. The meat of today’s budget was in announcements about increasing taxes for the self-employed, plus some extra spending on childcare, social care, schools and the NHS. ...
Budget 2017: What it means for parents - tax-free childcare to start next month image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:00:00 AM
....In his debut Budget Chancellor Philip Hammond said the move would save parents up to £2,000 per child each year. Working parents with three-and-four-year-old children will see their free childcare entitlement doubled to 30 hours a week from September. ...
Hammond urged to tackle 'catastrophic' effect of rising inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....”. They stressed that the government was concerned about the cost of living had taken several steps in order to support families including “cutting taxes for millions of people”, a “significant pay rise” through the national living wage, doubling free childcare for nearly 400,000 working parents and freezing fuel duty. ...
‘I want a career rather than a series of jobs’ – our work expert responds image
....When my son was born in 2012 I decided to take an extended break from paid work to look after him. I had been working in environmental education and the role wasn’t very child friendly, and after paying for childcare I wouldn’t be taking much, if anything, home. ...
Seven things we already know will happen in the 2017 spring budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 06:59:08 AM
.... With inflation expected to rise towards 3% over the next 12 months this is a real-terms cut in the value of the benefit. However, the number of free childcare hours for children aged three and four will double from 30 from September so long as parents work more than 16 hours a week and earn less than £100,000 a year. ...
IFS: Growth in UK living standards worst in 60 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 07:01:10 AM
....6% in the final quarter of 2016, despite record rates of employment. Responding to the IFS report, a spokesperson for the Treasury said: “We are taking action to support families with the costs of living by cutting taxes for millions of working people, doubling free childcare for nearly 400,000 working parents and introducing the “national living wage” – a significant pay rise for the lowest earners. ...
'Long shadow' of financial crisis hits incomes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 12:18:25 AM
...."For all the talk about the 'just about managing' we have seen no real help for them," she said. A Treasury spokesman said: "We are taking action to support families with the costs of living by cutting taxes for millions of working people, doubling free childcare for nearly 400,000 working parents and introducing the National Living Wage - a significant pay rise for the lowest earners. ...
'It's getting tougher' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 12:17:26 AM
.... . Among them are childcare centre administrators, tax accountants, architects, anaesthetists, motorcycle mechanics and gas fitters, while the most commonly recruited employees are cooks, cafe managers and marketing specialists. ...
I quit my job when I had a baby – how can I restart my career? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 07:00:25 AM
.... I had been working in environmental education and the role wasn’t child-friendly. Also, after childcare I wouldn’t be taking much, if any, money home. ...
PENSION SCANDAL: 106,000 job-jugglers MISSING OUT on auto-enrolment scheme image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Gillian Guy, chief executive at Citizens Advice, said: “Too many people are shut out of a workplace pension - despite earning enough to qualify. “Many people - particularly women - work several part-time jobs, which helps them manage commitments like childcare or study. ...
Government failure to act means gender pay gap will remain, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 06:50:01 AM
....“But we know there’s more to do. That’s why we are requiring employers to publish their gender pay and gender bonus gap for the first time from April and we are giving working parents of three- and four-year-olds up to 30 hours of free childcare from September. ...
Grandparents 'saving working families billions in childcare costs'  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . The report estimates that nine million grandparents make up "the UK's grandparent army" of childcarers, including 2. ...
Small shops recoil in the face of business rates that will more than double image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of February 2017 04:00:05 PM
....”. Nurseries cannot charge more than £4 an hour for childcare, and the amount of free childcare available to parents will double to 30 hours from 15 hours a week from September. ...
‘We didn't even have room for a table’: meet the 30-somethings fleeing London image
.... “When people reach the life stage where they have children, they want to trade up in the housing market – and in London, the gap between a two-bed property and a three- or four-bed property has widened as house prices have gone up. The cost of childcare in the capital is high, and it can be more difficult to get your child into your first-choice primary school in London. ...
Introduction of 30 hours free childcare could mean shortage of places image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 08:25:47 AM
. Only a third of local authorities in England expect there to be enough childcare places when changes to the system are introduced later this year. ...
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Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’ image
....The sector says it is facing a perfect storm – local authorities, which fund nursery schools, are grappling with huge cuts from central government. At the same time, the government has introduced a new early years funding formula, due to come into force in April, to support its offer of 30 hours of free childcare to working parents, which kicks in five months later. ...
Men and women struggle to get on at work and find time for their families image
....Fathers’ involvement with their children has grown significantly in just a few decades. The average man’s input into childcare rose from less than 15 minutes a day in the mid-1970s to three hours each weekday by the late 1990s. ...
Grandparents miss out on tax credits that could boost state pension image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 02:57:04 PM
....The former Liberal Democrat MP Steve Webb, now director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London, said a freedom of information request to HM Revenue & Customs had laid bare the “massive non-take-up” of a scheme designed to help grandparents who make sacrifices to help their children get back to work after the birth of a child. The government launched the scheme – known officially as specified adult childcare credits, and unofficially as the grandparents’ credit – in 2011. ...
Grandparents missing out on tax credits that would boost their pensions image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Under the rules surrounding specified adult childcare credits, if a mother goes back to work after the birth of a child she can sign a form that allows a grandparent, or other family member, to receive National Insurance (NI) credits for looking after the child. ...
Eight men own more than 3.6 billion people do: our economics is broken | Mark Goldring image
.... A leading UK CEO now earns almost 130 times the wage of their average employee, up from just 10 or 20 times as recently as the 1980s. Meanwhile, those without economic power feel the pain: the producer in a developing country, the low-paid UK worker, the woman juggling work and childcare, are squeezed until their pips squeak, all in the name of returning as much money as possible to predominantly wealthy shareholders. ...
Gender pay gap down to 5% among UK workers in their 20s, study finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 12:01:07 AM
....Last year a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the pay gap widened consistently over the 12 years after a first child was born to leave women earning 33% less per hour than men. A report last year by the women and equalities select committee concluded that responsibility for childcare and the concentration of women in low-paid sectors were key causes of the pay differential. ...
Family friendly image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 10:27:14 PM
...." . This kind of affordable childcare is made possible because the Danish state subsidises it in a big way. ...
Southern cancels all services as strike continues for third day image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 06:01:45 AM
....”. Katy Davies, 30, one of the organisers of the march, who commutes from south London, said: “This is not just about the financial impact of paying for a service that doesn’t work, but quality of life: people who are losing jobs, patients missing treatment, families who have to arrange emergency childcare, people thrown off trains that aren’t going anywhere late at night. ...
Demand is weak and investment’s faltering. That’s OK then image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 07:00:07 AM
....”. The Institute for Fiscal Studies looked at another autumn statement initiative – the government plan to extend free childcare for three- and four-year-olds in England from 15 to 30 hours a week – and asked whether it was likely to boost parental employment. ...
Young women 'shut out of jobs market' by lack of support image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 03:08:28 AM
.... . But they face obstacles, such as unaffordable childcare and an expectation among some families that good mothers should stay at home with their children. ...
Hammond needs to look beyond road-building to lift UK's productivity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of November 2016 01:45:44 PM
.... Her employer wants to capitalise on the woman’s experience and offers her a senior role. Fearful of how that new role will fit in with her childcare arrangements, the woman turns down the promotion. ...
Will banning letting agency fees lead to higher rents? We ask the experts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of November 2016 06:59:25 AM
....”. The couple pay around £1,300 a month in rent, with childcare swallowing a further £1,000. ...
How will the autumn statement affect you? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:59:50 PM
....Schemes that allow you to cut your tax bill by signing up to gym membership through your employer, or other benefits such as health checks, will disappear – from April 2017 there will be no benefit to these salary sacrifice schemes. The chancellor will still allow tax-efficient arrangements for pensions, childcare, Cycle to Work and ultra-low emission cars. ...
'I worry about money all the time': the Jam reality in Birmingham image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:59:52 AM
....For the moment she is just about managing by being careful not to buy new clothes for herself and by eating meals at her parents’ house whenever they are offered. Clare Yates, 30, who has two daughters, one 14 months and the other three years old, is also hoping for more help with childcare costs. ...
Fears Philip Hammond will launch workers tax raid in Autumn Statement image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 04:22:00 PM
....". It comes after a government consultation around salary sacrifice arrangements, which recommended benefits be taxed, with the exception of pension contributions, childcare or cycle to work schemes. ...
Philip Hammond 'to mount tax raid on employee benefits' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 01:01:37 PM
....Cars could be heavily affected because nearly half of company cars are provided by businesses that offer a cash alternative — although it is possible that super-low-emissions electric/hybrid cars could be exempted to encourage take-up. A government consultation has already said that pension contributions, childcare and cycle-to-work schemes will not be affected by the changes. ...
Jam tomorrow: all Philip Hammond is likely to offer struggling Britons image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 02:48:08 PM
.... A cash-strapped Hammond is not going to come up with all the answers. Freezes to fuel duties, more generous childcare subsidies and money for road improvements represent tinkering rather than a fundamental shift in policy. ...
Autumn Statement: £1.3bn to target congestion roads image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 04:07:19 AM
...."The chancellor can start by introducing a real living wage. He needs to provide honest solutions to the childcare crisis, he said. ...
Childcare 'key to reducing inequality' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 12:06:20 AM
. Improved childcare has been identified as the single policy that could do most to reduce income inequality, in research at Heriot-Watt University. ...
Workers 'cutting hours' because of childcare costs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 13th of November 2016 03:04:31 AM
. More than one in four UK business leaders say employees have cut their hours because of the "high cost of childcare", a report from the British Chambers of Commerce says. ...
Doing the chores valued at £1tn a year in the UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 08:22:49 PM
. The total value of all the unpaid work done by the UK population, mostly by women – from cooking meals and cleaning the house to childcare, DIY and gardening – has been officially valued at £1tn a year by the country’s top statisticians. ...
Who does the childcare in your house? Figures show parents do less than they used to image
....The amount of time parents spent caring for children has fallen since the year 2000, with grandparents and siblings stepping in to offer unpaid help, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. New data for unpaid work shows the average amount of time parents devote each day to childcare fell by 5. ...
New benefit cap starts amid fears for single parents image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 12:02:28 AM
....Under the new system, Ms Bradley's benefits will be capped unless she works at least 16 hours a week. Speaking to BBC Breakfast on the day the new system was introduced, the mother-of-four from Coventry said she would "quite happily work", but the childcare costs and the job of looking after her four children made it much harder to do so. ...
Equal pay is still far-off for Britain, where the gender gap narrows at a glacial pace image
.... They include flexible parental leave and the national living wage, of which two-thirds of recipients are women. The government is also increasing the amount of free childcare on offer to working parents and – in a bid to put pressure on employers – from April next year all those with more than 250 staff will have to publish their gender pay gap. ...
A post-Brexit recovery – for Gove at least image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of November 2016 07:00:09 AM
....Meanwhile Gove will be talking in particular about the future trade deals necessary to boost UK exports. He is the final speaker at the conference, so let’s hope he has got his childcare arrangements sorted out. ...
Extend maternity pay and free childcare says business group CBI image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of October 2016 11:28:44 AM
. For many working parents, juggling household bills with childcare is a major problem. ...
Maternity leave should be extended at cost of £2.1bn, says CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of October 2016 11:01:05 PM
....The business lobby group urged the chancellor to adopt an £11. 5bn shopping list of measures, including lengthening maternity leave from nine months to a year to bridge the gap with the earliest date from which parents can claim childcare support. ...
Women work 39 days a year more than men, report says image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 11:18:30 PM
....Nearly a quarter of a billion women have entered the global workforce over the past decade, the report says. Although men do 34% more paid work than women, women still spend more of their time on unpaid work such as housework, childcare and care for older people. ...
Parents' budgets pushed to brink amid huge cost of raising children image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 04:25:00 PM
.... Jane Clack from PayPlan said: “There are clearly concerns for parents at the moment who have typically been the more reliable savers and scrimpers among us. “Childless people have more freedom to spend or save depending on their situation, whereas parents face charges that simply cannot be ignored – childcare, clothing and food for example. ...
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Your own boss?  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of October 2016 05:31:39 PM
.... So while her income dropped, it was because she was working fewer hours. The mum-of-two from Northampton decided to work for herself because she and her husband found it difficult to arrange flexible childcare for their primary school-aged children. ...
Gender pay gap is widest during workers' 50s, analysis shows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of October 2016 08:39:26 AM
.... That’s why we’re taking action by requiring employers to publish their gender pay and bonus gaps for the first time ever from April next year. “We are modernising the workplace through shared parental leave, doubling the amount of free childcare available to working parents and we are working with employers to make sure that women, no matter their age, have the support they need to stay in the workforce. ...
Childcare costs 'hit mortgage applicants' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 09:23:29 AM
. Parents are asking family and friends to look after their children to reduce childcare costs while they apply for a mortgage, a survey has suggested. ...
Low paid 'miss out on flexible working' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 11:07:51 PM
.... . These flexible hours enabled Kellie to drop off her children at childcare in the morning and "see them grow up in the early evening," says Kellie. ...
Six million low-income families 'worse off than 10 years ago' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 06:00:38 PM
. Six million working families on low incomes are poorer than they were a decade ago due to an unprecedented squeeze on pay and rising costs of housing and childcare, a study has found. ...
How to live the Good Life without giving up the rat race image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of September 2016 06:00:24 AM
....“It’s not a super cheap way of living, but we generate a lot of our own electricity from solar panels and our water comes from the bore holes, for which we pay a small maintenance fee each month. Plus there are a lot of ways to save cash and co-operate such as buying wholefoods in bulk, lift shares and helping each other out with childcare. ...

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