Archive for the ‘Return to work’ Category

Families and work: Revisiting barriers to employment

April 22, 2011

This research, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, includes the finding that “There was… a widespread reluctance to use formal childcare”. Many parents want to look after their own children rather than outsource.

Also, the report’s title shows a bias, assuming that everyone should be in full-time employment. This is wrong. Better to  aim that all  people are households where sufficient money is earned to cover the costs of everyone in that household – a subtle but important distinction.

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Early years childcare in East Germany

March 17, 2011

The implication of this article is that taxpayers should finance non-parental childcare so that mothers (or indeed fathers) do not have the onerous obligation of looking after their own children.

Even simpler would be to permanently put children into state-run orphanages. That would save parents the hassle of having to even put children to bed and look after them at weekends and holidays when schools are closed.

Why can’t governments just let alone and allow people to make their own choices? Some parents want to look after their own children, others don’t. Why should the tax and benefits system favour one group over another?

“There’s so much more to being a woman than the job you do”

March 5, 2011

Click here for the full article from the Daily Mail. This includes the following:

Not so blessed is the tired mum who returns unwillingly to her mundane job on a production line simply because the family desperately needs her wage.

Indeed, just becauae both parents are out at work does not mean that they are happy about it.

Do women really want to marry for money?

January 6, 2011

Click here for a Daily Telegraph story based on research from Catherine Hakim, a former FTM AGM speaker, and a researcher at the London School of Economics.

Women can’t have it all: Female academic says those with top jobs only end up with ‘nominal families’

December 20, 2010

Click here for a news item on a report by Catherine Hakim, a former FTM AGM speaker.

When should mums return to work?

August 11, 2010

Click here for this BBC radio item, featuring Anna Lines, FTM’s chair.

The answer to the question above is, “When they want to – not swayed by tax-payer subsidised non-parental childcare”.