Archive for the ‘Tax and benefits system’ Category

Swedish childcare system is hardly a utopian model

June 28, 2011

Click here for this article from the Irish Times.

Also here for “Rose-tinted view of ‘Nordic’ childcare based on misconceptions”.

Supporting marriage

April 20, 2011

In this article, Jill Kirby – former chair of FTM – uses the upcoming Royal Wedding as a hook to consider tax and benefits in the UK and how they disadvantage both marriage and families on single-incomes.

Single-earner families suffer under UK tax regime

March 7, 2011

This research by CARE – a Christian social policy charity – shows that married single-income couples are taxed more in the UK than elsewhere. Click here and here for press reaction.

Swedish experiences of child care

March 7, 2011

The text – click here – of a recent presentation at a meeting of the European Network of Cities for the Family by Jonas Himmelstrand of Haro, a Sweidish parental organisation, includes the following – which summarises the presentation well:

The state and society needs to be neutral as to the form of child care arrangements that the family chooses. Otherwise there is a definite risk that the shared responsibility will lead to dominant state control of the child care arrangements, and leaving parents powerless as to choices for their children.

Child benefit cut

November 1, 2010

Here are extracts from a letter an FTM member wrote to her MP.

Following our conversation last night I am enclosing the letter and petition from a group of local mothers. It was never originally meant as a petition but while talking about it in the playground other parents were interested and wanted to sign and so it evolved…. (more…)

Miliband supports FTMs

October 7, 2010

In this story about the government’s proposed changes to child benefit, the new Labour leader explicitly supports stay-at-home Mums:

The way they have gone about them has caused huge anxiety, particularly for mums who are staying at home while maybe their husbands are going out to work.

Child Benefit: What’s fair about taxing stay-at-home mums?

October 4, 2010

This article makes the reasonable point that the proposal to tax child benefit is another blow to single-income families.

New mothers forced back to work over debt worries

June 26, 2010

Click here for this Guardian article.

Ann Robinson, consumer policy director at uSwitch, said: “Debt and financial considerations combine to be the biggest motivating factor behind new mothers returning to the workplace. Despite women being told that they can ‘have it all’ and can choose whether to be a working or stay-at-home mum, the fact is that most have this choice stripped away from them by the financial realities of modern life.

…or, more specifically, this choice is stripped away by the policies of successive governments that subsidise anyone to look after children except their own parents.

Front-loading child benefit

June 22, 2010

Frank Field, a Labour MP, the new coalition’s government’s poverty advisor, and a past FTM AGM speaker, has proposed increasing child benefit for early years and decreasing it for later years. This will certainly make it easier for families with younger children to survive on just one income and have the mother (of the father) at home most of the time.

But cutting child benefit for older children underestimates the ‘face-time’ that teenagers require. Better would be to finance an increase in child benefit – across the board – by scrapping non-parental childcare subsidies, such as nurseries.

The folly of means-tested (child) benefit

May 14, 2010

Reports are that child benefits ‘for the rich’ are firmly in the sights on the new British coalition government as it seeks to tackle the huge deficit in public finances. And what could be wrong with not giving money to people who do not need it? (more…)