This could well be the catchphrase of the new British administration. One of their first moves was to increase the amount of free childcare for pre-school children. Great. Parents worry about the cost of childcare, some even find it is not economical for both parents to work; unless they have reasonably well-paid jobs putting their children in nursery or paying a child-minder can eat up half a family income.
But what does our wonderful caring prime minister do for “hard-working families”? He offers an increase in free nursery provision but limits it to those parents who already have paid jobs. Couples struggling to find a job as well as care for their children are ignored. Surely a family where both parents are unemployed has a greater need than a two-salaried household?
If a grant is to be made for childcare, it should be available for every child, not just those fortunate enough to have two working parents. Surely a child with both parents out of work needs more not less help? Talk about catch 22. A couple – or perhaps a single parent – can’t find work because they have to look after a young child. Because they can’t find work they can’t get the extra childcare paid for by the state that might enable them to find work. Madness, total madness. And we, the British electorate voted this government in and we will be stuck with them for the next five years.
Another example of giving to the rich is the matter of the 10 % rise in MPs salaries, supposedly fixed by an independent body. I would agree that members of parliament should not decide their own salaries, but I can’t help wondering just how independent the body is that decides them and what criteria they use to determine it. Who appointed them in the first place? The government? Parliament?
It is particularly infuriating when workers in other professions have either very low pay increases or none at all. No MP should have a greater percentage increase than they award to doctors, nurses, teachers and local authority employees. Simple.
I’ve read somewhere that some MPs will not accept the increase and propose to give the extra money to charity. Fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t solve the problem. The money has been taken from the public purse and won’t be there to pay for other things. It’s not even as if the cash went to help decrease the deficit that Cameron keeps bleating on about. There’s a thought: no pay increases for MPs until the deficit has been paid off! Why not?