Employment or childcare – both are important

Recent government announcements have really annoyed me as they seem to be so biased towards us working rather than looking after our own children.

The reduction and then complete removal of child benefit kicks in when one person in a household earns more than £50k, so if both parents earn £49k they get to keep it.  This is blatently unfair to families where one parent has decided to look after the children rather than work.

Then yesterday an announcement that there will be a tax relief system to compensation working mother’s for childcare.  Details are not yet available and I applaud what it seeks to do for mothers working but there seems to be no flip side to support woman who are looking after their children.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very much ‘live and let live’ and I don’t think there is a right and wrong way to do it, for some people there isn’t even the choice.  But what gets me ranting is the lack of acknowledgement that if one parent is looking after the children is an equally important role for the country.

It seems to me that it boils down to the fact that if you aren’t in paid employment you are therefore not adding to the economy or the government cash with your tax and ni payments so what you’re doing is not worthwhile.

I’d like to see a method of rewarding parents who take a break from employment to care for their children too.  Howabout some tax incentive when they do go back? Or a way to transfer their tax allowance to the partner that is working?  It can’t really be that hard to get the balance right can it?

Can you help us?

mumandworking is all about finding a way for parents to have a job and look after their children – so acknowledging both roles are important and vital!  We have a survey running at the moment to understand how different types of jobs fit with family life – can you spare 2 minutes to do the survey for us please?   It’s even support by Claire Young from The Apprentice!

Take the survey here —> http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6okqc0uh9uyrcec/start


3 Responses to “Employment or childcare – both are important”

  1. Petit Mom Says:

    I do think the big mistake they are making is letting those who make a joint income of £60K or more still get the full benefits and yet if a single parent makes £60K and the other doesn’t work at all then they lose it all. At first I was like “how can that be a problem? Surely they can live on that amount of money” but reading more into it I found that the issue is cost of childcare. We are on £22K single income and I look after my son full time at home. I’d love to have a day or two with him at nursery (for him more than me as he’d get to socialise with other children) but we just can’t afford the childcare costs right now.
    I guess we’ll just see how it goes, after all if it’s really that bad they’ll soon lose power when we get to vote again.

    • swilloughby Says:

      Thanks for taking the time and trouble to comment Petit Mom. I heard someone on the radio yesterday suggesting they should extend the childcare allowance that kicks in for all children at 2 years 9 months ( I think the age this kicks in is being lowered a bit anyway) irrespective of whether the parents work or don’t work. I don’t know how old your son is but that could be a way to support both stay at home mums and working mums equally. However I know the allowance doesn’t usually cover the whole per hour costs of childcare – this is why I’m such a huge supporter of the charity pre-schools because you often don’t need to pay any more per hour. I volunteered at my daughter’s for 3 years and we have a special award for charity pre-schools in the What’s On 4 Junior Awards sponsored by Konfidence – they need all the help and support they get for making childcare affordable.

  2. suz Says:

    I agree entirely – seems so ill thought out – if only women – especially mums ran the country!

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