London cost of living 20-50% higher than rest of UK

This blog post was written by Tom Owen, volunteer at LVSC A recent Loughborough University / Trust for London study shows that it costs 20% – 50% more for households in London to reach a minimum decent standard of living than elsewhere in the UK. One in three Londoners, and 43% of people in families [Read more]

Rigid flexibility: the work of the Working Families Legal Advice Service in 2014

Blog post written by Tom Owen, volunteer at LVSC   The Working Families Legal Advice Service provides advice and information to working families, and coaches callers on discussions with their employers to help them remain in work. Working Families recently published a briefing reviewing the performance of its services over the last year, alongside policy [Read more]

CAB: inflexibility of childcare and upfront fees create barriers for parents, on top of costs

The practicalities of childcare: an overlooked part of the puzzle? (PDF) Citizens Advice have published a new report looking beyond the problems of childcare costs, to some of the practical difficulties when using childcare. Key findings: 90% of providers required payment in advance and nearly 60% require this monthly. 75% of providers did not provide [Read more]

Centre for Social Justice: Govt’s back to work plans threatened by high childcare costs

High childcare costs should be tackled to ensure Government plans to make work pay reach their full potential, according to a new report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). The CSJ report today highlights the scale of the bills for state childcare subsidies – from next year £2.3 billion annually or as much as [Read more]

Queen’s speech announcements re: flexible working and employment law reform

Perhaps surprisingly, there was very little on jobs and growth in the Queen’s speech on 9 May 2012. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will, among other things, overhaul the employment tribunal system and ‘transform the dispute resolution landscape’. It will encourage early conciliation and rename compromise agreements as ‘settlement’ agreements to more accurately reflect [Read more]

Lone Parent Obligations: work, childcare and the JSA regime – DWP

Findings from the report show that: The lone parents in this study were generally very positive about work and the benefits that it would bring them and their families.  Lone parents felt positive about work for both financial and non-financial reasons. The work readiness of lone parents depended on whether they had a ‘strong work [Read more]

Female employment hit by public sector cuts and childcare costs | Business | The Guardian

Unemployment among women is already at its highest level for more than two decades, at 1.09 million, and with jobs going in the public sector and retail industry it is expected to rise further. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) wants to bring the jobless number down with universal childcare, something it argues would pay [Read more]

Childcare not included in benefits cap | Benefits in the Future

Speaking in yesterday’s Lords Grand Committee session looking at the benefits cap, Lord Freud, the minister, said that childcare support would be excluded from the cap. In an exchange with Lord Mackenzie he said The noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, asked about childcare-specifically whether those working a small number of hours will be eligible for support [Read more]

Don’t turn back time on women’s rights – fawcettsociety.org.uk

Detailing a series of key policy recommendations for government, the Life Raft for Women’s Equality comes amid growing evidence that the government’s approach to reducing the deficit is ‘turning back time’ on women’s equality – and is published on the same day the Minister for Women and Equalities is expected to give a speech outlining [Read more]