feminist

Tania Sullivan: Family life pays the price of having it all

For decades now women have been told they can have it all. The feminist movement told us how we no longer had to be restricted to the confines of our homes and families. There...

Chris McGovern: A strike for better teaching. These kids have a point

This is a confusing time to be a parent with children at school. What are they to make of the latest headline? A 14 year-old pupil has led a child ‘walk out’ in protest at...

Jill Kirby: George’s goodies prove small beer alongside our debt-ridden, bloated state

“We forget how far from reality we still are.” Thus the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson closed his remarks to the BBC panel on the Budget. And that just about...

Nick Wood: Another pounding for the traditional family. Will the Tories have any voters...

Keep the champagne on ice, especially if you are one of many middle class families with a lone breadwinner on around £60,000 a year. Under a Conservative government, you have already lost £1,750 a year...

Alex Wild: Tax-free childcare or childcare benefit?

The Government has repeatedly (and correctly) brought up the disingenuous labelling of some of their benefits reforms. What has become popularly known as the “Bedroom Tax” is clearly not a tax, but a reduction in...

Anne Fennell of Mothers at Home Matter: We do not value unpaid care

“Families where two parents work are far more deserving of State support for the care of their children than families where one parent cares for their children at home.” The message from the government is...
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Kristian Niemietz: Not another childcare subsidy – how about deregulating childcare instead?

Childcare policy used to be a very simple issue. Classical liberals, and many conservatives, used to argue that if parents with young children wanted to earn two salaries, then they should pay for the...

Harry Benson: The marriage tax break could still make a difference

The government’s proposed introduction of a tax relief for married couples ought to be welcome news. It’s the first clear policy in support of marriage in a generation. And boy do we need it. Government...

James Bartholomew: Why do people talk more about ‘poverty’ now that there is so...

Edited extract from The Welfare State We're In by James Bartholomew (Biteback 2014 £14.99) Here is a puzzle. In the Middle Ages there was terrible poverty. Britain was afflicted by at least ninety-five famines. In...

Tim Loughton MP: The playing field for families just got a little bumpier

One of the great driving forces behind this Government has been a determination to attack inequality and close gaps. The pupil premium is helping to narrow the appalling gap in educational achievement between those from...