Eastleigh mum visits Parliament to discuss childcare

Madeline Cole with daughter Elizabeth and Steve Brine MP

Madeline Cole with daughter Elizabeth and Steve Brine MP

Eastleigh mum Madeline Cole, travelled to parliament earlier this month to meet with Winchester and Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine to voice her concerns about the rising costs of childcare.

The event, hosted by family charities, NCT and the Family and Childcare Trust was held to support parents being squeezed out of the workplace by expensive childcare costs.

The NCT say that with 80% of women planning to return to work after having children and nursery costs for under twos in the South East, rising by 2.5% in the last year alone, many parents in the local area are struggling to cope and that with only 43% of local councils in England reporting sufficient levels of childcare for working parents, finding quality childcare is also an increasing issue.

Madeline Cole, mother and NCT Eastleigh volunteer said,

“Childcare costs are prohibitive to many women returning to work. I’m fortunate that I’m able to use my family support network to care for my daughter. I know many families in the local area that do not have this option and are unable to afford childcare.

“It is a great shame that so many women are unable to continue their career or improve the living standards of their own families because of the prohibitive cost of childcare.

“It was a great opportunity to be able to talk to Steve directly about the issues families face and the NCT Manifesto call to offer all parents 15 hours of free childcare as soon as parents return to work.  Steve took the time to see me and he listened and understood all the issues families with young children face”.

Winchester MP, Steve Brine added,

“With two little ones of my own, I understand these challenges very well of course but it’s always useful to meet constituents and hear about their experiences. This Government has a strong record for working parents with 15 hours free childcare delivered for 3 and 4 year olds, free childcare for 2 year olds for lower income families and new rights for shared parental leave and flexible working but there’s more we can do.

“As ever with the NCT, the lobby was well organised and very clear in what it was asking of the next Government. I will be arguing their case within my party without hesitation”.

  3 comments for “Eastleigh mum visits Parliament to discuss childcare

  1. March 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

    A failed Lib Dem policy tried to reduce the ratio of carers to children under 5, reducing the quality of care for other people’s children – not their own! The Conservatives believe we should let the market decide meaning mums who want to work and have to work as bills rise, can’t and so live reduced lives.
    Parents shouldn’t face the prospect of taking a job that ends up costing them more than they’ll earn. Labour’s policy will give working parents 25 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds per week.
    Mark Latham

    • maureen
      March 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Caring for my own children (it’s called parenting and its a duty not a hobby), is not living a reduced life, Mr Latham. Less money, yes, but richly rewarded in other ways.

  2. March 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Play it, again “Sam”
    Labour has accused the Conservatives of being obsessed by taxing the
    poor for unoccupied bedrooms while refusing to act against the super-rich who keep mansions empty for years.

    The allegation follow the Guardian’s revelation at the weekend that a third
    of houses on the most expensive stretch of “Billionaires Row” in Hampstead, North London, are standing vacant. The London mayor, Boris Johnson, called on more town halls to levy a punitive 50% extra council tax on owners of empty homes.

    But Labour immediately hit back saying it was not enough to end the scandal. At least £350m worth of property is sitting unused in The Bishop Ave, the so called Billionaires Row. The vacant and often ruined properties include 10 mansions previously owned on behalf of the Saudi royal family that have not been lived in for up to 25years.

    “Labour would crack down on empty homes loopholes and give councils proper powers to tackle buy-to-leave where overseas investors buy up
    properties and then leave them empty. Councils have powers under dwelling management orders to take over the running of empty homes and collect or force their sale, but these powers are not routinely used.

    In central London only 27% of new homes went to UK buyers, according
    to the estate agency Knight Frank. More than half were sold to buyers from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Russia. This is a government obsessed by under-occupation of two bedroom council houses in London occupied by people, with know where know else to go.
    Labour’s policy is a 100% council tax levy on empty homes, it estimates there are there are 50,000 Empty homes in London.
    Sam

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