I've posted several times on this website about the lack of, and cost of, childcare.
It's not only me who feels strongly about this.
There will be marches throughout the country next Saturday attended by those who feel the same way.
Please join in.
Saturday, 29 October 2022 from 10:30 to 14:00
Devon EX4 6NN
I'll post more info about this march during the coming week.
Waste of time ,the government has more pressing issues to deal with than this
Well, when all this was organised who'd have thought that in between time the Tories would mess up this country's economy in the way that they have!
Child care is important, as its being in place frees up many (mostly Mummies) to get back into the workforce. More people in the workforce = more money going to individual families/more income tax being paid/helps the economy/helps pay mortgages & rents! (We have a workforce shortage at the moment remember along with a cost of living crisis.)
Given the state of the economy and how important child care is to help us get out of the mess that Lettuce Liz and Kamikase Kwarteng have gotten us into, I think it is even more important to keep this issue to the forefront of ministers' minds.
13 Oct 2021 — Investing in childcare would boost the annual income of working mothers in the UK by as much as £10bn, generating an additional 3 per cent ...
30 Jun 2022 — Britain | Britain's growth crisis. British child care is expensive ... access to child care “would have a massive benefit for the economy”.
And on the subject of workforce shortages, from what I have read one of the key ingredients for growng the economic pie (to use Lettuce Liz's expression) is NOT to have workforce shortages.
So........workforce numbers can help be rectified by releasing all those Mummies presently in enforced economic storage.
It's that and/or, (best whisper this quietly), import the workforce - aka increase immigration numbers.
RE, Workforse Shortages
How many UNEMPLOYED in this country?
There should be NO shortage of workforce!!!
For the first time since records began, there are more job vacancies in the UK than unemployed people, according to the latest monthly labour market figures. This has been driven mainly by a near-fourfold surge in job vacancies to around 1.3 million since the summer of 2020, when economic activity was allowed to resume at the end of the first COVID lockdown.
Dawlish is an expanding town with lots of new houses already having been built with 100s more scheduled to be constructed in the near future.
New houses very often bring with them young families and young families need suitable and appropriate infrastructure.
This includes affordable, available, and safe child care provision.
The south west has some of the highest housing costs in the country but equally it has lots of low pay. Most likely two salaries are needed to help pay the mortgage/rent and other household bills.
So how are such costs to be met if one parent has to drop out of the local workforce in order to stay at home and look after the kids?
We do not have sufficient child care provision in Dawlish at the present time. So not only does it need to expand now to meet present need but with all the new houses scheduled to be built Dawlish will need even more child care provision in the future.
March of the Mummies - Exeter - Saturday 29th October
10.30 am - meet up outside John Lewis
11.00am - march from John Lewis to Devon County Council offices
12 noon (ish) - rally at County Hall
1.00pm - finish
1.30--go home and make the dinner
Just imagine all those nurses and doctors, for example, who are presently stuck at home making dinners and the such like when they could be back working in the NHS if we only had but decent child care provision in this country.
Saw some Dawlish faces at the Exeter march and rally yesterday.
See page 7 latest issue of Dawlish Gazette.