Helping Young Families Thrive

As part of the celebrations of International Women’s Day, Greenwich and Woolwich Labour Party will be holding an open “Parents and families” discussion to listen to the views of local families about they can be supported in helping young families thrive on Saturday March 6.

Since 1997 Labour has made a huge difference to young families. 90% of families qualify for tax credits and many can claim up to 80% of childcare costs. Paid maternity leave has increased from 14 just weeks in 1997 to 39 weeks now, whilst every father now has the right to two weeks paid leave. Child benefit has seen above inflation rises from £11.05 to £20 for first child and £9 to £13.20 for other children, whilst nursery education has massively expanded, with every 3 and 4 year old now getting 12.5 hours a week free nursery provision: which will rise to 15 hours later this year. Labour has support modern families’ complex career and childcare decisions by giving parents the right to request flexible working. Sure Start Children’s Centres have been built to provide childcare, early education and support for families. These are differences that would be jeopardised by a Conservative government. The Conservatives opposed paid paternity leave and opposed extending paid maternity leave. They have promised to cutting Sure Start.  Their policy on child benefits and child tax credits is not clear.

But despite these improvements, many mums and families still face many challenges balancing work, careers, money and ensuring the best for the children. Labour activists want to see further support for families – and we would like to hear your views and experiences about how that support can be best achieved, whether or not you are a Labour supporter. Please do join us for some tea, cakes and discussion.

Saturday March 6, 3-5pm, Mycenae House, Mycenae Road, SE3
Special Guests:
Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Children and Families
Cllr Alex Grant, Councillor for Westcombe Park Ward

Pat Boado Darko Women’s Officer, Greenwich and Woolwich Labour Party

David Gardner Chair, Greenwich and Woolwich Labour Party

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One Response to Helping Young Families Thrive

  1. gualetar says:

    The subject is fully clear but why does the text lack clarity? But in general your blog is great.

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