In my post "Be Brave" I spoke about how Stay At Home Mums had a unique position in our society to challenge what has become the consensus in politics itself. One of these is that it is better for women to go to work than to stay at home.
However, just because I am a stay at home mum does not mean I do not value the voice I have through my vote. Without the voices of mothers I believe that politics is hollow. However the way I have used, and plan to use, my vote has changed dramatically as a result of what I have witnessed in my years on the workplace.
Labour in my blood!
Doubts about the social revolution.
Crossing over to the dark side.
The biggest joke is I voted Conservative just when they stopped being Conservative!
|As Peter Hitchens points out, |
it's never a factory worker when working women are depicted.
Also, where are the calls for equal amounts of female bin-men?
- Liz Truss (the Child Care Minister, yes that's right, the child care minister) has pointed to Germany and its boosted economy by increasing the number of women returning to work after having children.
- Added to this is, despite the Governments claim that it supports all mothers, financially you're better off working. Despite the promise to protect 'traditional families' during the Conservatives election campaign with a transferable tax allowance between spouses they have introduced tax changes that directly disadvantage stay-at-home mothers. Changes to child benefit have affected couples if the higher earner takes more than £50,000 a year.
- Furthermore, as Gavin Kelly pointed out in the New Statesmen in March, the government’s new childcare policy which is proposing to spend near on £1bn on childcare, excludes those on tax credits is very significant. He states that the hazy notion that Universal Childcare Credit is about the 'poor' is untrue, it actually reaches many households on middle incomes relying on childcare. "A couple with two children in childcare would have to be on more than £40k of post-tax income before they come off universal credit (the figure is significantly higher if they are renting rather than home-owners). That is above the middle of the working-age income distribution. Those who have highly misleadingly referred to the vouchers policy as being ‘universal’ need to change their language."