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More crap from New Labour;Shower of Shit

September 11, 2009

The Government’s aim is for every child to enjoy their childhood and have the opportunity to reach their potential.

The Government also believe the way to achieve this and their pledge to eliminate child poverty by 2020 is to make sure parents don’t parent their own children. They believe that children must live in a house that is empty of parents as they should ALL be out contributing to the GDP:

Both parents in families living below the breadline will be urged to go to work to lift their children out of poverty, one of the ministers responsible for developing the government’s child poverty strategy said yesterday

I’m used to lone mothers being told their children don’t matter and they are filthy scroungers if they wish to bring them up themselves (obviously the fathers of these children don’t face this criticism), but now this attack is being officially spread to all mothers.

Campaigners last night responded with caution, warning that pushing both parents into full-time, low-paid work could have a detrimental impact on family life

Well doh!  Can somebody inform NL;SoS.

Timms said the government wanted to offer incentives to help people in work, rather than introduce compulsion, but he added: “At this stage it is incentives, but there is a wider question about what other levers might be available and I wouldn’t, at this stage, want to rule that out.”

Levers to push poor people into poorly paid work? WTF!

How about this next statement – could it be that NL;SoS do have a heart after all?

The government would focus on families with older children, he said. “Clearly there are other issues here, like what about the very young child for example when the parent wants to be around.” The government would look at “overcoming barriers for second earners”, such as childcare, he said.

Ha ha, you’ve been fooled!  Older children start at age seven in oficial terms.  Seven year olds do not deserve parents.

Obviously “family-shaped jobs” would make more sense than “low-paid employment that requires them to work a very substantial number of hours” for those who wish to work, but which option do you think NL;SoS will choose?

For the hard of understanding within NL;SoS – Parenting is a full-time job – it is a very valuable thing to do – stop attacking mothers!  Get this bunch of tossers out of Government asap.


A little more reflection is shown in the next article about child poverty than all the reflection NL;SoS have been able to pretend to do about what women, children and families need.

Labour’s objective of halving child poverty by 2010 was always ambitious, if only because the government has been so loathe to tackle widening inequality. This summer’s child poverty bill was welcome evidence that it had not abandoned the fight even as the deepening recession eroded earlier gains. However, as we report today, the Treasury is still confident that work is the best route to take children out of poverty – even though half of all poor children do have one working parent. At least the minister, Stephen Timms, acknowledges in today’s interview that workless parents face greater barriers to finding a job than most other groups in society. But this nuanced approach is too often missing from a government whose welfare reform bill treads perilously [positively stamping actually] close to stigmatising the poor and plays all too easily into the Tories’ broken society agenda.

There are glaring weaknesses in basing an anti-poverty strategy on getting parents out to work, and not only because jobs are scarce. As research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published at the end of last year showed (just when the number of children in workless households went back above the 2m mark), few workless parents are wilfully unemployed. Most of those in their study wanted to work but could not. They found that who works is directly correlated to qualifications and earning capacity. Two thirds of mothers without qualifications are jobless. The ‘mini-jobs’ they might do if they were available are penalised by the benefits system (although less so since a late concession in the welfare bill). For the first time the research found a link between parents dropping out of work over summer and the lack of affordable holiday care for their children. Parents seeking part-time work are 60% more likely to be unemployed than the national unemployment rate. If there was a silver bullet that could solve child poverty, it is the government’s other commitments to improving parents’ qualifications and extending child care, not prioritising the demand they take low-paid jobs.

Labour rightly sees poverty as a moral issue that robs individuals of choice and control. Yet its emphasis on work and the threat of welfare penalties for those who do not risks narrowing the options of the poor even further just as its own legislation on flexible working is proving transformative for more and more. The evidence that pre-school age children do better with a parent at home remains contentious. But it should be a choice, not a necessity, for all parents under-fives to work. And it should be a choice, not a necessity, for all parents of school age children to work hours that fit round inflexible school holidays

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2009 07:45

    One trick ponies, GDP. So if a parent stays with a child, and the child has a happy fulfilled life. It is better that the parent goes out to work to buy a Playstation etc for the child to use when the parent isn’t there?

  2. September 12, 2009 14:16

    Oh yes – then the child can use said computer game at childminder/instutional childcare setting – 2 paid jobs making capital for commerce.

    Much easier than focusing on that our system has ensured that to survive all adults in a family should be in paid employment.

    You would laugh when looking at NL;SoS’s charter for children!

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