Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Checks and balances

Before governments became so obsessed by what we think and do and all the unnecessary checks that the busybodies put into the systemwhen women who'd had a baby wanted to go back into the jobs market they could usually find a minder, often enough a family member, but occasionally a neighbour, essentially someone they trusted. Sometimes it cost them a few quid, but the whole point of doing it was so that yes they could work, but yes at the end of the day they had something to show for working. Even the registered childminders for all they weren't cheap, were still affordable, at least until health and safety regulations, followed by the now mandatory CRB checks came into force. The end result has of course been inevitable...
THE soaring cost of childcare forced 32,000 working mothers to quit their jobs in the past year, a study revealed yesterday.
Women working part-time and earning on average £8,557 are £98 worse off at the end of the month if they have to pay nursery charges.
Research by insurers Aviva found that 32,000 mothers left work to look after their children while their husbands become the sole earners.
The study also found that those in full-time work, earning an average of £17,513, have just £120 left over after paying for childcare, which can cost around £385 per month.
For children under two this soars to £729 a month.
Yep, if you can't find family or friends, you're buggered as the price you pay now goes way above what you earn if you're in the low paid sector/minimum wage area of the market. It means even if you want to work you're better off on benefits looking after your kids. Of course if you work you lose other housing and income support benefits too such is the system that has been foisted upon us.
The governments insistence on Criminal Record Bureau checks on anyone who comes into contact with kids has pushed the costs up as this cost is now factored into any payments working mums shell out, plus if you have a high turnover of staff, each new member needs a check, whether they were approved at their old place of work or not.

What the end result of this will be I do not know, it may be that more stay at home mums means better educated and behaved kids, it might even lead to the regeneration of our society back into a self help one. I doubt that was the original intention of the government though, it was all purely another attempt to dip their hands into our pockets. But as ever in these things, they've pushed it too far and some unintended circumstances has kicked in. They're losing workers in the jobs market, but kids are seeing more of their mums.
Might be a light at the end of the tunnel after all, only time will tell.

2 annotations:

BG! said...

Typical - the report goes on about working mothers quitting their jobs while fathers become sole earners. There's no mention of blokes like me who gave up work to do the "stay-at-home" dad thing while my better-half continues in her career.

This is yet another example of discrimination based on stereotypes.

Anyway, gotta go - busy getting the kids organised for Thursday's start of term. Then I have a home to clean before I prepare lunch. After that it's DIY and decorating until I stop to prepare the evening meals. After that it's time to clear up, do the weekly shop at Jack Cohen's 24hr emporium, get the kids to bed and maybe get 10 minutes of me-time before hitting the sack.

Of course, according to the feckwits at Aviva, blokes just don't do this sort of thing.

English Pensioner said...

Grandparent day tomorrow!
Our grandson does two days at nursery, Tuesdays with his other grandparents, and Fridays with us so that out daughter can do four day's work. Both sets of grandparents do this in order to encourage our children to save a bit as neither are in particularly secure jobs, and neither of us could give financial support in an emergency.
But it's totally exhausting and leaves no time for blogging!