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  • Why we need to shout about improving the rights of parents with disabled children

    We have to value the work that carers do. We have to invest in care. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the only financially responsible thing to do. Care is a vital motor for economic growth and productivity. People who care have valuable skills: empathy, patience, creativity. And when we talk about childcare we have to understand that includes the care of children with additional needs and disabilities. It is not good enough to expect parents to struggle alone for years.

  • An afternoon in Westminster: the Working Families policy conference

    By Richard Dunstan, Workflex blog editor Last Tuesday, some 120 policy wonks, campaigners and academics gathered in Portcullis House, Westminster for the second Working Families annual policy conference, kindly hosted by former cabinet minister Maria Miller MP. With the presentation of two new Working Families reports, keynote speeches by MPs from each of the three […]

  • Manifesto 2015: how does Labour measure up?

    In the second of our series of Workflex posts assessing the likely manifesto pledges of the main political parties, Richard Dunstan looks at how Labour Party policy measures up against our own 'Families & Work' manifesto for May 2015.

  • One year to go: a ‘families and work’ manifesto for May 2015

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer Previously on this blog, we set out a draft ‘families & work’ manifesto for the General Election in May 2015, with 14 specific policy proposals grouped under four headings: time; equality; money; and childcare infrastructure.  Using feedback on that draft from a wide range of partners, we have […]

  • Making work actually work for all: a ‘families & work’ manifesto for 2015

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer With fewer than 400 days to go until the general election in May 2015, teams of strategists, number-crunchers and policy wonks in each of the main parties will be burning the midnight oil between now and the party conference season in September, when the party manifestos are […]

  • Age matters: the TUC report on women over 50 in the workplace

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer, Working Families Yesterday morning, I spent an enjoyable and highly productive two hours with a bunch of fellow policy wonks from member organisations of our Families & Work Group, throwing around policy ideas for what will eventually form the Working Families manifesto for the 2015 General Election. […]