Posts in the category of: Families and children

This Government has decided that the best way to tackle the problem of child poverty is to run away from it.

by Liam Byrne | 19.06.12

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, speaking in response to the government’s child poverty announcement, said: “This Government has decided that the best way to tackle the problem of child poverty is to run away from it. “But they cannot escape the bottom line – this Government has created a perfect storm leaving […]

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Emergency delay in Universal Credit as Ministers don’t seem to know how their own multi-billion pound programme will work

by Liam Byrne | 19.06.12

Emergency delay in Universal Credit as Ministers don’t seem to know how their own multi-billion pound programme will work   The government’s enormous Universal Credit scheme appears to be couriering off the tracks, as Ministers are forced to push back their scheme into 2014 as fears grow that DWP can’t answer 5 of the most […]

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Labour attacks ‘smoke and mirrors’ on childcare

by Liam Byrne | 06.10.11

Liam Byrne today attacked Iain Duncan Smith for playing ‘smoke and mirrors’ with childcare funding – and warned thousands of parents will still be left short of cash to pay for childcare when Universal Credit is introduced. The government will announce on Friday, £300 million of emergency funding for childcare ahead of Labour’s childcare protection […]

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The Government must stop its ‘parent penalty’

by Liam Byrne | 03.10.11

“Today’s speech from Iain Duncan Smith shows just how out of touch the Tories are with the challenges facing families and out of date with the reality of modern Britain. “The proposal to recognise marriage in the tax system shows the Tories have no new ideas to help families feeling the squeeze from their decision […]

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Labour Challenges Tories on Childcare

by Liam Byrne | 02.10.11

Liam Byrne today warned Iain Duncan Smith that childcare will be Labour’s key battleground for the Welfare Reform Bill as debate begins in the House of Lords. Byrne has challenged the Tories to accept a slew of amendments Labour will be tabling, which are designed to ensure that parents don’t lose out on childcare entitlements […]

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Response to ‘Making Work Pay – the Childcare Trap’, a report by the Daycare Trust and Save the Children

by Liam Byrne | 07.09.11

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to ‘Making Work Pay – the Childcare Trap’, a report by the Daycare Trust and Save the Children, said: “The Government has got to call a halt to its unthinking attack on Britain’s childcare. Millions of Britain’s parents feeling the squeeze desperately want to work – […]

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Building a future prosperity we can all share

by Liam Byrne | 20.02.11

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be launching the policy review for work and pensions, and at the heart of our work will be the political and economic challenge of how we make sure the whole country – not just some – prosper, as recovery turns to growth. This challenge has now emerged as absolutely […]

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Rising prices hit squeezed middle

by Liam Byrne | 06.02.11

Resolution Foundation have been doing some sums looking at just how much poorer British families will be as a result of George Osborne’s squeeze. The answer? On average £720/ year by 2012. Here’s the link. Donald Hirsch recently added that the risk of rising global inflation could make the problem tougher still. Here’s the link. As Donald puts it; […]

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One in three say standard of living is falling

by Liam Byrne | 05.02.11

Worrying news from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which says that one in three workers says their standard of living has worsened over the past six months amid pay freezes and fewer opportunities for promotion, according to a study today. Here’s the story…. A survey of 2,000 employees showed that half reported […]

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Social mobility

by Liam Byrne | 05.02.11

Here’s the link to my debate with David Willets on Newsnight earlier this week; we kick off at around 33 minutes into the programme. I’ve also attached the report on social mobility I published at the Cabinet Office.gettingon (1)

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