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Breadwinning - relationships matter too

By Dalia Ben-Galim

07 August 2013

The sunshine of the summer holidays can often be overshadowed by the worry of the expense needed for kids to have fun. The average cost for a week of summer holiday childcare is now over £100, a rise of 9 per cent in England, putting additional pressure on working parents. Families muddle through with...

Spurring on northern growth is dependent on not one silver bullet but a combination of improving skills, infrastructure, innovation, investment and governance. Improving skills is the most important of these drivers for growth in areas like the north of England. The OECD, Lord Heseltine’s review and...

It’s Parents’ Week this week, and a chance to celebrate families. For many this will mean reflecting on the time that they spend together as a family and the perennial challenge of trying to find more time in the day. The Government seems poised for reflection as well. After months of consultation and...

This week, the Government launched Junior ISAs (Individual Saving Accounts for under 18s - JISA). JISAs are replacing Child Trust Funds (CTF) that were scrapped by the government in May last year. A new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research called Asset Stripping: Child Trust Funds and the...

Over the last week, I have been fortunate to have presented at Inclusion's Welfare to Work conference on job sustainability and advancement as well as at Fundaciόn ideas on youth unemployment. At both of these conferences, the issue of youth unemployment and how to best tackle it was high on the agenda....

Every parent knows that childcare is expensive. The cost of childcare in the UK is actually double that of most other OECD countries — accounting for over a quarter of an average dual earning family income. With childcare costs continuing to rise, wages stagnating, VAT increasing and inflation rising,...