I keep reading articles about how tax credits won't apply to third or subsequent children born after a particular date (April 2017). It follows this part of George Osborne's emergency budget speech. Families who have a third or subsequent child after April 2017 will not receive additional Tax Credit … [Read more...] about Existing children and the third child tax credit cut off.
I've just sent the following letter to my MP. If you feel you can support the campaign, please consider doing similarly. The information you need is here and you can use the WriteToThem website. *** I don't know whether you've ever heard of Connor Sparrowhawk, also known as Laughing Boy. He had … [Read more...] about Supporting the #LBBill
In the run up to this general election, there's been a lot of time spent debating welfare, welfare reform, spending and so on. The received wisdom is that benefits need to be cut/ capped/ people must work, either for their benefits (workfare) or in paid apprenticeships. So we have sanctions, where … [Read more...] about Welfare reform: the moral and practical case for basic income.
This weekend, Education secretary, Nicky Morgan announced a 'war on illiteracy and innumeracy' According to the BBC, this means that All children in England will be expected to know up to their 12 times table when they leave primary school, the government has announced. Education Secretary Nicky … [Read more...] about #TellNicky Children's education shouldn't be a battlefield
Since I got back from camp last week (this night a week ago I was detouring around Coventry I think) I've struggled to hit my writing balance. It's no secret to regular readers that I find it difficult to keep true to the things I want to do, while also doing a bit of commercial stuff that brings in … [Read more...] about EUVAT and exhaustion