Parenthood Matters is a campaign and action group focused on improving the lives of parents and children in the UK. Find out here what our current focuses are.
Rebuild the childcare system
The childcare sector is on its knees, with many settings running at a loss. Parents are struggling to afford childcare. Struggling to return to work without the childcare they need. If we want to “build back better”, then we need to start with the childcare sector.
So what do we propose?
A sliding scale of funding based on household income. Those on lower incomes will be eligible for more funded hours. Irrespective of their child’s age. Those on higher incomes will be eligible for less hours. To avoid higher income families being exploited, place a reasonable cap on the price per hour of childcare, set at a level that would allow childcare settings to run at a profit. We recognise that extensive consultation would need to take place with the early years sector to understand the level they would need.
Lets help the childcare sector. Lets help parents and guardians. Lets help the country get back on its feet.
Sign here – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/550767
The #maternitypetition is where we began. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed additional pressures on new parents, from struggling to source childcare, a lack of adequate mental health support, and financial concerns. There are a number of measures that would help parents struggling at no fault of their own. Despite many of the measures being simple and cheap, the government has rejected them all. Find out more about the recommended measures here – https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmpetitions/526/526.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3Ptsoa-we2rlq-4Abdf9T2jxGe0fxhj00VqBmwnnkiU0Ke74Ljof4fRdg
Redudancy protection Bill
The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated the threat of maternity discrimination. The Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill, presented in the House of Commons by Conservative MP Maria Miller as a 10-minute rule bill, aims to provide women protection from redundancy when pregnant, in the six months following their child’s birth and during maternity leave.
While the government has pledged that this will be put into action as soon as parliamentary time allows, this will simply be too late for many women. We will continue to place pressure on the government to act NOW.
Fatherhood Matters is an awareness campaign, aimed at getting dads talking about their mental health. Men get Post Natal Mental health issues too, and its important to talk about it. Talking helps. Join the conversation at #Fatherhoodmatters
Want to get involved?
Writing to your MP is a good place to start. Let them know your views on a particular campaign, and how a particular outcome would affect your family. Find out who you MP is here – https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
Join the conversations online. Join our facebook group “Parenthood Matters”, and follow us on Instagram (@parenthoodmatters) and on Twitter (@Parenthoodmatt). Use our hashtag #parenthoodmatters