Author Archives: Richard Shaw

Opinion: A liberal approach to affordable childcare

Childcare CentreChildcare in the UK is expensive.

In 2011 the OECD reported the UK having the second highest costs of childcare for any OECD country in terms of average family incomes. According to the Daycare Trust, full-time nursery care costs parents an £11,000 per year on average and around £4,000 for care for two school-age children around the start and end of the school day.

Many parents have to choose between leaving work to care for their kids, sacrificing much needed income or continuing in work and struggling with the costs of childcare. If they’re lucky their household earnings are enough that either option doesn’t cause any considerable hardship.

But it’s not the cost of childcare that’s the problem – it’s the way we pay for it.

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Opinion: Renationalising the railways is not the solution – devolution is

David Thorpe recently wrote a Liberal Democrat Voice piece advocating the (piecemeal) renationalisation of the railways and the latest LDV survey found more than 40% of members want the railways fully nationalised. I wish to provide some historical context and offer an alternative solution.

Nationalisation in1948 was the culmination of a process started by the First World War. During the war, the railways were taken over by the government, run-down and eventually consolidated

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  • User AvatarTony Rowan-Wicks 1st Oct - 9:00am
    Well spotted Caron. And in reply to Tony, I would hope that every Lib Dem MP and every LD election campaigner is just waiting for...
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    @JohnTilley +1 @malc +1 It seems to me a far more effective way of "blunting the Tory blade" as Kelly-Marie put it would have been...
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    @Caracatus - in answer to: "and after we have an EU in out referendum – what happens to the UKIP vote?" - I'm assuming that...
  • User AvatarAnthony Vaughan 1st Oct - 8:32am
    Fantastic letter! Theresa May has a habbit of selecting the evidence to suit her needs and aims! JohnTilley is right, the Tories maje it so...
  • User AvatarMark 1st Oct - 8:31am
    Well said!
  • User AvatarRichard 1st Oct - 8:29am
    Great - so now pin her down during ministerial questions. Let us remember that Theresa May was the minister who allowed her own department to...