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 AvatarStephen Hesketh 1st Feb - 8:39am
    If I were feeling satirical I might say, "Lib Dem Voice - the place for members and supporters to praise the leadership and their policies."...
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    margaret 31st Jan '15 - 1:19pm "......I was amazed that, eg, during the passage of NHS act, it was possible, both in the Commons and...
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    Martin I am a graduate - when will I receive my tax bill? If it is a tax then I assume it will be collected...
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    @Paul Walter "How this free speech thing works is that editors of websites make decisions. Then web readers have the right to decide what to...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 1st Feb - 7:24am
    Simon Shaw I note that your latest Focus features Ronnie Fearn wearing a mini kllt. Have you switched to "doing irony" full time now? Or...
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    Paul Walter Paul, no need to be so defensive. I was not complaining, I was just making an observation. My observation was inspired more by...