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 AvatarBrenda Lana Smith 3rd Mar - 12:18am
    @Stephen Hesketh 2nd Mar '15 - 8:43pm Maybe this will help you et al understand where I am coming from… as a 1933 Manchester born...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 3rd Mar - 12:14am
    This debate over life-expectancy seems to have become quite heated. Looking back up the thread, I believe that Simon and Stuart initially talked about "life...
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 3rd Mar - 12:02am
    I'd say that even in a federal system there should be an element of funding which is used for redistribution between different parts of the...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 2nd Mar - 10:48pm
    Well, the SNP claim to be a party of the left, but I thought "left" meant a belief in sharing wealth out equally. Saying"The money...
  • User AvatarA Social Liberal 2nd Mar - 10:43pm
    I don't understand how taking children out of school for one, two or three weeks in order to save their parents a few quid is...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 2nd Mar - 10:27pm
    Thank you for the clarification!