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 AvatarDJ 26th Jun - 7:41pm
    When the SNP threatened the rule of Westminster Scotland was granted further powers and it was granted the attention it deserved by the B(ritish)BC. Now...
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    @Mike Thanks for the comment. I'm afraid there's been so many contradictory statements about Labour's welfare policy that I don't think we can look to...
  • User AvatarJohn King 26th Jun - 7:25pm
    Yes I think point 2 is an especially good one, Christian. Brexit is a fad, an eccentric idea based on pure fantasy. It was previously...
  • User AvatarJames 26th Jun - 7:20pm
    Frank I'm well aware of the unemployment situation as I'm a recipient of jsa and highly employable. You seem to have no idea of what's...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 26th Jun - 7:18pm
    Resistance is futile! Surrender now or you will be exterminated! I think we've heard this kind of thing before. Nein Danke!
  • User AvatarChristian 26th Jun - 7:13pm
    The big issue as I see is that a deal is only in the interest of a small number of politicians. Think about it, Brexiteers...
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