The Government lacks strategy on childcare and families, writes Jenny in The New Statesman.
Writing in her new role as Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Jenny says it is difficult to contain the incredulity listening to David Cameron attempt to convince a sceptical Conservative Party and public that he knows best when it comes to parenting.
"It’s never been tougher for parents to provide the kind of start in life for their children that they had hoped would be possible," she writes. "Policies from across government departments are to blame from the removal of Child Benefit, cuts to Tax Credits, spiralling costs of childcare and the decimation of Sure Start to a shortage of midwives, cuts to charities working with the most disadvantaged families, persistent low pay, a lack of affordable housing and spiralling household debt. There has never been a government less motivated by the challenges faced by British families than this one."
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