Earlier today Bridget and I spent a lovely couple of hours at the Elim Pentecostal Church on Allerford Road. We’d been invited by an old friend of mine Fred Esiri who is the pastor there. As it was Mothering Sunday, the service was dedicated to recognising the vital role that mums play in raising families and building communities.
During the week, I’ve been speaking to lots of mums (and dads) at schools across the constituency. I’ve been doing this because I believe one of the most important issues at the next election is how each of the two main parties will suppoprt hard working families.
Some of the things we take for granted now, such as Sure Start, Child Trust Funds and Working Tax Credits could be in danger at the next election (if the Tories get in) and I’ve wanted to remind people what’s at stake
Why Labour loves mums and their families
We want what you want for your children—for them to have the best possible start in life. That’s why since 1997 we have introduced a raft of policies to support families.
•There is now a SureStart Children’s centre in every community including 6 in this part of Lewisham. The Tories have suggested they will cut the funding for SureStart.
•Labour has introduced the right to request flexible working for all parents of children under the age of seventeen.
•Every three and four year old has the right to free nursery education, which we will extend from 12.5 hours a week to 15 hours by September this year.
•Labour’s tax credits and tax relief on childcare vouchers provides help with costs of looking after your children – worth £1000s to some local families.
•Labour will guarantee an appointment with a specialist within one week if your GP suspects you have cancer, building on your existing 2 week right.
•All working mums are entitled to maternity pay for 9 months. Under Labour, dads will soon have the legal right to take the place of their child’s mum at home for the last three months of her nine-month maternity leave.