I have been searching for a trace of positive news from the budget supporting working mums and families……? Did I miss something?
In reality, the real announcements affecting working mums, has largely been around “reductions” and ”cuts” and the impact of many of these will directly affect working families. The impact will not only make families less well off which is obvious, but in some situations force one of two working parents within household’s to give up their job entirely as it isn’t financially viable for them to actually go to work. It may in fact change the dynamics of some households and force more mums to seek work opportunities but will they find the flexibility to support their decision? What we haven’t seen included in the governments plans to stabilise the private sector, is any consideration or drive for more family friendly jobs and the demonstration of positive growth plans.
Amidst my search I was pleased to find the views of Anna Bird - acting Chief Executive from the The Fawcett Society who so rightly pointed out that ” women bear the brunt of the government cuts”. She goes on to say “Female unemployment is already at its highest in more than 20 years and is set to rise still further, but the one million unemployed women in Britain will find little in the way of welfare support to fall back on. Women’s incomes will be further squeezed as child benefit is frozen, housing benefit capped, maternity payments scrapped and the value of benefits and tax credits reduced.” Well said!
If there is just one announcement from this budget I am in full believer of, and that is the encouragement of growth for more Entrepreneurs across the UK. The appetite for women to demonstrate their entrepreneurial talent certainly isn’t unheard of these days. There is an increasing number of successful “mumpreneurs” entering the market over the past few years, utilising their skills and innovative talent. As more small businesses being ran by “mumpreneurs” evolve, they will tend to hire like-minded woman seeking flexibility work patterns, which is a win, win situation. This creates new jobs and provides flexibility, which is good news. So, if the government’s growth plan doesn’t directly involve the creation of more family friendly jobs then there is great opportunity here to do it for yourself!