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Anne Fennell of Mothers at Home Matter: We do not value unpaid care

“Families where two parents work are far more deserving of State support for the care of their children than families where one parent cares...

Kristian Niemietz: Not another childcare subsidy – how about deregulating childcare instead?

Childcare policy used to be a very simple issue. Classical liberals, and many conservatives, used to argue that if parents with young children wanted...

Harry Benson: The marriage tax break could still make a difference

The government’s proposed introduction of a tax relief for married couples ought to be welcome news. It’s the first clear policy in support of...

James Bartholomew: Why do people talk more about ‘poverty’ now that there is so much less of it?

Edited extract from The Welfare State We're In by James Bartholomew (Biteback 2014 £14.99) Here is a puzzle. In the Middle Ages there was terrible...

Tim Loughton MP: The playing field for families just got a little bumpier

One of the great driving forces behind this Government has been a determination to attack inequality and close gaps. The pupil premium is helping to...

Philippa Taylor: Christianity is the love that dare not speak its name

In a speech to the House of Commons last week Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, warned that Britain could become  less diverse rather...

Kathy Gyngell: George Osborne nails his colours to the socialists’ childcare mast

George Osborne should stop calling himself a Conservative.  The choice he is  giving families over childcare is reminiscent of the medieval ducking chair.  Whatever the outcome you...

Laura Perrins: Cameron to plug nanny gap for £300,000 a year hard-working families

Families who earn up to £300,000 per year are to receive early their childcare allowance worth up to £2,000 per child, per year. The...

Dr Peter Saunders: The strictest safeguards for assisted suicide will never be safe enough

Doctors and disabled people’s leaders understand that any law allowing so-called ‘assisted dying’ would place pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives for...

Laura Perrins: At-risk teenage girls need better protection than the Pill

A preoccupation with reducing teenage pregnancy rates has encouraged a culture in which underage sexual activity goes unchallenged and many young people are being...

Chris McGovern: Mindfulness classes are a waste of time

"The Times Educational Supplement" reports that the Government is seriously considering whether courses in "mindfulness" should be introduced to help improve pupil well-being into...

Grainne Kenny: Closing down ‘headshops’ is a must. Legal highs are lethal not legal

A ‘New Psychoactive Substances Act’ aiming to restrict the sale of legal highs across the EU leaves much to be desired. The EU Vice President...

Kathy Gyngell: ‘Witch’ Maggie and ‘Saint’ Tony. It’s good to know where the BBC stands

Well I hope you didn’t miss the BBC’s sanctification of Tony Benn on Friday. No worries if you did, the ritual was still carrying...

Harry Benson: Marriage – down but not out

Marriage may be down. But it’s a very long way from out. And judging by a new survey, there’s a few more years left...

Sharon James: Sex education in schools? No Mr Gove, ‘Planet Porn’ is not appropriate

Parenthood changes everything. Often those who argue loudest for ‘freedom’ for consenting adults to watch what they like, become a lot more protective when it...

Chris McGovern: Starting out with an A grade? More stupidity from the education ‘experts’

Should pupils start their learning with their teachers giving them a Grade A and, then, be immune from failure? This is what is being proposed...

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