David Cameron this week said, “Every single domestic policy that the government comes up with will be examined for its impact on the family… For me, nothing matters more than family. It's at the centre of my life and the heart of my politics”.
Lynne Richards, Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Central Devon, says;
His record in government tells another story. Families have been let down by a government that stands up for the privileged few.
Below are ten achievements of David Cameron’s family-friendly Government:
1. By 2015 the Government will have taken away up to £15 billion in support for children and families.
2. A family with children where both parents are working will be on average £2,073 a year worse off by the time of the next General Election because of tax and benefit changes since 2010
3. The bedroom tax hits 220,000 households with children, which, based on average UK family size, could mean as many as 375,000 children affected
4. House of Commons library figures show an average family with a new born baby is losing £2,000 as a result of David Cameron's cuts to tax credits, maternity pay and support for new families
5. The Government cut the percentage of childcare costs parents could claim through the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit from 80 per cent to 70 per cent, meaning some working families could lose up to £1,500 a year in childcare support
6. The Government’s own impact assessment has warned that Universal Credit may encourage second earners in a household – who are primarily women – to reduce their hours in work, or leave work altogether: “As the focus of Universal Credit is to help reduce workless households there is a risk of decreased work incentives for second earners in couples (primarily women)”
7. Childcare costs have risen by 30 per cent since 2010 – five times faster than wages
8. There are 578 fewer Sure Start children’s centres than when David Cameron became Prime Minister, and 35,000 fewer childcare places
9. Since 2010, families have seen their energy bills rise by more than £300
10. 60 per cent of people say they cannot get a GP appointment within 48 hours and the Government have missed their 4 hour waiting time target for major hospital A&Es 56 weeks in a row.
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