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What impact will extra childcare support have for working parents?

Date: 2. November 2012
Alex Hurrell

The final report of the Commission on Living Standards, a broad group of leading employers, trade unionists, economists and heads of parents’ groups brought together by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation, was launched on Wednesday.

A key recommendation put forward in the report was to extend the Early Years Entitlement (EYE) of 15 free hours of childcare for all three and four year olds to 25 hours a week, and from 38 to 47 weeks per year. Hours 16 to 25 would be charged for, but at a nominal rate of just £1 per hour. This would mean 25 hours of childcare would cost just £10 a week. This change would make it easier for second earners in couple households, predominantly mothers, to take up a part-time employment.

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When a growing economy still feels bad

Date: 25. October 2012
James Plunkett

This post orginally appeared on Coffeehouse

 David Cameron was right; the good news has kept on coming. This morning’s first estimate from the ONS puts GDP growth in the third quarter at 1.0 percent. Cue much justified squabbling over what the 'real' number is. A significant portion of this growth will be a one-off, post-Jubilympics bounce-back, suggesting slower underlying growth. As Jonathan pointed out yesterday, ONS first estimates have a margin of error of 0.7 percentage points, meaning that even with these factors...



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Sitting in the middle, Public Finance

Date: 28. February 2011
James Plunkett and

Yesterday at the Resolution Foundation we launched a wide-ranging investigation into the pressures now facing low-to-middle earners. The Commission on Living Standards will focus on the long-term economic trends that ...

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Three charts that complicate a simple focus on growth, Spectator Coffee House

Date: 27. February 2011
James Plunkett

GDP growth figures have become the barometer of choice for commentators trying to tell the political weather – a good measure of how the public will eventually fall in the faceoff ...

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