Gender and Politics in the media

UK: Cameron’s great childcare con. Can Cameron Ignore NUT’s No More Page 3 Support? IRE: Coalition breaks promise made to women.

A voice for Tory women West Sussex Gazette A group of women met at The Coffee Place, in Three Bridges, to launch a Conservative Woman’s Group on Saturday (July 20). The group will give members an …

David Cameron visits a school. Photo: Getty

David Cameron’s great childcare con New Statesman Today’s coverage of David Cameron’s childcare policies has illustrated how out of touch this Government is. While they give tax cuts to those at the top, they have totally failed to support hardworking families with the cost of childcare.

As one mother, who works from home as a childminder, put it: “I remain unconvinced that it does anything for the typical working/lower middle class family”.

She is right. According to the Resolution Foundation think tank, 900,000 low income working families will not benefit from David Cameron’s childcare vouchers.

Childcare scheme set to help working parents Channel 4 News The government is to announce a formal consultation on the introduction of a £1bn scheme, set to be introduced in 2015. It is proposed that the online vouchers will be worth up to £1,200 per child, according to the Sunday Telegraph. For every 80p families pay in, the government will put in 20p up to an annual limit for each child of £1,200. The support will benefit around 2.5 million households.

Can David Cameron Ignore the NUT’s Support of No More Page 3? Huffington Post UK (blog) The largest teaching union, the NUT, has just announced its support for the No more page 3 campaign, stating: ‘The consequences of gender stereotyping and the sexualisation of girls in the media are very real…Not only can such images impact on the self-respect and confidence of young girls it could also have a detrimental influence on boys as they develop views of women’.

Such a statement from teaching professionals challenges David Cameron’s dismissal of the issue of Page 3 in deference to ‘consumer choice’ in a recent interview on Woman’s Hour. Comparing the High St to the internet, Cameron said: ‘Children can’t go into the shops or the cinema and buy things meant for adults or have adult experiences – we rightly regulate to protect them.’

Coalition breaks promise made to women Irish Examiner All but three out of 14 government departments failed to reach a 40% gender representation target. Women have the lowest representation in important, economic, decision-making bodies, and make up just 25% of members of boards under the Department of Finance and 22% under the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

In contrast, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has the highest representation of women (63%) on boards under its control. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to ensure 40% of all state board positions are held by women.

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