UK gov betraying new mothers, says Yvette Cooper. Lib Dem minister rues party’s record on female MPs. Labour vows action on rape, abuse.

Labour to make banks pay for free childcare Gulf Times Labour yesterday put women at the heart of the general election campaign as Ed Balls pledged 10 hours of extra free childcare for working mothers.

The family-friendly plan unveiled by the shadow chancellor will be paid for by a higher levy on the banks, costing the City £800mn. Coming a week after LibDem leader Nick Clegg’s promise of free school meals for infants, it put women voters and young families at the heart of the coming general election contest.

“To make work pay for families, we must act,” said the shadow chancellor.

Are older women discriminated against by policy? Silver Surfer Today The Commission on Older Women announced its interim report at Labour’s annual Women’s Conference in Brighton, with a wide-ranging set of …

Labour’s childcare plans will give women the support they need to … New Statesman …If we want to tackle this and give men and women equal opportunity to succeed in the workplace, then we need to address the challenge parents have accessing quality childcare.

Labour has recognised this and announced this week that we will introduce a ‘primary childcare guarantee’ – giving all parents of primary school children guaranteed access to childcare through their school from 8am-6pm.

I know from speaking with hundreds of constituents and hearing the experience of many friends that it’s really hard to juggle full time work with a child or children in primary school. In fact, 62% of parents of school-age children say that they need some form of before-and-after school care in order to combine family and work. But nearly three in ten of these parents are unable to find it. Too many parents can’t find the childcare they need to fit around their working day.

Labour conference diary: where there’s smoke … The Guardian Women were prominent on the main conference platform on Sunday, but no fewer than 34 Labour fringe meetings this week have no female representatives on the panel, according to vigilant monitors at #WherestheWomen. Someone had to take a stand. Step forward hyperactive immigration spokesman Chris Bryant. He has refused to join any bloke-only panels.

Marriage tax break of £150 is so low they risk being seen as an … Daily Mail Tax breaks for married couples are so low they risk being seen as an ‘empty gesture’, faith leaders and campaigners have claimed.

The proposed allowance, worth £150 a year, should be ‘in the thousands’ to tackle the ‘devastating’ trend of family breakdown, they say.

David Cameron has announced that the measure will start in 2015, after bowing to demands from his MPs.

UK government betraying new mothers, says Yvette Cooper The Guardian …The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has accused the government of betraying new mothers by making it harder for women to tackle employer discrimination.

Cooper said women who took maternity leave faced losing their jobs and paying a £1,200 charge if they asked an employment tribunal to assert their rights.

She said that up to 50,000 women were losing their jobs every year after returning from maternity leave.

“New mums are being betrayed by this government,” said Cooper. “Discrimination against women who take maternity leave is a hidden outrage, and a complete waste for the economy.

Enough! Labour vows action on rape and abuse as shadow Home … The Independent A Labour government would create a “national champion” for victims of rape and domestic violence, Yvette Cooper reveals today, as she claims that women are less safe under the coalition government because of police and local authority cuts.

The shadow Home Secretary unveiled figures showing a 33 per cent drop in rape prosecutions since 2010, despite the overall number of recorded incidents rising.

Liberal Democrat minister rues party’s record on female MPs The Guardian Of Labour MPs, 31% are women, supported by a policy of female-only shortlists in some constituencies. The Lib Dem lack of female representation goes all the …

New Zealand
Women in the mix for top Labour jobs 3News NZ Newly appointed Labour leader David Cunliffe will reveal a new front bench today, and he says women will get top jobs. Mr Cunliffe, who was elected as leader …

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