This was the question facing a panel convened by Bright Blue and the Child Poverty Action Group at a fringe event I attended at the Conservative Party Conference this week. Josephine Tucker reports.
After the 2015 election the Prime Minister promised ‘blue-collar Conservatism’, which he said was about 'giving everyone in our country the chance to get on, with the dignity of a job, the pride of a pay cheque, a home of their own and the security and peace of mind that comes from being able to support a family’.
UPDATE 29 September: Good news, it looks like the government has seen sense on free school meals. David Cameron's spokesperson said today that the government was committed to it's manifesto pledge to continue universal free school meals. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition!
At the end of last week our CEO recorded a quick video explaining why we disagree with proposals in the government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill.
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Conservatives | What is blue-collar conservatism?
Tuesday 6th October 2015, 19.30 - 21.00
Chair: Rachel Johnson Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue
"It will come as little surprise that raising a child is expensive, and that in London it has the potential to be more expensive than other parts of the country. However, new research from Child Poverty Action Group on the extra costs of children in the capital has brought up some intriguing findings that are relevant for the whole country."
The basic cost of bringing up a child is getting harder to meet. New CPAG research updating our annual 'Cost of a child' report has found that while the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 remains high, at £149,805, state support for meeting those costs is diminishing sharply.
It’s all change at Westminster – once again. After five years dominated by the pace and scale of change to the social security system, the new Parliament promises some more pretty big changes, many of which were discussed in this week’s Welfare Reform & Work Bill debate.
But some things never seem to change.