This report argues that the Government's objective for childcare should be a system that promotes child development, supports complex family lives, and enables parental employment as the best route out of poverty. However, without significant increases in spending over the coming years it is difficult to see how the Government can shape a childcare and early years system that combines quality, affordability and appropriateness for all children and families.
Each family's childcare needs are likely to be various and shifting, within a childcare market characterised by a diversity of providers. Therefore, we need a policy approach and funding system that reflects both this context and our progressive goals.
Social housing need of the hour amid homelessness crisisAt a time when the social housing waitlist is weighed down with hundreds of thousands of people, the Scottish government has planned to reduce approximately £200 million in investment in social housebuilding. This could be disastrous and…
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Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.