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Why now is the best time to do your accounts

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The summer months are upon us, which means you may be more inclined to think about whether you can take a break in the sun rather than getting your annual tax return sorted. But while the deadline for online Self Assessment filing is still six months away, the summer might actually represent a perfect time […]


We will rock you

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It has to be said that Westfield Stratford Shopping City would not be my venue of choice for a birthday meal, but this year my 71st coincided with a trip to the UK by my stepson who my daughter and I haven’t seen since his 21st birthday – he’s now nearly 51. It was his […]


16 hours in a car with four kids…

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We’re off on holiday. Sixteen hours in a car with four kids and 16 hours with no wi-fi and no possibility of receiving email. Hooray. It could in fact be longer than 16 hours given the problems in Dover and Calais and news that the French farmers are blockading the borders. It feels more like […]


Jobless figures ‘underestimate number of women who want to work’

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Official figures used by government underplay the number of women seeking work, according to a TUC analysis. The TUC analysis of Labour Force Survey (LFS) data from the Office for National Statistics headline says unemployment figures only cover people who have very recently applied for a new job and are immediately available to start, and […]


Gender attitudes become more traditional after birth of first child

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When their first child is born, men and women grow more traditional in their gender attitudes towards mothering, as well as about who does housework and caregiving, according to a new study. The study of nearly 1,800 new parents led by Janeen Baxter, Professor and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for […]


From discrimination to a more equal playing field

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The last week has seen a mixed bag of news. On the one hand, Laura Kuenssberg became the first female politics editor of BBC News in a field of candidates which, if reports are to be believed, was dominated by women. Rachel Treweek was also consecrated as Bishop of Gloucester, becoming the Church of England’s […]


54,000 women ‘forced out of jobs’ due to pregnancy

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Around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year, according to a report on maternity discrimination from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Their report is based on a survey of over 3,200 women, in which 11% of the women interviewed reported having been dismissed, made compulsorily redundant where […]


Living the holiday schedule

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The great switchover has happened. Gone are those term-time days of daytime working. In their place, the holiday schedule, which tends to involve early mornings and late nights. Fortunately, daughter one is old enough to babysit. The only problem is she sleeps until 1pm. Fortunately, my mum is nearby. One way or another things get […]


Stress levels rise over the summer holidays

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Over half of mums say their stress levels increase dramatically over the school holidays, particularly the summer, according to a survey. Some 55% of 1,000 mums surveyed by self-development and meditation app Anamaya say their stress levels go up over the holidays. Almost a quarter of mums say they suffer from prolonged anxiety as a […]


How to keep the kids entertained over the holidays

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Whilst the summer holidays are undoubtedly the best time of the year for children granted six whole weeks of freedom from homework, teachers and early mornings; for parents they can be the most stressful and busiest time of the year. If you’re a working parent it can be difficult finding adequate and cost-effective childcare and […]


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