Although the numbers of grandparents and other family members who help with childcare...read more
Working mums are evenly divided over whether they are in favour frontloading child benefit in the early years, according to a Workingmums.co.uk poll.
A document leaked to the Guardian newspaper recently suggested it was looking at giving mums more child benefit in the early years of their children’s lives as a way of “wooing” women voters.
The Workingmums.co.uk poll of nearly 300 mums shows 33% would support the move, while 35% say they are against. Around a quarter of mums are unsure.
One mum said: “Front loading would help to pay for expensive childcare while mothers were working. A combination of family help and childcare has meant that I’ve been able to get back to work six months after both of my children were born. I enjoy my job and want to work.
I wouldn’t have been able to do so if it were not for my mother-in-law helping out with the childcare two days a week.
Until children go to school potential childcare costs can be astronomical if you are looking at a full week and/or have more than one child, it must certainly mean that some women who aren’t able to change their hours / work part time have to give up their jobs.”
Another, however, said such a move would only encourage people to have more children when they couldn’t properly afford it.