Upfront and into work

Dalia Ben-Galim, Director of Policy, Gingerbread, discusses a new proposal to support London’s parents into work Upon the offer of a new job, excitement and relief can soon shift into a logistical balancing act for many parents. As most parents know, finding childcare that is affordable, good quality, in the right location with opening hours … Continue reading

Out and about in London

Eloise Rickman, blogger at fridabemighty.com, writes that the next Mayor must make London more accessible if they want to improve life for families living in the city. I love living in London. I am a parent of a ten month old, and living in the capital means there is always something for me to do … Continue reading

Taking a stand on overcrowding

Marc Francis from the anti-poverty charity Z2K explains why the new mayor must make tackling overcrowded housing a priority. “Fatima” and her Mum share a small bedsit in east London.  The flat is so small that there is barely room for her bed, let alone her clothes and toys.  Her Mum works, but because the … Continue reading

Giving families time to breathe

Tom Redfearn, Senior Public Affairs Officer at The Children’s Society explores how councils can support families struggling with debt when town hall budgets are being reduced. Cast your mind back to 12.35pm on 25th November 2015 when George Osborne stood up to deliver his Autumn Statement. After a speech that lasted a little over 1 hour … Continue reading

Timewise Councils

Emma Stewart MBE, Timewise Joint CEO, talks about why flexible hiring is shaping the future of the workplace As recent chair of the London Child Poverty Alliance, I am committed to championing support the ‘Family Friendly London’ campaign. Timewise and our sister organisation Women Like Us, supports thousands of parents in London each year to … Continue reading

Getting childcare right

Megan Jarvie of the Child Poverty Action Group looks at why the Family Friendly London Coalition is asking the next Mayor of London to make childcare a priority. Decisions for parents don’t get much bigger or more personal than who they would trust to look after their children. Whether they can find someone that they trust, … Continue reading

Tackling low pay in London

London cannot be a truly family friendly city while so many of its workers live on poverty wages. Nehal Bradley-Depani, Policy Manager for Employment and Skills at London Voluntary Service Council, takes a closer look at low pay in London – and what we are asking of the next Mayor of London.   One in … Continue reading

Addressing London’s housing crisis

The anti-poverty charity Z2K takes a closer look at the crisis facing social housing in London. Z2K sees many families suffering at the sharp end of the Capital’s housing crisis – from those trapped for months on end in totally unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation to private tenants facing eviction and homelessness.  Hundreds of thousands more … Continue reading