The aim should not be to have the government try to boost birth rates, but to remove barriers that impede families from making their own self-funded, preferred decisions.
High-performing settings should be given greater leeway to experiment with different arrangements – flexibility is key.
Time and again the Whitehall regulatory reflex markets which are at once overpriced and inadequate to need.
The effect of benefit policy changes on the incomes of working-age adults and children since 2010 has been an average loss of £375 per year compared with a boost to pensioners of £510 per year.
Housing, childcare, and student loans are three areas where the Government could offer a new deal to the next generation.
The Director of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit on his four tests for new Government policies – and moving on from the confidence vote.
It won’t fix the problem on its own, but this is an opportunity to drive through worthwhile reform.
The exorbitant cost of raising a family has deep structural causes, but Johnson doesn’t operate on such terms.
“NHS bureaucracies are inherently and systematically sexist”, the Rutland and Melton MP tells Sophy Ridge.
Upper class professionals are imposing their preference for formal settings – bringing the trade-off of higher prices and fewer affordable providers.