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Full state pension for stay-at-home mothers and carers

Stay-at-home mothers and carers will receive a full state pension for the first time under a radical overhaul of the country’s retirement system, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.


Iain Duncan Smith said women would be the ‘major winners’ in the reformed system

By , Political Editor

10:00PM BST 11 May 2012


Millions of mothers who have chosen to take time out of work will no longer be penalised once they are pensioners, Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has announced.

However, the overhaul is expected to hit wealthier workers, as the state second pension will be scrapped.

At the moment, people who do not work for 30 years do not qualify for the full basic state pension. Under the reforms, mothers and carers will be treated as if they had worked throughout their lives, benefiting them by £2,000 a year.

Mr Duncan Smith said women would be the “major winners” in the reformed system, which will mean that everyone who works or looks after others will receive a flat-rate payment worth at least £140 a week.

The measure will be applied to women who retire from 2015, giving an average of £40 extra a week to mothers who took time out of work. Currently, they receive a reduced entitlement for each year out of employment.

Over 200,000 families lose entire working tax credit support new HMRC figures show

The Government slammed by Child Poverty Action Group


Published by Max Salsbury for in Central Government and also in Communities

 Over 200,000 families lose entire working tax credit support new HMRC figures show

The Government was today slammed by Child Poverty Action Group as new figures published by HMRC show that over 200,000 families have lost their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, from 6 April 2012.

The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “This is an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line. Many of these parents will now have less money in work than if they just claimed benefits. It runs directly against the consensus on the importance of making work pay and the government’s duties on child poverty.

“The Chancellor should have announced at the Budget he would keep these working families afloat and in work, but they were cut loose whilst taxes for corporations and the super-rich were cut instead.”

Carers – no time to complain

Hospice time we receive is limited

There is very much a theme about the role of carers going on in blog land this weekend with two fellow bloggers inviting posts to highlight life as a carer.  The timing was great for me as this weekend I’m on my own, Andy is away working in the States and I am at home with all four children.

This is hard work.   Today I have changed 7 stoma bags, 1 catheter, I have given two intravenous medications, disconnected an intravenous drip, put a new drip up, administered countless enteral drugs, carried my daughter upstairs in order to bath her and then carried her downstairs to her bedroom and the list goes on…Factor into this the needs of the three other children then preparing meals, laundry, shopping, homework, there is very little time left for me.  I survive on coffee and chocolate and the children’s left overs.  It’s why I go running, it actually gives me a break and I’m itching to get out running this weekend but can’t because I’m on my own and Daisy cannot be left with anyone other than a trained carer, and that’s only when she doesn’t have her TPN running (when her drip is connected she can only be left with Andy or I or a qualified nurse).