Supporting in-family childcare arrangements

Support mothers returning to work by allowing childcare vouchers to be used for family members providing childcare.  Allowing a Grandma to look after her grandchild whilst also enabling her to be in receipt of payment would keep both mother and grandparent earning whilst benefitting both parties and the child. Alternative might often be mother staying at home instead, claiming benefits as cost of sending child to nursery outweighs benefit of earning.

Why is this idea important?

Support mothers returning to work by allowing childcare vouchers to be used for family members providing childcare.  Allowing a Grandma to look after her grandchild whilst also enabling her to be in receipt of payment would keep both mother and grandparent earning whilst benefitting both parties and the child. Alternative might often be mother staying at home instead, claiming benefits as cost of sending child to nursery outweighs benefit of earning.

Issue a Card for Benefits (no Cash)

The government could do a deal with a major credit card company to supply all benefit claiments with a card. This card could be set to not allow purchases of alcohol or tobacco (or any other goods deemed unsuitable). The acceptance of the cards could be limited to specific companies that have tendered for the supply of benefit goods.

  The right to accept benefit cards could be put out to tender ( as all other Government supply contracts are) and a selection of National and local stores become approved suppliers in a framework agreement. The contracts would be huge and a real discount could be negotiated from the retail prices in the stores.

Why is this idea important?

The government could do a deal with a major credit card company to supply all benefit claiments with a card. This card could be set to not allow purchases of alcohol or tobacco (or any other goods deemed unsuitable). The acceptance of the cards could be limited to specific companies that have tendered for the supply of benefit goods.

  The right to accept benefit cards could be put out to tender ( as all other Government supply contracts are) and a selection of National and local stores become approved suppliers in a framework agreement. The contracts would be huge and a real discount could be negotiated from the retail prices in the stores.

Instead of payng out money give vouchers

Instead of people geting cash in their hands wouldn't it be abetter idea to give vouchers. rent etc could be paid this way and also electricity and gas. In America it is normal to receive food vouchers once you have had benefit for 6 months. This would also be a great incentive to work as vouchers would not pay for cigarettes, alcohol and other luxuries.  This would save a lot of money and simplify the system.  It might also reform society as children would have to have food bought and cooked as the vouchers could be worded to ensure they were not usable at the local fast food retailer. Children would be better fed and looked after. Parents with babies could be given vouchers for baby requirements and there should be a greater encouragement for them to feed the childrn themselves thus saving millions a year on baby milk. We need to look at ways of saving money and this would be fair to all on benefits. All would have food, heat, light and a roof over their head.

Why is this idea important?

Instead of people geting cash in their hands wouldn't it be abetter idea to give vouchers. rent etc could be paid this way and also electricity and gas. In America it is normal to receive food vouchers once you have had benefit for 6 months. This would also be a great incentive to work as vouchers would not pay for cigarettes, alcohol and other luxuries.  This would save a lot of money and simplify the system.  It might also reform society as children would have to have food bought and cooked as the vouchers could be worded to ensure they were not usable at the local fast food retailer. Children would be better fed and looked after. Parents with babies could be given vouchers for baby requirements and there should be a greater encouragement for them to feed the childrn themselves thus saving millions a year on baby milk. We need to look at ways of saving money and this would be fair to all on benefits. All would have food, heat, light and a roof over their head.

Make People Work for Benefits

The benefits system is quite frankly, flawed.

Tell me how it is fair that I as a young single working mother who works on a full time basis, pays rent (because I can't get on the property ladder), council tax and all other utility bills – come out with less money than that of an aquantance who, gets her rent and council tax paid for BEFORE receiving £100 less than my total income a month?! I have to pay for everything out of my income – including childcare, whilst she gets to decorate her house and buy the latest gadgets for her house and spend quality time with her children.

There is no icenative for people who can work, to work (of course, I am not discounting the thousands of genuine people that are out there at the moment, but I am pretty convinced that the they are a minority in the benefits system). The government needs to change the way this system operates. There are many ways to gain the skill required for work – volunteering for one!

It seems ludicrus to me, that the new government can cut working tax credits to the people who struggle to keep a roof over their heads month in, month out – but give handouts to people who are just simply not willing to work for a living. If the governement were to introduce a scheme where benefits recipients had to work for their benefit, they will increase the much lost work ethic that is missing from this country.

Why is this idea important?

The benefits system is quite frankly, flawed.

Tell me how it is fair that I as a young single working mother who works on a full time basis, pays rent (because I can't get on the property ladder), council tax and all other utility bills – come out with less money than that of an aquantance who, gets her rent and council tax paid for BEFORE receiving £100 less than my total income a month?! I have to pay for everything out of my income – including childcare, whilst she gets to decorate her house and buy the latest gadgets for her house and spend quality time with her children.

There is no icenative for people who can work, to work (of course, I am not discounting the thousands of genuine people that are out there at the moment, but I am pretty convinced that the they are a minority in the benefits system). The government needs to change the way this system operates. There are many ways to gain the skill required for work – volunteering for one!

It seems ludicrus to me, that the new government can cut working tax credits to the people who struggle to keep a roof over their heads month in, month out – but give handouts to people who are just simply not willing to work for a living. If the governement were to introduce a scheme where benefits recipients had to work for their benefit, they will increase the much lost work ethic that is missing from this country.

Benefit payments

I think all benefit payments should be payed in vouchers or stamp card, and only redeemable at allocated stores, and anybody coming to this country should have health insurance even if they are European or not.

Why is this idea important?

I think all benefit payments should be payed in vouchers or stamp card, and only redeemable at allocated stores, and anybody coming to this country should have health insurance even if they are European or not.