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News & EventsNEWS - 12 Sept 06 - Kelly sets out to help working mothers
Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has announced a campaign to encourage businesses to sign up as "exemplar employers" offering women help with flexible working, time-share, and good quality part-time work.
Ms Kelly, who visited women workers at Tesco in east London yesterday to highlight the scheme, has said increasing women's participation in work and enabling them to get better jobs could be worth up to £23bn a year to the UK economy.
She set out Government actions in response to February's report by the Women and Work Commission, designed to "transform the culture in Britain from the playground to the boardroom".
Among the initiatives are a campaign to encourage businesses to sign up as "exemplar employers" offering women help with flexible working as well as a £500,000 fund to promote flexible working.
Other measures include new national standards for local education authorities, requiring them to offer schoolgirls career information, advice and guidance free from "gender stereotyping" by next April.
NEWS - 7 Sept 06 - Marriage is best for bringing up children, says Tory study.
Marriage is the best environment to raise children and offers the greatest chance of a stable upbringing, an independent study commissioned by the Tories reveals today.
Unmarried parents are up to five times more likely to experience family breakdown, according to the survey of 15,000 families carried out for the social justice policy review group headed by Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader. The findings will put intense pressure on David Cameron to offer voters a cast-iron guarantee that he will put marriage at the heart of Tory policies on the family.
Some of the Conservative leader's advisers want him to tone down the party's support for marriage because they fear the party risks alienating support from unmarried families.
6 Sept - News - Working Mothers, a Benefit or a Burden? -
Business leaders are concerned about the cost of the extension of maternity leave and the transfer of the administrative burden of maternity benefits from the government to employers It seems New Labourís family-friendly agenda is starting to alienate employers.
In a report published last week by law firm Browne Jacobson, a survey of 220 UK company directors found that 82% oppose forthcoming legislation to extend paid maternity leave. Furthermore, a staggering three-quarters (75%) of company directors believe the new law will discourage employers from hiring women of child-bearing age.
Now's the time to start planning your Big Night In party night in November! The Big Night In has become one of the most popular ways in which people raise money for the childrenís charity PiggyBankKids. Devised for people who havenít got the time (or the energy!) to run a marathon or walk the Great Wall of China, the idea behind the Big Night In could not be simpler. Host a party in your own home, invite your friends over, and then have fun raising money for charity. Check out www.bignightin.org for more details and do let us know what you get up to!
Next month (October) is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We don't need to tell you the impact this condition has on the lives of too many women and their friends and families, so visit www.breastcancercampaign.org to find out how you can help.
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