David Robertson criticises new childcare measures in United Kingdom
A Scottish church leader has accused the United Kingdom Government of creating a dependency culture for the wealthy” and “discriminating against those who stay at home to look after their children” after the Chancellor George Osborne moved out childcare plans for families with two working parents. Earlier this week Chancellor George Osborne announced that from 2015 the United Kingdom Government will fund families with two working parents up to £1,200 for each child going into childcare, pledging that this government is on the side of people who want to work hard and get on in life.
Rev. David Robertson, Church Minister in Dundee
Rev David Robertson, Church Minister in Dundee and Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, branded the proposals as “the politics of privilege and the economics of madness”. He said there was no justification for providing the cash to those on £150,000 salaries "so that they can go out and earn that money".
Rev. Robertson said: “What if you are a parent who wants to work hard by staying at home and look after your children, thus helping them get on in life? Or those who want to work hard but can’t get a decent job? “This government says it will penalise those who are on housing benefit and have an extra room, even when suitable alternative accommodation is not offered, because it cannot afford the bill. “How then can it afford £1 billion to provide childcare for those who are earning up to £300,000 per year?
“Do we really have a Chancellor who is going to penalise the poor and subsidise the rich? “What possible justification can there be for paying those who earn £150,000 each per year child care so they can go out and earn that money?”
Rev. Robertson also said “This government is creating a dependency culture for the wealthy, ensuring a regular supply of taxpayers’ money which can be used to purchase the cheap labour for the menial tasks, like looking after children, which they do not want to do”.
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