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A response to the Queens speech

11/05/2021: Dan Paskins, Save the Children’s Director of UK Impact said:

We are pleased today’s Queen’s Speech included a commitment from the UK government to ensure that children have the best start in life, focusing on their early years and addressing the lost learning during the pandemic.

But we are disappointed that the UK government did not seize the opportunity to set out plans for the Employment Bill, particularly with unemployment set to peak later in the year as the furlough scheme comes to an end.

Families on low incomes tell us there are a lack of family friendly jobs that provide both flexibility and stability. This can mean parents are unable to work or progress in work, and that can leave families struggling to provide for their children. Supporting good quality work will be a crucial part of the economic recovery.

These families who are on Universal Credit are already facing the prospect of having their incomes slashed by £1000 a year come October.

We need an Employment Bill to ensure parents on low incomes are given the security that everyone needs and deserves in their work.


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