Today Labour is launching its manifesto for women – setting out how Labour will enable women to fulfil their potential, as part of a plan to raise living standards for working families.
Kate Hollern, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Blackburn said it will have real impact on families in Blackburn.
She said, for example, that it sets out a new commitment to help grandparents who want to be more involved in caring for their grandchildren, recognising that parents are increasingly relying on other family members to help them juggle work and childcare. More than half of all mothers rely on grandparents for childcare when they first go back to work after maternity leave, while two-thirds of grandparents with grandchildren aged under-16 provide some childcare.
Kate Hollern also welcomed other aspects of Labour’s women’s manifesto which includes measures to tackle low pay, address the gender pay gap and gives a commitment to extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours a week for working parents of three and four-year-olds.
“These measures will make a real difference to the lives of local women and their families and will help tackle the unfairness of the past five years that has seen the average family £1100 worse off due to the austerity policies of the present Tory led Government.”