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to vote Tory for £2000?

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Solopower1 Tue 18-Mar-14 07:19:03

The government is going to give you lucky working parents £2000 for each child for childcare while you go out and earn a living - if you vote for them.

Will you?

'The support package – one of the coalition's central election offers to middle-class working parents – will be available, when launched, for anyone with children up to the age of 12 instead of the previous cut-off age of five.

The £2,000 maximum is to cover 20% of the costs of childcare up to an annual maximum of £10,000 a year. No extra support is available for people with more expensive provision.'

perplexedpirate Tue 18-Mar-14 07:20:56

I'm not averse to selling my soul, but it's worth way more than £2000.

Solopower1 Tue 18-Mar-14 07:28:01


My daughter pays £500 a week for two children at nursery. This would help her.

However, she can afford to pay this for three years. It's hard, but she can. She doesn't need this bribe from the government - and so many other families really do need it.

Also, it makes me sad that so many parents have to spend so long at work. If housing costs were down, more people could work part-time and spend more time with their kids.

More time to spend with their children would improve the quality of many people's lives more, ime, than more money to put the kids in nursery.

FudgefaceMcZ Tue 18-Mar-14 07:28:12

Would this be the same £2000 they have taken away by cutting childcare tax credits (and preschool nursery provision in many areas)? How very generous.


HSMMaCM Tue 18-Mar-14 07:29:37

Yes. They're giving it with one hand and taking it away with the other

GertTheFlirt Tue 18-Mar-14 07:29:44

There isnt really any other choice at the moment.

Solopower1 Tue 18-Mar-14 07:32:43

Also, beware Tories bearing gifts.

You could find you're paying for this with your pension. (By which time, this Tory govt will be history, of course, and future governments will have to deal with the consequences).

TeWiSavesTheDay Tue 18-Mar-14 07:33:41

No, because they aren't giving working parents anything, it comes from cutting other areas.

Besides, I value the future of my children and their classmates (and still being young, myself!) and the conservatives, to my mind, have sold them down the river. Nothing they could offer would make me vote for them.

I am a floating voter and gave serious thought to voting for them last time.

wonkylegs Tue 18-Mar-14 07:34:16

If I'm gonna take a bribe for that lot it would have to be a whole lot more worthwhile than that

insancerre Tue 18-Mar-14 07:35:45

I wouldn't vote tory for £200000

GertTheFlirt Tue 18-Mar-14 07:37:20

Boris will be next PM. Campaigns afoot to change the selection process. the general populace love Boris.

cheekyfunkymonkey Tue 18-Mar-14 07:38:11

No it only applies if you work full time and labour said they would be more generous

CelticPromise Tue 18-Mar-14 07:40:57

I wouldn't vote for them for anything. Shower of bastards. You know they are not for the people and the poorest will always suffer under them. I hate everything they stand for.

ThinkAboutItTomorrow Tue 18-Mar-14 07:41:53

No. This cash was being better spent before the cuts.

Jinsei Tue 18-Mar-14 07:43:28

Hell would freeze over before anything could persuade me to vote Tory, no matter what they offered me. But I don't have any childcare costs in any case!

GossamerHailfilter Tue 18-Mar-14 07:44:13

No I wouldnt.

However as Nigel Farage said that if UKIP won no seats at the GE he would stand down, I might vote Tory ti tactically keep a UKIP candidate out.

Luckily its probably not a choice I will have to make as we have a strong Labour candidate in our borough.

whyyougottabe Tue 18-Mar-14 07:46:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mrsminiverscharlady Tue 18-Mar-14 07:47:07

Currently parents can salary sacrifice to get childcare vouchers which saves up to £900 per parent. So a couple with one child will be only very slightly better off.

Parents who spend less than £10,000 a year (such as parents with school aged children using wraparound care) will probably be significantly worse off as salary sacrifice is worth up to 32% off your childcare bill.

Typical Tory bastards.

HairyGrotter Tue 18-Mar-14 07:47:33

Ah hell no. Another ploy to gain power again, all of their weak spines promises have 'changed' since they last won, I do hope voters have learned from the last election. Tories are not the lesser of evil. They ARE the evil.

Cluster of cunts, they are

Paleodad Tue 18-Mar-14 07:48:15

CelticPromise you sum it up perfectly!
There is nothing that would ever make me vote Tory. Not even tactically.

musicposy Tue 18-Mar-14 07:50:50

No. I get fed up with governments offering to pay huge amounts for other people to look after my children whilst it's not possible for me to stay at home and look after them myself. I'd rather have it as a tax break and choose whether I use it on childcare or to reduce my work hours.

I absolutely think women who want to work should be supported to do that with good quality affordable childcare. But I think governments are taking the choice not stay at home away from as many families as they can.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Mar-14 07:52:00

I'd only vote Tory tactically to keep Hitler out

Solopower1 Tue 18-Mar-14 07:52:47

What musicposy said.

Solopower1 Tue 18-Mar-14 07:55:47

And one day, they'll decide that they can't afford it and take it away (if they actually keep their promise to give it in the first place). Then people will be faced with the choice of moving their settled children from the nursery they are in or leaving their jobs.

peggyundercrackers Tue 18-Mar-14 07:58:00

I would vote for them but only because the alternative is just as bad if not worse - clegg is absolutely useless and is only interested in being in power, he says one thing and does the opposite. As for miliband he doesn't seem to know what he wants, he says one thing but balls says something else, labour are also ruled by the unions - which to me says it doesn't matter what the voters will want as the unions will be their pay masters and will call the shots if push came to shove.

They are all a shower of tosses and none of them can be trusted to do what they say they will.

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