NEW mums are being hit hardest by this Tory-led government as they face a triple whammy from maternity discrimination made easier by Ministers, big cuts to family support by Chancellor George Osborne, and the cost of living with a new baby is far outstripping wages.
Recent research shows that discrimination against women who take maternity leave is increasing. Not only is this bad for the economy but the revelation that up to 50,000 women a year could be losing their jobs while on maternity is unacceptable.
Yet far from doing anything about it, the government is making it worse by charging women who challenge discrimination at an employment tribunal.
It is something that I’m looking at and why I am campaigning for better protection for women in the workplace.
Generally it is new parents and mums who are being particularly hard hit by Chancellor George Osborne's tax and benefit changes - losing maternity pay, child benefit, tax credit, pregnancy grants and Sure Start.
At the same time the cost of living for new parents is rising far faster than wages. Yet at the same time, millionaires are getting tax cuts. The first few months of a new baby's life are extremely important for the whole family and should be a special time.
They shouldn't be clouded by fear of not having a job to go back to, or worry about how to manage financially.
We know David Cameron has a problem with women.
This is now resulting in him failing new families. We need a new deal for new mums that shows motherhood is valued, and that recognises the vital role parents play in the economy as well as in the home.