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John Redwood and the 'single mothers' debate.

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John Redwood and the 'single mothers' debate. Major discussions concerning the family have been debated in Parliament since Victorian times, and still are. One example is the recent discussions surrounding the importance of divorce, and whether couples should find it more difficult to break up with each other, and possibly breaking up families, which would prevent people degrading marriage. Other discussions include the 'single mothers' debate, of which a number of opinions have been expressed thought possible to solve the problems of single parenthood. John Redwood, former Secretary of State for Wales and right wing of the Conservative Party has already expressed his political views on single parenthood. On Sunday 13th of August 1995, he spoke out about a number of approaches which he believes may solve many of the problems of single-parenthood. He also confirmed the social policies he proposes to deal with the problems. I strongly oppose to the 'solutions' Mr. Redwood hopes to deal with, as I believe his social policies would create unnecessary shame and stigma, and discrimination against single parents. The laws that John Redwood proposes to deal with the problems of lone-parenthood include adoption before benefits, and lower levels of benefits for those who oppose adoption. Mr. ...read more.

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It seems that he as with people like Digby Anderson, share old-fashioned views surrounding how children should be brought up. It seems as if they agree that the best form of socialising a child is in a nuclear family, though this isn't always the best way, where there is possible domestic abuse and too much conflict. Many people believe that single motherhood is actually a norm in some neighbourhoods, where teenage girls plan to have a baby so they can jump housing queues and claim benefits without having to find a job. This, as a spokesperson from the Children's Society has stated, is just "a myth". The work of a parent is extremely strenuous, as everybody knows, and very few teenage mothers opt to become pregnant in the first place. John Redwoods proposals may even come as an insult to many women. With female independence increasing, by not providing much-needed childcare, Mr. Redwood would be preventing women from helping themselves. Thus showing how the nuclear family should be so valued i.e. with the father going out to work to provide the income, and the mother completing the domestic chores and bringing up the children, showing how a father figure is vital. ...read more.

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Mr. Redwood dismissed this statement made by the Children's Society as a "silly reaction", yet his social policies will create shame and stigma towards single-parents. I think that if Mr. Redwood wanted to help single parents with their problems, which he obviously does not, he would have to change his social policies. Teresa Gorman thinks "Women with jobs should get tax relief ...on domestic help and childcare. . that enables them to work". She also added how the French had attempted such social policies, which allows employers of domestic help to be able to keep a record of the tax-detuctible wages they have paid to child-carers, household helpers and people who look after their elderly relatives. They had created half a million jobs in just three years. I have come to a final conclusion that if John Redwood wanted to help solve the problems of lone-parenthood, providing childcare is the only solution. I doubt shaming single parents and their children will benefit society in any possible way. John Redwood's proposals would prevent single parents from helping themselves, and gives discriminating impressions about single-parenthood. These might be the impressions Mr. Redwood encourages, but I believe they are the wrong impressions of single parents. I am not saying single parenthood should be encouraged, but single parents deserve help, not punishment. ...read more.

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