Today I am reminded how lucky I am lucky to have a Mum who always worked incredibly hard for our family and continues to be a real inspiration to me, my brothers and my sister – Happy Mother’s Day Mum!
Growing up on the Henry Prince Estate in the 1970s and 1980s, times could be tough in the Khan household and my Mum had to face some difficult decisions to make ends meet. From talking to local mums I also know that they are facing similar challenges. At a recent event for International Women’s Day, alongside local mums Fleur, Sophia and Rosena, the biggest issues raised were the lack of support for working mums and the cost of childcare. Parents locally are facing a triple whammy childcare crisis; costs have risen five times faster than pay with parents are paying an average of £14,000 a year, places are plummeting and there are fewer Sure Start centres despite pre-election promises to protect them. Here in Wandsworth we have also lost a number of our much-loved one o’clock clubs, including Windmill One O’Clock Club in Wandsworth Common, which local parents urged Wandsworth Council not to close. Support for parents has also been cut with some getting £1500 less help with childcare support through working tax credits. This is having a real impact on the ability of mums to go out to work and for work to pay.
Mother’s Day is a day to remind mums how grateful we are for the work they do - but mums need a break every day not just today. We need to support local families, not make their lives more difficult. That’s why we need to make childcare work for working mums in our area.
Sadiq Khan MP