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More criticism of #Budget 2011

This is not a budget for families. The Chancellor recognises that families need help with the high cost of living but he has done nothing to ease parents’ struggle with rising childcare costs. Increasing personal tax allowances are good for those in work, but the childcare cuts due next month will lead low income parents – particularly mothers – to give up work. Savings from squeezing childcare tax credits will be offset by the loss of income tax revenue as parents leave their jobs.
“The moratorium on any new domestic employment laws for three years for micro businesses is disappointing. There is a danger that there will be a bigger gap between the best employers and the rest. Good employers know that offering strong employee benefits boosts commitment and performance. It is a shame that the Government don’t encourage all employers – of whatever size – to heed the business case that flexible working is good for the bottom line. Instead, they have unpicked their earlier commitment to parents to extend flexible working for parents of 17 year olds.

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Why we need to raise our voices.

Did Andrew Pickthall cause the Banking Crisis. Why is he the one who is suffering then. (ref David Brindle – the Guardian 25/03/2011)

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For 14 years, four days a week, Andrew Pickthall (below), who has Down’s syndrome, has gone to the Aldingbourne country centre to help out on a range of projects from wood recycling to organic vegetable farming. But now he faces the withdrawal of the funding that creates this lifeline for him.

The 32-year-old fears he will be judged to have only “moderate” needs for care and support under a review ordered by West Sussex county council to begin on 1 April. If so, he will lose the £21-a-day funding to enable him to attend the centre near Fontwell.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Much of this book was beautifully written. However, like the other reviewers, I found that the Flowery writing often got in the way of the story. The characters seemed weak and I couldn’t feel them. I wonder if the story is an allegory. The central characters loss of memory, and his nostalgia for the past, symbolising his country’s pain during, and after the war, and its nostalgia for pre-war times
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Writer’s shorts

Are you a writer? Do you need extra cash? Catherine. L. Tate has some answers.

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Catchy title, eh? Everybody likes to get paid a little extra for their work—and writers are no exception. When you write for magazines, you will sometimes have the opportunity to hold out for a bit of extra cash. Here are some of the top ways to earn more from a print article:

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to tell or not to tell that is the questions

#amwriting #writers do you share your ideas? Or, do you keep them to yourself? Fay Weldon argued, in her book ‘letter to alice’ (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Alice-First-Reading-Austen/dp/034058937X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299080107&sr=8-1) that you should never discuss your plots with anyone. Since, the telling removes the need to write. I, therefore, think that Paulina Petrova and Nathan Bradsford ask a good question when they ask; ‘to tell or not to tell?’ What do you think?

Amplify’d from blog.nathanbransford.com

I wonder if other writers talk to someone else about their idea (the plot of their story) while writing their novel or feel that when they do this they kill their muse.

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