Cameron and Clegg still making life harder not easier for families across the country, the Queen's Speech doesn't change that - Cooper

9 May 2012

Yvette CooperYvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, commenting on the Queen’s Speech today, said:

"David Cameron and Nick Clegg are still making life harder not easier for families across the country, and the Queen's Speech doesn't change that.

“The Government cannot claim to be family friendly when it is cutting child care support, cutting tax credits for part time working parents, and taking more from children than the banks. Over 30,000 women have left work in the last year because they can't afford child care and are struggling to make work pay.

"Labour introduced flexible parental leave to make it easier for parents to balance work and family life. Improving adoption is also important.

"But working families are feeling really pressed as a result of the Government's own decisions.

"For working mums and dads up and down the country, David Cameron's pledge to be the most family friendly government ever rings very hollow in the face of the fiercest attack on family support in generations.”