Civil partnership timelines:you download this
Some parts of this cabinet office document are very useful I think. See page 73 especially.
Some specific "family policies in the last 10 years include:
Single parents - attempts to help them into work
Statutory or Contractual Maternity Pay and the right to resume their former job and Statutory maternity leave - increases in both (e.g. 26 week prior to 2007, 52 weeks after).
Maternity Allowance increased payment / length of payment.
Paternity leave (from 2003). Increased payments from 2007
Adoption leave and pay (2005)
Child Support Agency (CSA) reformed / replaced
Childcare Act (2006)
- Integration of early childhood (up to the age of 5) services between local authorities, the NHS and so forth.
- Ensure sufficient childcare for working parents (particularly families on lower incomes or with disabled children).
- Local authorities must secure "a free minimum amount of early learning and care for all 3 and 4 year olds whose parents want it".
- Information about children's services and provisions must be widely disseminated to parents by local authorities.
- Early Years Foundation to integrate "early education and care for children from birth to age 5".
- Registration requirement for "all providers caring for children up to age 5"
Educational Maintenance Allowances (2004)
Free nursery provision for all 3 year olds (2004)
Tax Credits and Benefits: Things like:
Job Seeker's Allowance
Child Tax Credit
Working Tax Credit
Old Age / retirement - changing the starting point.
Pensioners receive some free services (such as a Bus Pass, television licence and help with heating). Home help, district nurse / health visitor, day centre care, social workers and meals-on-wheelsWrite all this up as part of your notes...