As part of Save the Children’s Make Childcare Work campaign, we took a group of eleven mums to Parliament in July to call for change to upfront childcare costs under Universal Credit.

Mums on a mission go to Parliament to #MakeChildcareWork: Vikki’s story

As part of Save the Children’s Make Childcare Work campaign, we took a group of eleven mums to Parliament in July to call for change to upfront childcare costs under Universal Credit. They gave evidence to a parliamentary inquiry, did media interviews, met ministers and MPs, handed in a petition and attended a roundtable with MPs.

This is Vikki’s story.

After becoming a single parent of 2 young children, going back to work from maternity leave and then moving on to Universal Credit, I struggled with the crippling cost of upfront childcare.  It was in the midst of this that I got involved in the ‘Make Childcare Work’ campaign and my life took an unexpected turn for the better.

Fast forward 9 months and I’m stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street holding a petition box containing 100k-plus signatures whilst a photographer snaps away and a cameraman films for ITV news.  It’s a strange place, it really feels like a film set. Downing Street is a place we’ve all seen hundreds of times but to walk up to the shiny black door and use the knocker is just bizarre.  Luckily, as always, I’m surrounded by the most supportive team imaginable and other outstanding, hard working parents that I now consider friends. We’ve been on this journey together for almost a year and to share this experience is monumental in all of our lives.  

Now the petition has been delivered, MPs have listened, the DWP select committee have written report after report and ministers have been addressed, we can only hope that sooner or later the changes we’ve been campaigning for will be implemented.  The huge upfront costs that are placed on already struggling parents’ shoulders need to be reconsidered and the system needs to be simplified to allow it to be transparent to everyone, but that’s just the start…

The soaring levels of in-work poverty will continue to be an issue until real changes are made.  As a group of empowered, tenacious and passionate parents backed by a marvellous team at Save and some influential political voices, we are determined to see this through and bring about reform of the failing welfare system.

After all, the revolution cannot happen without childcare…

Find out more about our campaign to Make Childcare Work

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  • Dave Lawrence

    We are only.17 weeks old with 6300 members and are here to share news, share stories, get information and advice and combat issues with the Universal Credit system In exciting developments this week we have our first FUCA Food Heroes pods live in Sunderland,Gateshead,Warrington and will continually be under development nationwide if the need is there we aim to fill it………these will pop up nationwide as the interest develops.. – still looking for food volunteers if anyone is interested and a Feed the FUCA’s page has been set up too, A resources area is under development .and we network nationwide to resolve immediate issues for the vulnerable as seen this weekend when together with Newcastle Street Friends we managed to sort food, clothing and other items for a young mum with 3 children, and free food on a regular basis for a homeless guy in Hounslow.. Come join us and vent if you wish whether on benefits or not we are open to all but politeness is requested at all times. …Issues with Universal Credit, news, views, information, support or just a rant.or offer help for a few hours volunteers areneeded too https://www.facebook.com/groups/557907344617657/?ref=group_header