FIRST MATERNITY LEAVE NOW GRANNY LEAVE – Recently I wrote an article after Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP, suggested that businesses shouldn’t be forced by legislation to provide salaries for women on maternity leave or in fact be required to hold their jobs.
I fully agreed with Godfrey Bloom for having children is a lifestyle choice whereby a woman’s decision to have a child should not affect the productivity of any business let alone be forced into providing payment for not working.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPRR) now wants legislation enacted that will allow women over the age of 50 the right to ‘Granny Leave’; so that they may take off up to six months to care for elderly relatives.
Again businesses, if such legislation is created, will be forced to allow women over the age of 50 to take time off work, up to six months, and give them the statutory right to return to their jobs following their time off.
According to the IPPR, a so-called ‘think-tank’, many women of 50 and over are having to take early retirement because they have to take care of an elderly relative and are unable to find suitable employment after such care has been given.
Think tank? There doesn’t appear to be that an awful lot of thinking going on for the economy and businesses are struggling enough with further burdening these with the ideology that people can simply take time out when they please.
It’s bad enough that businesses are forced to provide payment for those women who decide to have children let alone consider more legislation to allow more time off work whilst being paid.
No doubt I’ll get an ear-bashing from the feminist but the truth is women appear to be holding all the cards. I personally don’t care if someone wants to have a child but why should I be forced to pay for it?
Taxpayers are already fleeced enough by having to support the ‘Child Benefit’ scheme and just look at how many out-of-work families there are with six kids or more. They simply continue to breed just to fleece the taxpayer.
I am a staunch advocate for equal rights but there is nothing equal about allowing a woman to take time off work for maternity leave and if the ‘Granny Leave’ comes into effect watch how many more employers will avoid employing women for they know doing so will put yet another burden on their shoulders.
The argument for the ‘Granny Leave’ is that more women over 50 are struggling to help their grown-up children and care for their elderly.
That’s it; that’s the excuse. Why do parents have to help their grown up children? Aren’t they able to fend for themselves? Are we not supposed to have a healthcare system in place that takes care of our elderly?
I know what you are going to say; ‘the Government doesn’t supply adequate care for the elderly’. Of course you’re absolutely right but whose fault is that?
During the last General Election the British public couldn’t really decide which Party they wanted in power so we ended up with a Coalition. Coalitions never work because of their opposing views and it is clear to see that the existing Coalition Government is woefully inadequate at solving the problems we face.
To add to the Governments incompetence we allow them to hand over billions in Foreign Aid and even more to the EU; both of which derive zero benefit to the British taxpayer.
Maybe, just maybe, if we had a Government in power that would cut the purse strings and use the foreign aid and EU budget internally we wouldn’t have the problems of caring for the elderly.
Considering that we have an aging population I wonder if the IPRR has bothered to consider the consequences of such legislation that will impact business over say the next 20 years; for in the last 5 years alone the number of over 50’s working has doubled in the UK and if this trend continues and people are given the right to ‘Granny Leave’ it is likely that more businesses will close as there will be no employees to keep them operational.
Do you think ‘Granny Leave’ is a sensible approach to elderly care or just another burden on businesses and the taxpayer? Please leave your comments below.