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8 March 2001

`Family friendly` budget praised by CPHVA

Gordon Brown’s ‘family friendly’ Budget has been hailed as "the most concerted and targeted series of fiscal measures to help families in a generation" by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA’s Director, Jackie Carnell said: "This Budget has been a boost to families with young children generally, such as the increase in maternity leave and pay, and the introduction of paid paternity leave for the first time.

"But the measures have also been constructed in such a way to provide targeted help for families on lower incomes, such as the child care tax credit and the national minimum wage."

"Health visitors and community nurses recognise on a daily basis the emotional and financial problems that many families have in bringing up children and they will welcome these measures."

The CPHVA welcomed the more than Ł130 million to be spent on recruiting extra NHS staff, including 20,000 more nurses, however it believes that the recruitment problems of nurses would be eased "only by sustained year-on-year pay increases above the rate of inflation."

The only real concern that the CPHVA had about the Budget was the 6p-tax rise on a pack of cigarettes, which was in line with in inflation. Jackie Carnell said: "We would have liked a larger rise as a necessary deterrent against smoking, especially for young women who are a growth area in terms of cigarette consumption."

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The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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