The Scottish Government have highlighted research into the impact of the recent welfare legislation. In a bulletin on The Gender Impact of Welfare Reform concern is expressed over what is seen as a disproportionate impact on women as many benefit recipients are female (for example child benefit is often payable to the mother). What needs to be recognised is that many of the impacts will be felt by families and, in many instances, by lone fathers who are the responsible carer for their children.
COME JOIN US for an informal celebration of Fathers Day
12-2pm on Monday the 17th JUNE 2013
Sometimes I unexpectedly see
My long-dead Father
When I am fiddling.
With round face and clear
Smiling with a gummy grin.
My Grandfather is listed in the 1911 census of Northern Ireland as a Cabinet Maker. James Black. A Catholic. From Ballycastle. When the R. M. S. Titanic was being built he, like thousands of others went and found work at Harland and Wolff.
Take 70 p 3s and p 4s. Dress them up like teenagers. Pack them into a big dark hot and sweaty space. Continually shine bright coloured, flashy lights in their little faces. Shout indecipherable messages at them through a horrendously loud and fuzzy P.A system like a North Korean Dictator.
In the midst of a recent conversation at a parenting event I was attending I heard the phrase, "Sometimes I feel like I am just a taxi for my children!" It was said with a humourous grumpyness. How many of us have thought and felt the same, especially when you get the feeling that you are living your whole week at the local Leisure Centre and your children's times for their various classes are all higgledy piggledy and a logistical nightmare.