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Working mums get little support


Well done, Betty Stewart for speaking up for the muchmaligned full time mother (NCE last week). These unsung heroines deserve respect and support but get neither from our work obsessed society and government.

Single earner families pay over £2,000 more tax per year than comparable working couples. In addition, women who work full time after the birth of each child receive generous maternity pay every time - those who stay at home after their first receive nothing at all for subsequent children.

Under current rules, civil engineers generally don't become MICE until their 30s, which is a problem for women engineers who want to become qualified before taking a break for a family. There are also few good part time jobs for civil engineers and women returning to work after a career break receive little help.

Raising a family is an important part of life, but those who do it get very little real support. For the future health of our profession and society in general this needs to change.

A N Beal (M), 10 King George Avenue, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4LH

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