The Budget 2014: The Young Mother

Sarah Stokle has just had her first child and wants to be able to spend as much time as possible with six-month-old Isaac. But she's concerned that cuts will force her to spend more time in the job and away from her son

Sarah Stokle and son Isaac
Sarah Stokle and son Isaac

Sarah Stokle has just had her first child and wants to be able to spend as much time as possible with six-month-old Isaac.

The 28-year-old mum, of Great North Road, Gosforth, is expecting to head back to work soon as a community nurse but she’s concerned that cuts will force her to spend more time in the job and away from her son.

“When it comes to the balance between work and childcare, I don’t think this government get it right.

“I want to be in a position where I can afford to work and provide decent childcare for my son and I’m hoping to be able to spend a lot more time with him too.”

Sarah and Isaac have been reaping the benefits of Sure Start Children’s Centres across North Tyneside and she believes the impact of such services have in helping young mums cannot be underestimated.

“They can’t take decisions to cut programmes such as Sure Start centres lightly. They’re a great resource for people who can’t afford to pay for services and they’re great for a bit of peer support.”

Working as a nurse, Sarah is also interested in what George Osborne has in store for the NHS.

She has found her workload increasing over the past few years, without seeing the financial rewards, and she is hoping for better news on Wednesday.

“I would want them to put money into the NHS. There were all these advantages of working for the NHS but now they’ve all been cut.

“I still think the NHS has got some good benefits, but now you’re constantly expected to go that bit further but you never see anything for it.”

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