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It is all very well claiming that because we now have over 75% of women with dependent children working, it is because of our family-friendly policies (Report, 25 October). The gig economy notoriously relies on women to become “self-employed” and as such women cannot claim maternity benefits. It is more likely that the percentage of women with dependent children has grown because it is so hard for families to get by without two breadwinners.
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• Steve Rose expresses “the uncomfortable feeling that [Ken] Loach’s stories of bottom-rung strife are primarily consumed by middle-class cinephiles” (The Guide, 26 October). I suggest that Loach’s films are bound to find that audience. Given current ticket prices, possessing the means to watch movies in cinemas might well be a valid definition of the middle class.
Source: Guardian GiG Economy