February 6, 2011
In the last budget, the chancellor announced several cuts and changes to benefits that low- and middle-income families are now starting to feel. These include the much-discussed three-year freeze on current Child Benefit rates and axing of the benefit for households where one person has earnings above the 40% threshold (currently around £44,000).
With rising VAT, mums-to-be have also lost out on the £190 Health in Pregnancy grant, which has been scrapped along with the £500 Sure Start Maternity Grant, for all but your first baby. All this at a time when prices are rocketing and parents are having to juggle their finances.
NCT wants new families to be free from being pulled apart by the struggle to meet their financial needs and feel able to meet the needs of their baby. We also want to see a more supportive environment for families in the UK before it’s too late to repair the damage later on down the line. And it’s here that NCT charity can help parents who are struggling to make ends meet.
NCT’s Nearly New Sales offer new and expectant parents a financial lifeline, with an alternative to forking out for brand new baby products. In this tough economic climate, NCT’s popular Nearly New Sales provide a haven for cash-strapped parents.
The Sales also provide an opportunity to make money from selling baby clothes and equipment families no longer need. Goods must be in excellent condition and sellers will pay just £15 for a table and keep 100% of the proceeds from the sale. By visiting your local NCT Nearly New Sale which costs £1.50 p/p, parents can kit out their kids for less than high street prices or save a fortune on preparing for the arrival of their new baby plus beautiful home made cakes and teas are available.
The Sales are not exclusively for NCT members, they are open to everyone whether buying, selling or both! On average, parents spend £27.25 at a Sale, which could buy a range of items such as bedding, clothes, a changing station or high chair. With average Sale prices being a third of full price goods on the high street, a family can expect to save around £54.50.
NCT charity can also help cash strapped parents in other ways. Bumps and Babies groups offer parents an affordable way of meeting friends and getting out and about. And they ensure parents do not have to face these tough financial times alone.
“Like many families who are feeling the pinch, the sales have helped us save money. There’s usually a vast range – just what you want when you’re pregnant for the first time and need ‘everything’. As an NCT member and volunteer, I also get to go in early for first dibs on the bargains. I don’t think children need brand-new clothes and equipment because they grow, and grow-up so quickly, that everything is still perfectly functional when they have finished with them, even if a bit pre-loved.” Janet Elllis, Stebbing.
Our next sale is the 5th March, 3pm entry for members and 3.30 for non members and we will have a reflexologist on hand to help stressed mums as well as Baby Sensory in the cafe area plus an offer of a free fitted child seat for any mums who buy a Pashley Princess Sovereign bike.
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