Cost Of Childcare

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17 Feb 2014

There is more evidence that the cost of childcare is adding to the Prime Minister’s cost of living crisis and acting as a drag on our economy. According to a new study around two-thirds of mothers say the cost of childcare is an obstacle to them working more.

Families facing a cost of living crisis are struggling to cope with soaring childcare costs - up 30 per cent since 2010 and five times faster than wages. As well as a squeeze on places, there are hundreds fewer Sure Start Centres.

This childcare crunch has gone on long enough but the Prime Minister is completely out of touch and cannot see that childcare is adding to the cost of living crisis that parents are facing. He has no plan to support parents with the rising costs or poor availability of childcare in this Parliament.

I would like to see an extension of free early education for three and four year olds with parents in work from 15 to 25 hours, worth £1,500 per child. I would also like to see the availability of before and after school childcare tackled by introducing a primary childcare guarantee to help parents.