Childcare charity urges all-party costs review

The BBC is reporting that all political parties are being urged to join forces to review the UK’s childcare system as a study highlights rising childcare costs…

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey says the average cost of a part-time nursery place for a child under two has risen 33% since 2010…

The report, based on 196 UK local authority responses about the cost of 25 hours and 50 hours of childcare in local nurseries or childminders, says: “In the course of this Parliament, nursery costs for under-twos have increased by 32.8%, at a time when real wages have remained largely static.”

It follows a string of surveys highlighting increasingly costly childcare.

Last year, the trust revealed many parents were spending more on childcare than their mortgage.

And many previous surveys have suggested costs can be too high for working to be economically viable for many parents, despite significant efforts by successive governments.

It says: “Over the last five years, while there have been deep cuts to other public services, the coalition government has increased spending on childcare.

“But despite this welcome investment, this year’s survey, the 14th in the series, finds childcare prices have continued to increase and the gaps in provision remain unfilled. The reality is that for too many families it simply does not pay to work.”

It also warns there is a risk that, as fees continue to rise, the new help in the form of tax relief could be wiped out…

Stephen Dunmore, the trust’s chief executive, said: “In the run-up to the general election this May we want to see all political parties commit to an independent review of childcare. Britain needs a simple system that promotes quality, supports parents and delivers for children…”

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You can download the full report from the Family and Childcare Trust at: Childcare Cost Survey 2015

 

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