Childcare costs are holding back parents who want to go to work
LOW pay and a lack of affordable childcare are holding back parents who want to work, a study has found.
Research by the Child Poverty Action Group showed that one in five unemployed parents wanted to work but found the cost of childcare prohibitively expensive.
Almost as many could not find childcare for the hours they needed, the survey of 1,000 low and middle-income parents revealed. Almost half of working parents with an annual household income under £30,000 said they did not have enough money to support their families.
The poll found that most working parents wanted permanent jobs while those returning to work after having a child struggled to retain their previous level of pay and job grade.