Child­care costs are hold­ing back par­ents who want to go to work

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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.

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