News Cost of child­care has risen by almost 50%

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

THE cost of child­care has risen by as much as 47% across Eng­land since the Tories came to power, ac­cord­ing to new anal­y­sis by Labour. The party’s fig­ures sug­gest the costs of nurs­eries and child­min­ders have grown at dou­ble or even triple the rate of wages.

Shadow ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary An­gela Rayner said: “The cost of child­care has sky­rock­eted un­der this Tory Gov­ern­ment, show­ing they are fail­ing to de­liver af­ford­able, sus­tain­able child­care for fam­i­lies across the coun­try.

“At the same time wages have stag­nated and risen at half the rate of child­care costs, mak­ing it harder for working fam­i­lies to make ends meet. “The next Labour gov­ern­ment will give a fully funded of­fer of 30 hours of free child­care to ev­ery two to four-year-old in Eng­land as we build a coun­try that works for the many, not the few.”

Labour anal­y­sis, com­piled with fig­ures based on an­nual re­ports by the Fam­ily and Child­care Trust, shows the cost of child­care has risen by be­tween 32% and 47% across Eng­land since 2010.

Wages have risen by around 16% in the same pe­riod.

The av­er­age price across Eng­land for 25 hours of nurs­ery for a child un­der two has in­creased from £88 in 2010 to £124.73 in 2018.

Over the same pe­riod, the price for chil­dren aged two and over has risen from £82 to £120.66.

Since 2010, the cost of a child­min­der for a child un­der two has in­creased from £83 to £110.61.

For chil­dren two and over, the price has risen from £83 to £101.95.

The steep­est price rises have taken place in the North East and Lon­don.

In the North East nurs­ery costs have in­creased by more than 60%, while in Lon­don prices are up by as much as £57.25.

The cost of child­care has risen by as much as £33 a week in the West Mid­lands since 2010.

The anal­y­sis is based on fig­ures pub­lished by the Fam­ily and Child­care Trust, an in­de­pen­dent char­ity.

They show av­er­age costs per week in the West Mid­lands in cash terms.

The Gov­ern­ment pro­vides 30 hours a week of free child­care for chil­dren aged three and four whose par­ents are in work as part of a flag­ship Tory scheme.

Chil­dren aged two re­ceive 15 hours of free care if their par­ents re­ceive cer­tain low-in­come ben­e­fits.

In 2019/20 the Gov­ern­ment will spend around £6 bil­lion on child­care sup­port, a record amount.

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