Yesterday the findings of a major survey were published showing the impact of the cost of childcare on working parents in the UK. Over 20,000 parents took part in the survey organised by a coalition of parenting and campaigning groups.
Childcare costs and affordability
The majority of parents surveyed (97%) said that childcare was too expensive and 96% said that the Government is not doing enough to support working parents with childcare costs and availability.
33% of parents said that their childcare cost them more than their rent/mortgage payments, increasing to 38% for those in full time work or single parents, and 47% for those from a black ethnic background.
The impact on families
Half of parents surveyed said that the cost of childcare impacts their family’s standard of living or is completely unaffordable, increasing to 63% for single parents. 62% said that they have cut back on non-essential purchases such as presents and treats and 29% have not taken a holiday outside of the UK as a direct result of the cost.
You can read the survey findings in full here
Childcare funding and affordability debate
The publication of this data coincides with a parliamentary debate today following an e-petition on childcare funding and afforability which received well over 100,000 signatures.
You can tune in to the livestream of the debate here from 4.30pm.
PACEY will be providing updates during the debate on Twitter and will share the link afterwards for those who miss it. You can get involved in the discussion on Twitter too by using #ChildcareDebate and tagging us @PACEYchildcare.