Free Nursery Childcare Should Be Given After Strikes

Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has called for all parents to be given free, high-quality nursery childcare. She said that nursery fees were “going through the roof, as wages stagnate” and that action was required to address the issue.

 

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An estimated 1.7 million women in England are prevented from doing more hours of paid work by childcare issues. The TUC calls for the government to invest in high-quality, affordable childcare provisions to tackle this problem.

 

Currently, parents of three and four-year-olds in England are offered 30 free hours of childcare per week, and those eligible for Universal Credit can claim up to 85% of their childcare costs. However, the TUC argues that this is not enough to make a real difference to families struggling with childcare costs.

 

The government has said it has spent more than £4bn a year on childcare provision for the last five years. However, the TUC believes this is not enough to offset the rising cost of childcare.

 

The average cost of sending a child to nursery full-time is now £11,700 per year, which is more than the annual tuition fees at some universities. The TUC is calling on the government to invest in high-quality, affordable childcare as a way of making a real difference to families who are struggling with the cost of childcare.

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The TUC has said that taxes on family homes and childcare costs are making it hard for parents to afford to work. The average cost of sending a child to nursery full-time is now £11,700 per year. This is more than the annual tuition fees at some universities. The government has spent more than £4bn a year on childcare provision for the last five years. However, the TUC believes this is not enough to make a real difference to families struggling with childcare costs.

 

The TUC is calling on the government to invest in high-quality, affordable childcare as a way of making a real difference to families who are struggling with the cost of childcare. In an interview with the BBC, Frances O’Grady said that the government needed to do more to help families struggling with childcare costs.

 

She said: “The government has been spending more on childcare over the last few years, but it’s not enough. Nursery fees have increased by 30% since 2010, while wages have stagnated. “We need to see a real investment in high-quality, affordable childcare. That would make a huge difference to millions of working parents and help get our economy moving again.”

 

What do you think of the TUC’s proposal? Do you believe that the government should invest in high-quality, affordable childcare? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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