A report published by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that the cost of childcare has soared by 33 per cent nationally under David Cameron, with families spending £1,533 more this year than they did in 2010, while wages have remained largely static.
Labour Party analysis shows that in some parts of the country the cost of childcare has rocketed by as much as 53 per cent over the Parliament.
Also Labour’s own research has found that in Wirral’s neighbouring city Liverpool the cost of part-time childcare with a childminder for a child aged 2 and over is now £122.25 a week -; a rise of more than two thirds since 2010.
Commenting on the findings Alison McGovern MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children, said: These figures lay bare the extent of David Cameron’s failure -; he is badly letting down working families. Since 2010 the failing Tory plan has seen the costs of childcare soar. On top of this, there are over 40,000 fewer childcare places and wages are down £1,600 a year on average.
Adding:”Labour gets that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. Our plan offers a better future for families struggling against the soaring cost and lack of availability of childcare, extending free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours, guaranteeing access to childcare for parents with primary age children through their local school, and delivering at least 50,000 more childcare places by doubling the number available at Sure Start centres.”