Government should take responsibility for mounting childcare costs
Marc Glendening's paper quoted by the Telegraph
Matthew Lesh writes for the Telegraph
Reem Ibrahim writes for Conservative Home
“Rather than trying to shift responsibility for childcare onto landlords, ministers should be honest about the costs their policies have piled onto families.
“The Government is clutching at straws here. The number of registered childminders has fallen from over 100,000 in the mid-1990s, to less than 30,000 today. Lockdown restrictions accelerated the decline, with many childminders being unable to work in other people’s homes.
“Furthermore, rather than free (meaning taxpayer-funded) nursery places, the Government should offer vouchers which could be topped up by families.
“This, in combination with relaxing burdensome restrictions on the supply of childcare, would dramatically reduce childcare costs for millions of families.”
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