British charities say the increasing cost of childcare is putting pressure on parents to stop work and look after their children
Thousands of parents are having to give up their jobs in order to look after their children, instead of forking out for expensive childcare, a new study has found.Parents are spending a third of their salaries to pay for childcare, found the survey of 4,000 parents by British charities Save the Children and the Daycare Trust.In Scotland, 350 families on less than £12,000 a year had apparently gone into debt due to care costs, reports the BBC. Also, over 1,000 parents had turned down a job because of high childcare costs. "Childcare is so expensive it's becoming a luxury that only families earning a very good wage can comfortably afford," said Douglas Hamilton, Save the Children's head of Scotland, reports the BBC.For four out of 10 families, childcare is the same price as mortgage or rent payments, according to the Guardian. The charities have called for improved access to affordable, quality childcare and have asked the government to increase the amount they plan to spend on childcare support, in a bid to prevent low income families from going into poverty.Read more...
It really is bad. If you have more then one it doesn't pay a lot of the time. To put our 2 into child care for a full time job it would cost 18k. An average job round here doesn't pay that, with my other half working full time we wouldn't get anything towards child care and child care stops at 6pm locally so it makes you more picky as you have to leave time to get to pick your kids up and lots of places have longer opening hours and then there is the thought of when they are school age, going to get a job but then what happens during the holidays. You can't take ever holiday off and if you divide them between both of you, you never get time off together as a family. It really is hard, then you stop work but your other half works so you don't get any government help still but people then say your a lazy sod cos you don't do anything. We can't win, I've decided. I'm not going back to work as we are lucky and managing but I have just set up my own online business so I can manage a small amount of work with flexible hours to fit around the kids.
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