Parents Spend Third Of Income On Childcare - More Than Any Other Country

07/09/2011 14:43 | Updated 22 May 2015
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High childcare costs mean mums and dads are turning down offers of work.

Research from Save the Children and Daycare Trust shows we're spending almost a THIRD of our income just on childcare, making Britain the most expensive country to be a working parent.

For a massive 41 per cent of us, childcare costs match our mortgage or rent payments, and 25 per cent of parents have actually got into debt because of the cost of childcare.

In poorer households, 50 per cent of mums and dads admit they have to cut back on food to pay for childcare.

Sally Copley from Save the Children commented on the findings, saying: 'The recent cut to the working tax credit has only made this worse with many parents realising they are no better off working, and they and their children remain trapped in poverty.'

A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said: 'Ministers have always said that, under universal credit, they will invest at least the same amount of money into childcare as in the current system.'

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