Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has attacked the Governments record as figures compiled by the Labour Party have revealed that the cost of childcare has soared by up to 47% since 2010, with huge disparities in cost across the country.
The analysis shows that nursery care now costs £121 a week for a two-year-old in England – up from £82 eight years ago. Sadly, with wages not rising to keep up with costs parents are feeling the pinch – weekly wages have risen by only 17% over the same period, from £439 in January 2010 to £512 in December 2017.
Labour, which compiled the figures based on annual reports by the Family and Childcare Trust, said there had been rises of between 25% and 63% since 2010. The size of the rise is dependent on what part of the country you find yourself in, with nursery bills rising the fastest in the North East (63%), and London (51%) over the period, whilst in Yorkshire and the Humber the rise was 25%.
Meanwhile the Government is accused of handing nurseries too little cash for the scheme by the influential and respected Commons Treasury Committee, the effect of which is forcing nurseries to hike prices elsewhere. The Commons Treasury Committee reported that parents had been asked to pay for food and activities that were previously free to plug a £157m shortfall in 2017/18.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Families in Tameside and Stockport are facing a cost of living crisis under this Tory Government with the cost of nursery care skyrocketing.
“Childcare is a key cause of the cost of living crisis for parents and with the government now failing to fund its so-called ‘free entitlement’ schemes adequately, the costs are being passed onto parents. Labour has pledged to extend free childcare to all two-year-olds because we recognise that families need a hand in these difficult times.”