Local authorities failing to provide enough childcare
A new report from the Daycare Trust and Family and Parenting Institute shows two-thirds of local authorities fail in their statutory duty to provide enough childcare
Figures out next Wednesday 6th March from Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute will show that more than two thirds of councils are failing to ensure enough childcare for working parents. This is increasing the financial pressure on struggling families and preventing mothers with young children from staying in the workforce.
Anand Shukla, Chief Executive of Daycare Trust and Family and Parenting Institute said: “Local authorities have a legal duty to ensure a sufficient supply of childcare in their areas, but no doubt their failure to do so is linked to the tight financial squeeze they find themselves in, with ever more austere funding settlements.”
Only one in five local authorities have enough childcare for parents with children under two, and one in three for school age children. Just one in seven have enough childcare for disabled children – a figure which has not improved in five years. This follows recently published DWP statistics that show a third of parents who want to work more cannot because they can’t find affordable childcare.