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Childcare costs in Bristol increase while wages remain static


Childcare costs in Bristol increase by 47 per cent in past five years while wages remain static

Childcare costs in Bristol are said to have increased by nearly 50 per cent since 2010 - while wages have remained static.

A new report published today shows nursery costs, for a child under two, have risen from £117.50 per week in 2009/10 to £173.50 per week this year in the city.

The 47 per cent increase in Bristol is the ninth biggest in England and above the national 33 per cent average.

The Family and Childcare Trust's annual survey is based on 196 UK local authority responses about the cost of 25 hours and 50 hours of childcare at nurseries or childminders.

It states: "In the course of this Parliament, nursery costs for under-twos have increased by 32.8 per cent, at a time when real wages have remained largely static."

Stephen Dunmore, the trust's chief executive, said: "In the run-up to the general election this May we want to see all political parties commit to an independent review of childcare.

“Britain needs a simple system that promotes quality, supports parents and delivers for children."

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour's candidate for Bristol West, said: "Many people in Bristol West are telling me that they can't get childcare at all, or if they can, that it's so expensive they can't make it work.

"This is just not fair on families and particularly on women who want to get back to work - this government just hasn't dealt with it."

She added that Labour had pledged to extend free childcare to 25 hours a week and double the amount of places at Sure Start centres if elected.

Alison McGovern MP, Labour's shadow minister for childcare and children, added: "These figures lay bare the extent of David Cameron's failure - he is badly letting down working families.

"Since 2010 the failing Tory plan has seen the costs of childcare soar.

"On top of this, there are over 40,000 fewer childcare places and wages are down £1,600 a year on average."

Read the original news item in The Bristol Post

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