Lily Caprani, Director of Communications, Campaigns and Policy at The Children’s Society, said:
'It is very welcome that the government is focussing on the need to make childcare more affordable and available to families up and down the country. The very high cost of childcare acts as a major barrier to parents going to work and managing to make ends meet. Widening access to affordable childcare therefore has a crucial role to play in reducing child poverty.
'Measures to make it easier for schools to provide care for children before and after school are also an important step forward in helping to meet working parents’ needs. New provisions must make sure that quality is never compromised and that childcare always helps children to develop and thrive.
'Also important is the additional £200 million being made available so some parents on Universal Credit can get more support. But, for this to be effective, it is vital that the government extends extra help with childcare costs to all families on Universal Credit. This is especially the case for the poorest families, who will be excluded from this because they earn too little or do not work.'
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Notes to editors
- 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty.
- Six in 10 children living in poverty are in low-income working families.
- The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.