Ellen Broome, The Children’s Society’s policy director, said:
'The government’s announcement today that low-income working families will get vital help with childcare for their two year olds is very welcome. This move will help give parents the support they need to move into work or take on more hours and move their families out of poverty.
'The vast majority of children living in poverty – six in 10 – are in low-income working families. Families where parents are struggling to make ends meet and having to make harsh choices between putting food on the table or buy new school uniforms.
'By making it possible for these families to get help with childcare, the government is making a big step towards ensuring work pays.'
For more information, please call Beth Herzfeld in The Children’s Society media team on 020 7841 4422, 07775 812 357, firstname.lastname@example.org. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.
Notes to editors:
- 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty
- Two-thirds of children now living in poverty are in working families – a quarter of a million more compared to 15 years ago.
- 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.