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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS SAYS SUMMER HOLIDAY CHILDCARE COSTS HAVE SOARED 37 TIMES FASTER THAN WAGES UNDER PAUL BURSTOW’S BACKED COALITION
TUESDAY 22 JULY 2014

 

As children break up from school for their summer holidays and hardworking parents grapple with meeting childcare needs, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has raised concerns about the spiral of rising costs. New analysis by the Labour Party shows that under Paul Burstow’s backed Coalition, the cost of childcare during the summer holidays has spiralled compared to 2010.
In London there has been an increase of 22% in the cost of holiday childcare in provision, 37 times faster than wages. This means parents in London are paying £22.34 more per child for childcare over the summer holidays, than before the 2010 general election.
Alongside soaring costs, the availability of holiday childcare has nearly halved – now just 27 per cent of councils have enough holiday childcare for parents who work full-time compared to 49 per cent in 2009.
Emily Brothers, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, said:
“Arranging and affording holiday childcare can be a nightmare for families in Sutton and Cheam. It’s a big issue that parents locally raise with me. Families struggling under David Cameron’s cost-of-living crisis are put under increased pressure over the long summer holidays thanks to rocketing costs and reduced places. Parents shouldn’t be having to choose between working and caring over the summer because of the cost and availability of summer childcare.”
Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Childcare and Children said:
“Under David Cameron, childcare costs are soaring and the availability of childcare is plummeting, causing a summer of misery for many parents trying to balance work and family life in the holidays. Whilst families facing a cost-of-living crisis come under more and more pressure, this Government has no plan to support families struggling with their childcare before the next election.
“Parents always tell me that the summer holidays present a big challenge yet the government has pulled the rug from under much of the provision which previously existed.”

 

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*Notes to Editors

Analysis of figures published by the Family and Childcare Trust show regional increases in the cost of holiday childcare against the percentage changes in regional weekly wages (the latest available figures):

2010 weekly cost £

2014 weekly cost £

Weekly increase £

Increase over the summer holiday £

% change

% change 2010-13 in gross median weekly wages cash terms £

Increase in holiday childcare costs X times faster than wages

East of England*

83.00

£92.81

9.81

58.86

12%

5.4%

2

East Midlands

88.73

£134.98

46.25

277.50

52%

4.4%

13

Greater London

102.00

£124.34

22.34

134.04

22%

0.6%

37

North East*

63.05

£97.10

34.05

204.30

54%

5.2%

10

North West*

84.29

£101.50

17.21

103.26

20%

3.1%

6

South East

113.11

£148.23

35.12

210.72

31%

2.9%

11

South West

113.03

£116.20

3.17

19.02

3%

2.4%

N/a

West Midlands*

65.30

£105.51

40.21

241.26

62%

4.5%

14

Yorkshire and Humberside

98.04

£116.41

18.37

110.22

19%

2.4%

8

*For these regions, the provision referred to is maintained provision. For all other regions the provision referred to is private, voluntary and independent.

Sources: Family and Childcare Trust, Holiday Childcare Survey 2014, 17 July 2014

Daycare Trust Holiday Childcare Costs Survey 2010, http://www.familyandchildcaretrust.org/annual-holiday-childcare-costs-surveys

ONS, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2010-2013

·         In addition, the availability of holiday childcare has nearly halved – now just 27 per cent of councils  have enough holiday childcare for parents who work full-time compared to 49 per cent in 2009:

 

Local authorities with enough holiday childcare for particular social groups in 2009 and 2014

England 2009

England 2014

For parents who work full-time

49%

27%

Source: Family and Childcare Trust, Holiday Childcare Survey 2014, 17 July 2014

·         Under Labour, the number of holiday childcare places tripled between 2003 and 2010.

“Between 2003 and 2010 the number of holiday clubs in England more than doubled, increasing from 2,800 to 7,700. Over the same period, the number of registered places at holiday clubs more than tripled, increasing from 121,700 to 368,100 (Department for Education, 2010; Department for Education, 2011).”

DayCare Trust, Holiday Childcare Trusts Survey 2012, 19 July 2013, http://www.daycaretrust.org.uk/pages/holiday-childcare-costs-survey-2012.html

·         The Family and Childcare Trust is reporting today that one in five parents have been forced to call in sick over the holiday period to manage childcare – costing the Exchequer nearly £100 million every year.[1]

·         Before the general election, David Cameron promised to make Britain the most family-friendly country in Europe:

“I want the next Government to be the most family friendly Government we’ve ever had in this country and that is about everything we do to support families and it’s about supporting every sort of family.”

David Cameron, 22 January 2010, http://www.conservatives.com/News/Speeches/2010/01/David_Cameron_Mending_our_Broken_Society.aspx


[1] Family and Childcare Trust, Holiday Childcare Survey 2014, 17 July 2014