Radical reforms to tackle worklessness must be followed-up by an overhaul of the childcare system, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has said in a new report.
The paper highlights how current childcare arrangements are often counter-productive for parents, and sets out how to address the root causes of the problem.
Christian Guy, Managing Director of the CSJ, said: ‘Finding suitable and affordable childcare in the UK is difficult and often hinders some of the poorest parents from working. We need to give people the tools to escape poverty – reforming childcare must be a political priority.’
The report – Transforming Childcare, Changing Lives – urged Ministers to reform the system so parents can either avoid the cost of childcare completely, or drive down costs to make it more affordable.
The publication, which also called for an easing of ‘red tape’ around childcare, was covered widely in the media, including The Telegraph.