“Ministers must make the investment needed to help the missing million back into work”

05 November 2012

As reported in the Guardian, one of the key proposals in a report written by the Commission on Living Standards states that governments should "the missing million" women back into the workforce by offering an extra 10 hours of childcare a week at £1 an hour, a move which would cost £2.2bn.

Commenting upon the report written by the Commission on Living Standards, Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said:

As the costs of childcare continue to soar, many parents are finding themselves unable to pursue the work and careers that they could as the incentives to work simply do not often pay. If the government is truly committed to helping families seek employment, it must take the proposals contained within the report seriously and make the required investment in childcare.

Helping "the missing million" women back into the workforce will undoubtedly pose a challenge for government, but it is one that Ministers must rise to in order to maintain family living standards and give children the positive start in life that they deserve."

Notes to Editors
For further information or to request an interview with a 4Children spokesperson, please contact William Staynes: William.Staynes@4Children.org.uk / 0207 522 6919 or Kieran Lowe: Kieran.Lowe@4Children.org.uk  / 0207 522 6965.
About 4Children
4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities.
We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences. Our national campaigns, including our Give Me Strength campaign, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.
To find out more visit www.4Children.org.uk

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