The cost of childcare has soared under New Labour to an average of £6,000 a year. A survey by the reputable Daycare Trust released this week found that a typical nursery place for a two year old now costs £110 a week. That's £30 a week more than in 1997 when New Labour was elected. In London the typical cost is now £135 a week, putting childcare "out of many parents' reach", says the trust. At the same time many councils are also cutting back on nursery places. The facts make a nonsense of the government's claims to have put working families with childcare at the centre of its policies.
10 February 2001