Why childcare reforms probably won’t get parents back to work

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City AM

By Sascha O’Sullivan Jeremy Hunt and Rishi Sunak are betting big on childcare reforms to boost the economy, but many mothers will still choose to stay at home, writes Len Shackleton. It is bizarre to see a substantial increase in childcare support, aimed at parents of very small children, being mainly promoted as a means to get mothers back into work. In this purpose, it will probably disappoint. Despite pressure group claims, there are not huge numbers of women with very young children whose return to the workforce is held back by expensive childcare. Half of mothers of toddlers say they pref…

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