Childcare costs in the North East ‘cancel out wages’

UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR

Working parents are being crippled by childcare costs with one in five North parents effectively working for nothing, figures today reveal.

New research suggests more than a third of parents in the region with children aged up to five say that one earner brings home less than £100 a month after childcare costs have been paid.

The typical amount brought home by the lower earner in a household is £212.50 after childcare and work costs have been taken into account.

Businesses have now called on the government to extend childcare support for parents with children aged one and two.

The CBI employers’ organisation said that this, and better paid jobs in the North East, would help raise family incomes and get more adults into work.

Regional head of the CBI, Dianne Sharp, said:

“In the aftermath of recession, more jobs were created in sectors with below median wages than…

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