Briefing on the impact of childcare costs on child poverty

June 2015

This research by published by Gingerbread and Child Poverty Action Group found that 130,000 UK children are pushed into poverty as working parents struggle to pay rising childcare costs.

Families struggling to make work pay have a long wait ahead for extra childcare support pledged by government, while costs continue to rise sharply above wages. In the last five years, nursery fees for under-twos have risen by 33 per cent. One in five children with at least one working parent is growing up in poverty.

The research was carried out by Donald Hirsch and Laura Valadez at the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University.