New government announcement on childcare

Published on: 
19 March 2013

The government has today announced a new scheme, to start in three years' time, to give tax relief to families for childcare costs.

However, CPAG is concerned that it would do very little to help the families that need it most, or to reduce child poverty.

See press release for our full response.

Chief Executive, Alison Garnham, said: "Unfortunately, the plans announced today are massively complicated, poorly targeted and too many years away to provide comfort for families struggling right now. We are disappointed the new scheme is weighted heavily in favour of those on high incomes. With the economy still stagnant and child poverty rising, low income families need stronger work incentives today, not in three years’ time."