Despite major government investment since the mid-2000s childcare continues to represent a significant cost for working parents, meaning that many second earners can find that they are no better-off in work. The government is consulting on plans to spend an extra £1 billion per year on additional childcare support, but at present this additional support is skewed towards comparatively wealthier households.
At this Resolution Foundation and Mumsnet event Amber Rudd MP discussed the Conservative agenda for the future of childcare. Vidhya Alakeson (Resolution Foundation) and Justine Roberts (Mumsnet) responded, providing insights into the potential policy responses the Conservatives might choose to pursue.Anushka Asthana (Sky News) chaired this event.
This event is part of a Resolution Foundation series on the future of childcare including events at the Liberal Democrat party conference with Julian Astle(adviser to Nick Clegg) and at the Labour party conference with Yvette Cooper MP.