Childcare costs create new poverty trap for Scots families

Scottish parents spend an average of 27 per cent of their household income on childcare, the report said, compared to an average of 12 per cent across other developed countries. Citizens Advice Scotland has now called on the Scottish Government and local councils to “work together to ensure that suitable, affordable childcare is provided for working parents in all areas of Scotland.”

The Government should also consider introducing a statutory right to childcare, it suggested.

Citizens Advice Scotland policy manager Keith Dryburgh said: “Childcare has become a more high-profile issue, and rightly so. If we get it right, the whole Scottish economy will benefit, as well as the families directly concerned. However, the evidence from Scotland’s CAB service is clear: childcare isn’t working for far too many families. And many parents who want to work can’t get childcare.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie called for the creation of a new childcare taskforce to help deliver plans using powers expected with further devolution.

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said she was aware that childcare costs are a big outlay for most families.

She said: “The Children and Young People Act now requires local authorities to consult with groups of parents at least once every two years on patterns of childcare provision which would best meet their needs.

“This should introduce a greater level of flexibility and choice in to the system as we work with local government to further develop and expand provision.”

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