‘Affordable childcare must be made available’ – Brady

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Community, Politics
Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has said the latest comprehensive report into the provision of childcare, 2014 Childcare Costs Survey, highlights more needs to be done to make it affordable to parents.

Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady

Speaking to Newry Times, he said that while he welcomed the report, it highlighted the problems we are facing. “The fact that many parents are paying up to 44% of their earnings on childcare coupled with the fact that many are using payday loans, credit cards or loans to pay for childcare is very worrying. “I am also concerned that 49% of parents are unaware of their full entitlements in relation to childcare. All of this is leading to 51% of those interviewed stating they have either reduced their working hours or gave up work altogether. “This has had a detrimental effect to the earning potential of many families as well as to employers who find they are spending valuable resources retraining new staff. “If we are to encourage parents into work then we must make affordable childcare a priority so that people can raise their families while pursuing a career. Brady added, “Parents should check out how they can access their full child care entitlements. We in Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for affordable childcare right across the North.”
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