Ensuring low-income families have adequate access to childcare

High childcare costs have a critical bearing on low-income families’ ability to meet household expenses, stay in work or engage in the training they need to escape poverty, including food poverty. Local authorities have a statutory duty to secure sufficient childcare provision for the needs of working parents in their area. Local authorities may also choose to fund some kind of food provision as part of the local free childcare entitlement.

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