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Committee on Affordable Childcare publishes call for evidence

03 July 2014

The Affordable Childcare Committee has published its call for evidence. The deadline for submitting written evidence is 15 August 2014.

Areas of interest

What does childcare cost? Is it worth the money we spend on it – as parents and as taxpayers? Is the main aim to promote child development or to enable parents to work? Could we be spending the money better? These are some of the questions at the heart of the inquiry by the House of Lords Select Committee on Affordable Childcare.

Chairman's comment

Chairman of the Committee, Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, said:

"Thousands of parents all over the country struggle with decisions about childcare on a daily basis. However, with the Government subsidising childcare through free early education as well as tax credits and childcare vouchers, this isn’t just a matter for individual families. We need to ask, what is the main purpose of the Government subsidising childcare – is it to address inequalities in child development, or to help parents get back to work? And are those aims being met? If not, could the money be spent better in other ways to achieve those outcomes?

"We look forward to examining these important questions at the heart of the current debate on childcare policy. We would encourage anyone with relevant expertise or experience in these issues to submit evidence."

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