West Scotland MSP Mary Fee has called on the Scottish Government to get tough on childcare costs and availability after research shows that holiday care in Scotland is most expensive across the UK.
Scottish Labour’s Mary Fee has joined party colleagues to call on the Scottish Government to get serious on holiday childcare costs after research by the Family and Childcare Trust1 showed that working parents in Scotland are paying more than parents in England and Wales by 11.3% and 17% respectively.
The higher costs of publicly provided childcare means that a single parent in West Scotland will spend £1 of every £5 earned in holiday childcare for each child and that the average couple with two children will spend 30% of their income.
Mary knows that parents will be glad in many ways that schools have now returned after the summer holidays, most noticeable due to childcare costs and availability.
The same research by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that under the SNP, availability of holiday childcare has halved for working parents since 2012. For children with special needs, childcare availability has been cut by a third.
Speaking from her West Scotland office, Mary said:
“The SNP Scottish Government must act on childcare costs to help working families during school holidays. Over the last 9 years the SNP has been full of rhetoric when it comes to helping parents with nursery and after-school care costs.
“Now we find out that during school holidays, parents in Scotland pay more than parents anywhere else in the UK. No wonder mothers and fathers are happy that schools have returned this week.
“With the new powers of the Scottish Parliament, the SNP Government must take action to reduce costs and increase availability ahead of future school holidays.”