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Charity raises concerns over cost of childcare

  • Interview with Claire Harding from the Family and Childcare Trust by ITV News Anglia's presenter Jonathan Wills

A new report has raised concerns about how much families are spending on looking after children.

The government says it's spending more money than ever on helping to support parents, but not all families are feeling the benefits.

Parents now pay an eye-watering average of £116 per week for a part-time nursery place - over £6,000 every year - more than double what families spend on food and drink in a year, according to new

Research by the Family and Childcare Trust found mums and dads in the East of England working part-time pay just under £106 per week for 25 hours of nursery care for under 2s. The average in England is just over £117.

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Ground investigations to start on Northampton's Greyfriars site

The Greyfriars site has been cleared ready for developing Credit: ITV News Anglia

The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.

Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.

Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.

The Greyfriars site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."

– Council leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn

During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.

The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.

Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."

– Tim Holmes, Greyfriars Quarter Developments
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