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Childcare costs rise 7.4 times faster than wages in London

TUC research shows that average costs of childcare are outpacing wage growth. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Childcare costs for young children have more than seven times faster than wages since 2008 in London, a study suggests.

TUC research shows that average costs in England for parents with a one-year-old rose 48% between 2008 and 2016, while average wages increased 12%.

The government says it has doubled the free childcare available to working parents of three and four-year-olds.

The trade union body, the TUC, said that, while parents with children aged two and above received financial support from the government, most working parents with one-year-olds did not get any state help.