Mumsnet: Will childcare vouchers help single parents?

Katie O'Donovan from parenting website Mumsnet has welcomed the proposed childcare voucher scheme but questions if those most in need will get the help needed.

She said: "Mumsnet users have been calling for help with the ever-rising cost of childcare, which is a serious impediment to many mothers returning to work after children, for some time, so we welcome the additional funding going into this scheme.

Questions have been raised over the benefit to single parents under the proposed scheme. Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

"However there is concern that single-parent households might lose out whilst some very high earning two-parent households will benefit.

"A couple could earn £300,000 a year and still benefit. That doesn't seem sensible and is inconsistent with other cuts, such as those to child benefit and to childcare tax credit.

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