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£1,200 childcare cost pledge

Families are to receive up to £1,200 a year towards childcare costs from 2015. The pledge will reportedly only apply to families in which both parents work and earn less than £150,000 a year. The Budget will be announced on Wednesday.

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Charity says childcare funding delay 'helps no one'

The delay until 2015 of the Government's new funding for childcare "helps no one", the head of the single parents charity Gingerbread has said.

Chief executive Fiona Weir said the charity was "very pleased" to see help for those on low and middle incomes, while urging more to go to those earning less, but attacked the timing.

Two to three years is a long time to wait for measures that the Government itself says could offer a £4 billion boost to the economy each year. Work is single parents' best route out of poverty and the most effective way for the Government to cut the welfare bill; this delay helps no one.

– Fiona Weir

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