Local MP Jo Swinson is calling on the SNP Government to end the postcode lottery that local parents face due to significant differences in childcare costs between local authorities in Scotland. A study by Family and Childcare Trust shows that costs may vary by as much as £2600 per year between East Dunbartonshire and neighbouring local authorities.
The report also highlights that problems in childcare provision were far more acute in Scotland than in England where more initiatives to deliver flexibility for working parents had been introduced. Scottish Liberal Democrats have long pressed the SNP to extend childcare provision and match what the Liberal Democrats are delivering for families in England.
Commenting Jo said:
“Not only do the costs vary widely but finding childcare is also a major challenge for parents. Only 15 per cent of Scottish local authorities have enough childcare for working parents, compared to 43 per cent in England.
“Our childcare plans give people the opportunities they need to get on in life. Increasing free childcare allows parents to return to work, allows children to get the education boost when they need most it in the early years and we can create more jobs.”