Women and economy

Childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages since 2008 TUC analysis reveals

Fees up by 52%, compared to 17% increase in nominal wages. Families left with £4,700 annual shortfalls even after government support.

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to new TUC analysis published today (Monday).

The analysis shows that childcare costs have rocketed by 52% per week since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working parent. Over the same period their wages have gone up by just 17%.

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