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UK Policy Briefing

Calculating the cost of a high quality, free universal childcare system

Westminster Hall Debate Relating to Funding and Affordability of Childcare A Briefing from the UK Women’s Budget Group.


Our childcare system is in crisis. Even prior to the pandemic it was not fit for purpose and was failing to meet the needs of children, parents, and the economy.  Covid and the Government’s response has exacerbated these problems.

A system of high quality, free, universal childcare would deliver significant long-term benefits for children, parents, and the wider economy.

Read our briefing which calculates the cost of implementing a high quality, free universal childcare system.

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