Families lose childcare cash

Almost a thousand families in the Ashfield district are set to lose an average of £424 a year in support for childcare costs.

Cuts announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Spending Review will come into force in April. But the impact of these cuts has not been clear until now.

New figures by an independent think tank show that 950 families in Ashfield, which covers Selston and Underwood, will be affected and will lose an average of £424 when the changes to the childcare element of the working tax credit are introduced.

Under the current system, working families have been able to claim support for up to 80 per cent of the costs of childcare. But from April that figure will fall to 70 per cent.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero said: “This is another blow to hard working families who are struggling to make ends meet as it is. This kind of support with childcare costs is absolutely vital to parents who want to stay in work. Many will no longer be able to make that choice.”