Cheaper after-school care on the cards
Friday February 09, 2007
By Simon Collins

The prices of after-school care and holiday programmes could be slashed over the next five years if the Government adopts recommendations from the Families Commission.

The Government asked the commission to come up with suggestions for its plans to introduce affordable after-school care for working parents.

The commission has responded with a proposal to extend an existing income-tested subsidy for low-income families to a "universal" subsidy such as one used in Sweden, where all families pay no more than 3 per cent of their incomes for after-school care.

Current costs of after-school care range from $30 to $90 a week, or from 3.5 to 10.5 per cent of the average wage.

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