William Eichler 31 March 2016

Next London mayor should support working single parents

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The next mayor of London should help single parents by supporting measures designed to pay the deposits of nurseries and childminders, charity says.

Gingerbread, a charity for single parents, is calling for the mayoral candidates to back Upfront: a childcare deposit guarantee.

This would involve the Greater London Authority (GLA) paying the deposits nurseries and childminders typically require.

The charity argues the cost of pre-school childcare is barring around 50% of the 320,000 single parents in the capital from going to work.

Upfront would allow parents to arrange for childcare ahead of their first pay cheque.

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