Britain has some of the highest childcare costs in the developed world despite also having some of the highest levels of subsidy.
I recall the stepdaughter doing a bit of local childminding when her kids were first born. You\’ve already got one or two kids in the house, you\’re going to kiddie proof it anyway. Why not have one (hey, why not, perhaps two?) others in as well for a bit of cash?
She\’s a qualified nursery nurse anyway.
And the rules just kept getting tighter and tighter. The costs kept on going up. Inspections and registrations and….she stopped. Driven out of business by regulation and bureaucracy.
That\’s how you end up with both high child care costs and also high subsidy. By deliberately making cheap methods of providing child care expensive.
Well done to New Labour there, very well done indeed.