Nannies are not just for the wealthy, employment experts have said, as they face exclusion from Rishi Sunak’s free childcare scheme.
The Prime Minister’s flagship policy will offer working parents of two-year-olds 15 hours of care a week from April, while those with children up to the age of four will receive 30 hours a week.
However, the scheme has come under criticism in recent days amid reports that a staffing crisis in the nursery sector, as well as delays to funding packages, risk jeopardising the rollout.
It has now emerged that amid the recruitment crisis, a loophole in the scheme means families who employ nannies could be excluded.
After a century this really is what it hsa come to. The demand that, really now, government should solve the servant problem.
Now yes, I grasp the idea that two families sharing a Nanny over 5 or 6 kids, say, could/would be cheaper than childcare. Partly because they’d be using a house already paid for for other reasons, not dedicated premises. And there are tax wedge issues and so on.
But still. ‘Tis a demand that tax money be used to solve the servant problem, no?