Half of single parents borrow to pay childcare costs, says charity

Gingerbread says many single-parent families under severe financial pressure, not helped by reduction in tax credit support

Almost half of single parents in the UK have been forced to borrow money from family, friends or lenders to pay for childcare costs over the past two years, according to a study by the charity Gingerbread.

The group, which works with one-parent families, cited factors such as above-inflation rises in childcare costs and insecure and low-paid jobs as reasons for 47% of respondents having borrowed to pay for childcare.

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