After the release of an Australia Institute report that shows more than one in three families are struggling with the cost of childcare, the Greens are calling for direct funding to childcare centres to easing cost of living pressure on parents.
“The fact that so many families are struggling to pay for childcare is a problem that cannot be ignored,” the Greens’ childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“Breaking the childcare debt cycle with direct payments to childcare centres is a simple step that will go a long way to helping ease the cost of living pressures being felt by Australian families.
“Labor have made two announcements regarding childcare in the last three days, but haven’t offered anything to ease the cost burden on families.
“While Prime Minster Gillard often says that she recognises the cost of childcare is a significant pressure on Australian households, very little is being done to help them.
“Many parents are paying very high fees upfront and then waiting weeks, and sometimes months, for the childcare rebate to be delivered to their accounts.
“Direct payments to childcare centres would remove that burden from families and effectively keep fees down at the same time.
“I call on the Prime Minister to listen to the Greens as well as the many parents and industry representatives who support this move by implementing it as soon as possible.”
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