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Would more free childcare get more mothers into work?

If considered purely as a pro-employment policy, free childcare places are expensive and ineffective

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Article written by Mike Brewer, Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change

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The £117 per Hour Childcare Subsidy

The £117 per Hour Childcare Subsidy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

George Osborne was out and about, last week, talking up the government's plans to get more women into work, mostly by providing childcare incentives. He wants to get another 500,000 "stay-at-home" mothers into the workplace by the beginning of 2016, reportedly in order to match the female employment rate in Germany.

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Article mentions the findings of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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Taxpayers’ money spent on childcare is not wasted – it’s an investment

Taxpayers’ money spent on childcare is not wasted – it’s an investment | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Fifteen hours of free childcare a week might not allow mothers to return to work immediately — but it lets them know that the state respects and supports their intention to do so in future, writes Deborah Orr
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The article cites research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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X Factor over evidence: the failure of early years education

X Factor over evidence: the failure of early years education | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As free nursery places for three year olds fail to deliver lasting educational benefits, Dr Jo Blanden argues we need to see a sensible approach to early years policy.

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Article cites findings from ESRC's Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

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£6bn gap threatens childcare

£6bn gap threatens childcare | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A £6 billion spending gap in Alex Salmond's independence plans would "devastate" childcare provision in Scotland, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

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The article quotes figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives funding from the ESRC.

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PM to decline childcare tax break

PM to decline childcare tax break | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
David Cameron has revealed that he will not be taking advantage of the new tax break for childcare, worth up to £2,000 per child each year.
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Features comment on the scheme from the ESRC-funded Institute of Fiscal Studies.

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More childcare support needed for female entrepreneurs

More childcare support needed for female entrepreneurs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

More childcare support needed for female entrepreneurs to encourage enterprise and economic growth - Dr. Julia Rouse, Director of the Centre for Business and Society at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

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This article cites ESRC-funded research at the Centre for Business and Society and will be presented at the ESRC Festival of Social Science Event

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Flexcel Network's curator insight, November 6, 2014 10:03 PM

To date, enterprise policy has not been well integrated with childcare and maternity policies which simply don’t meet the needs of women wanting to launch a business. - That's the UK, but the US is no better.

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Childcare a barrier for female entrepeneurs

Childcare a barrier for female entrepeneurs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Women’s enterprise is being curbed by childcare responsibilities, says an entrepreneurship expert, who is calling for more funded childcare for the self-employed.
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Minister set to offer further £2 million of grants in bid to make Britain female employment capital of Europe 

Minister set to offer further £2 million of grants in bid to make Britain female employment capital of Europe  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Almost half a million women are expected to enter the labour market by the start of 2016 – largely thanks to government tax breaks.
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£66,000 for every mum lured back into work: Huge cost of childcare subsidy 

£66,000 for every mum lured back into work: Huge cost of childcare subsidy  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

It said the price of extra free nursery places for three-year-olds under the part-time pre-school places scheme will be £800 million this year.

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BBC Radio Scotland - The Investigation, 30/03/2014

BBC Radio Scotland - The Investigation, 30/03/2014 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
More children are eligible for expanded childcare. Has provision been sufficient?

Via Centre on Constitutional Change
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Craig McAngus from Stirling University who is part of The Future of the UK and Scotland team funded by the ESRC, looks at the issues of equality in this programme on childcare. 
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Centre on Constitutional Change's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:17 PM

Craig McAngus from our Stirling University team looking at issues of equality is interviewed in this programme on childcare.

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Doubts over firm running childcare scheme

Doubts over firm running childcare scheme | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A new scheme to help parents with the cost of childcare will be delivered with the help of the troubled outsourcing company Atos
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Article discusses the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), who 'questioned the Treasury's claim that the change would be cost-neutral'. The IFS receive funding from the ESRC.

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