The pandemic has changed the way lots of us work, but it has had a disproportionate impact on women. In September, 41% of working mums with children under 10 said they couldn’t get – or were unsure whether they would get – enough childcare to cover the hours they needed for work, according to the TUC. 52% of non-working mothers advised that if they could access suitable childcare then they would work – everyone should have the choice, and better access to childcare would make this a reality.
As the pandemic has led many more people to work from home, childcare responsibilities have still largely fallen on women, some of whom are working full time while looking after children full-time too. As a result, recent data shows that 67% of women with children are likely to quit their job because they can’t balance childcare and work – compared to just 16% of fathers.
So today I pressed the Minister on what the Government is doing to reset this imbalance, and improve access to childcare.