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'Crossing fingers' on childcare

Save the Children has found that a quarter of parents on low incomes are unable to work because they cannot afford childcare. BBC Scotland spoke to one mother who has found difficulty in holding down employment.

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Joanne Brady hopes to retrain to get a better job

"In life things don't always work out as you'd want them to work out," said Joanne Brady.

"I was the unlucky one that was left with two kids to bring up on their own."

She is a single mother of two boys, aged two and four. They live in a rented flat in the Cardonald area of Glasgow.

Ms Brady would like to go back to study in order to get a better job, but has found the cost of childcare for two children to be prohibitive.

She said she would get roughly 600 in childcare benefit but the cost of nursery places for her boys would have been more than 1,000.

"It just wasn't accessible at all," she added.

"The rate of childcare is higher and higher but the money they're paying us for jobs isn't going together with it.

"I would love to go back to work but having a two-year-old and a four-year-old and a house to keep, there's no job unless I have a great big education behind me like a lawyer or a doctor that I could actually go and do in the first place."

She would like to see some action on keeping the cost of childcare and earnings more in step.

In the meantime, though, she said she would not be able to give her boys everything she would like to.

"I'm just going to cross my fingers and hopefully I can get back into education and I can actually get a job at the end of it."


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