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Cornwall's Big Nursery Bills

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10:44am 10th October 2014
(Updated 10:44am 10th October 2014)

Revealed: the true cost of childcare in Cornwall.

Figures seen by Pirate FM show the average weekly bill* to put a child in nursery is around 97 pounds for under twos.

In some parts of the Duchy, parents are paying 135 pounds.

The cheapest was 61 pounds.

Stacie Tresidder from Truro has two children under three: "It's really hard, it's really difficult to work out where's feasible to work, for how many hours to work, as well as paying for the nursery costs but without grandparents, there'd be absolutely no way.

"They go for two mornings at the moment and that's all we can afford. If we had jobs where we needed childcare on a Saturday or a Sunday, we couldn't get involved. There's only childcare available weekdays as well so you're in-between a rock and a hard place."

Bodmin mum Toni also admits it is a struggle: "I think it's hard for younger parents or couples because you can't afford the childcare; you just simply can't afford it. Even if both of you are working, it's still so expensive. People need more help with it, especially down in Cornwall where wages are just not very good."

Don Gardner runs the Camborne, Pool and Redruth Foodbank.

He said: "I had a man the other day whose choice was to pay for childcare or to buy food, we found that he was actually only eating every other day, so that he could afford to feed his children and send them to childcare, and he and his wife were both working.

"If they are on minimum wage or low paid jobs, then both parents need to work because mortgages are expensive, rent is expensive, living costs in Cornwall are very expensive, and childcare is the straw that breaks the camel's back sometimes."

*Average is based on 25 hours per week.

10:44am 10th October 2014

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