Web links for 27th April 2011
Between 2003 and 2007 the UK substantially "strengthened its position as one of the biggest investors in families in the OECD." And between 1995 and 2005, child poverty "fell more than in any other OECD country." Now, "social protection spending on families – particularly via family service provisions, as a longer-term solution to poverty risks – needs to be protected." In particular, cuts to childcare would make it more difficult to make work pay for low income families. This is already a problem: before childcare costs, the cost of entering paid work for a family's second earner is below the OECD average; after childcare costs, it is +above+ the average.