Save the Children: New plans will help make work pay

Sally Copley, Save the Children's head of poverty, responds to the government's announcement that it will expand childcare payments to an extra 80,000 families:

"Today's announcement of extra funds for childcare support for parents working part time is very welcome news for thousands of the poorest parents struggling to make work pay.

"It shows the government is listening to parents who – as our recent survey showed – are struggling with some of the most expensive childcare costs in the world, and in particular, with the cut to support for childcare costs which the government made in April.

"Whilst today's announcement is good news, it is still vital that the government looks to increase its investment in childcare support for all low income working families – part and full time – to ensure that childcare costs do not lock parents and children below the poverty line."