“Tory plans for tax-free childcare are in disarray, with an uptake of less than eight per cent.
The flagship policy launched in 2013 was meant to help 415,000 parents by last month but only 30,000 signed up.
That means this year the Government has only spent £37million and saved £800million.
Budget documents out last week show next year’s spending forecast is being revised down by 90 per cent.
The low response is being blamed on ministers failing to give additional funding for nurseries and childminders. More than 500 wrote to Chancellor Philip Hammond before the Budget asking for more money – but in vain. …”