Miliband attacks childcare costs

Press Association

The average cost of a nursery place has risen 30% under the coalition Government - nearly five times the rate of average wages, Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to say today.

Mr Miliband will draw attention to the "childcare crunch" at a speech by pointing out that the average cost of a weekly nursery place for a child aged two or over for 25 hours a week has gone up to £107 in 2013, from £82 in 2010.