New modelling shows parents would save hundreds if PPL cash goes to childcare

Latest News | Jan 24, 2015

CASH-strapped working families would save hundreds of dollars a month if the federal government diverted $1.5 billion from its paid parental leave scheme and put the money into childcare subsidies.

New modelling obtained by News Corp Australia shows working mums and dads could save between 18 and 32 per cent on their soaring childcare bills, if Tony Abbott accepted the draft recommendation of the Productivity Commission and invests in childcare rather than a generous paid parental leave scheme.

The modelling, by lobby group The Parenthood, will put further pressure on the government to reprioritise spending on childcare as it develops its families’ package and a new PPL scheme in the lead up to this year’s federal budget.