Nick Clegg has been attacked on live radio by a full-time mother who was angry at the government’s childcare reforms.
What do you think of the reforms – do you feel penalised because you have chosen to stay at home and give your children your time, committment and attention?
The Deputy Prime Minister was forced to defend the Coalition’s flagship new policy of subsidising childcare for parents who “work hard”.
Under the government’s plans, mothers and fathers who care for their children at home will not benefit from the new vouchers for childcare worth up to £1,200.
All families with combined earnings of up to £300,000 will be eligible for the scheme.
However, at the same time, ministers are cutting child benefit from families with one parent earning more than £50,000 and removing it altogether from those on salaries of more than £60,000.