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Trying to have a childcare system like the French does not come for free, says Vidhya Alakeson
In last month's Budget, the Government unveiled its long-awaited childcare reforms.
Something about the current downturn has been puzzling economists: employment has remained higher than expected and unemployment less severe.
The question Treasury civil servants ask most often about spending more on childcare is whether or not it will result in more people working.
It's hard to remember a time in the past decade when childcare has been bigger political news, says Vidhya Alakeson.