Nick Clegg: Childcare support is a lifeline

Deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, announces extra money for working families:

"This will help an extra 80,000 families who have previously had no help at all with childcare costs. We all know how difficult it is sometimes to juggle family and work but this is really good news, especially for lone parents and mums up and down the country.

"I want to ensure that this coalition government is there for families of all shapes and sizes and help them with the difficult daily juggling act between family and work.

Childcare support is vitally important. It’s a lifeline for families up and down the country, particularly for mums who want to get back into work, maybe for just a few hours a week after they’ve had children."