Sarah Cattan
Sarah Cattan
Senior Research Economist

Sarah joined the IFS in September 2012 and works as a Senior Research Economist in the Skills Sector.

Her research interests are in the Economics of Labor Markets and Human Capital. She has worked on the role of psychological traits in explaining the gender wage gap, and the influence of siblings on teenage substance use. She is currently involved in various projects relating to the economic benefits of education, the impact of early skills on later outcomes, and the evaluation of early childhood programmes.


No new money, yet more generous support for childcare

| Observations

The Government has today announced more details on its new Tax Free Childcare scheme and the way in which childcare will be supported in Universal Credit. The announcement means that the planned system will be significantly more generous than initially envisaged, providing support to children aged up to 12 straight away, will provide a higher level of support, and will provide more generous support for childcare in Universal Credit. Yet the Treasury has not increased its estimate of the total cost, as it has revised down considerably its estimate of how many families will benefit.

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