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Stormont should find way of making childcare in Northern Ireland it less expensive, says Dromore couple struggling to make ends meet

Natalia and Glen Murray with their son Aidan
Natalia and Glen Murray with their son Aidan
Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

Dromore couple Natalia (38) and Glen Murray (36) have a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Aidan. Glen is an electrician and Natalia works full-time in finance. Childcare costs £563 a month. Natalia says:

"Aidan is in nursery full-time four days a week. I find the cost of childcare in Northern Ireland shocking. We've only one child so I suppose we're not too bad, but I feel sorry for people who have more kids.

"We struggle to make ends meet, unfortunately, and that can be really stressful for us.

"When he was a year-and-a-half I started working part-time, but everything I earned went on childcare so I had to go full-time to try and actually make some money.

"I think Stormont should look into the cost of childcare here and find some way of making it less expensive for hard-working families like mine. It would be good to have our voices heard for once."

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