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Call for more parental leave

THE Government has been warned against giving tax relief as a way of helping struggling parents fund childcare.

A new report on improving childcare provision - which also recommends six months' paid parental leave in the first year of a child's life - warns that direct child-care subsidies are the better way to improve services.

The report is compiled by senior officials from eight government departments, including all those involved in children and family issues.