Most local authorities in England and Wales are failing to provide enough childcare for working parents, a charity warned today.
Just one in five councils have enough childcare for parents with children under two and one in three for school age children, the Daycare Trust and Family and Parenting Institute said.
The trust also pointed out that just one in seven have enough provision for disabled children - a figure which has not improved in five years.
Chief executive Anand Shukla said: "Local authorities have a legal duty to ensure a sufficient supply of childcare in their areas, but no doubt their failure to do so is linked to the tight financial squeeze they find themselves in with ever more austere funding settlements.
"Only the government can address this situation by investing more in providing support for parents."