Improving workplace inclusion for women by providing in-house childcare at an affordable rate so that more women can stay at work, more businesses can retain valuable staff, and governments can save on welfare benefits.

Too many women are leaving the workforce because of the exorbitant cost of childcare. The cost to the country in terms of lost productivity is huge. If businesses were given tax breaks or other incentives to establish in-house childcare centres for their employees and deducted childcare fees at a lower rate than commercial childcare centres more women would have the opportunity to continue working. Not every type of business would be able to do this but many city-based medium and large businesses would qualify. It might be worthwhile to check if and how this is handled in Scandinavian countries which, by and large, seem more willing to improve numbers of women in the workplace.

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