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Two in five working mothers with children under 10 in Britain are struggling to find the childcare they need, as breakfast and after-school clubs remain shut and care from friends and family remains limited, according to a survey for the TUC.

The lack of access to childcare has resulted in a crisis that risks turning the clock back on decades of labour market progress, warned Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress.

She said:


Women workers have borne the brunt of this crisis – both on the frontline and at home.

But this can’t go on. If we don’t take this childcare crisis seriously, women will be pushed out of the workforce.

The ICM survey found that 41% of working mothers with children under 10 cannot get, or are unsure whether they will get, enough childcare to cover the hours they need from this month.

Nearly half (45%) said they do not have their usual help from friends and family, while 35% said they cannot get places at after-school clubs and 28% have lost childcare provided by school breakfast clubs. The same proportion (28%) do not have their usual nursery or childminder available.














































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Italian vaccine manufacturers are scrambling to produce millions of flu vaccination doses amid concern there will not be enough to meet demand this autumn and winter.

The country’s 20 regional authorities have so far ordered 17m doses between them – almost 50% more than in 2019 – as they seek to prevent the country’s health services from becoming overwhelmed in the event of a serious resurgence of Covid-19.

Vaccinations will be offered free of charge to children, people over the age of 60 (recently reduced from 65), health workers and those with underlying health conditions. The health ministry will launch an information campaign on 1 October in an attempt to boost coverage of an immunisation that is usually taken up by about 53% of the population each year:



















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In Australia, education experts are warning that schools will need to be specially equipped to help students stranded overseas to catch up on missed classes when they return, as trapped Australian children contemplate repeating a grade.

The alarm has been echoed by federal opposition’s education spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, with the Australian Education Union also warning that schools in general are under-resourced to support Covid-19-affected student learning.

On Wednesday, updated government statistics showed 23,000 Australians overseas wanted to return home but cannot, as the foreign minister, Marise Payne, acknowledged Australia’s strict international arrival caps “are making it harder” for them to do so.

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The number of Australians who registered their intention with the government has increased by 5,000 over a fortnight:





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