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'Gaps' in council childcare provision

Fewer than one sixth of Scottish councils are providing enough childcare to meet the needs of working parents.

A study by the Family and Childcare Trust found wide gaps in provision, despite ministers pledging to make the issue a priority.

The report showed that 15% of local authorities in Scotland had enough childcare for parents who worked full-time, down from 23% when the survey was carried out in 2013.

The Scottish government said it had increased funding for childcare and placed a legal duty on councils to increase flexibility and choice.