04.01.2023 / 02:59
BBC host Alex Jones shakes head in disbelief as she brands UK childcare costs 'ridiculous'
Alex Jones, 45, was left shaking her head in total disbelief as one viewer got in touch about the shockingly huge costs of their childcare on The One Show tonight.The BBC host admitted she felt the price was “ridiculous” after reports that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, 42, has come under fire for shelving huge childcare reforms. The One Show kicked off the New Year with an exciting line-up of guests tonight, including Karren Brady and Tim Campbell, who will return to our screens tomorrow evening for a new season of The Apprentice. Also joining them on the sofa were Katie Griffiths and Adam Thomas, who appeared tonight in the brand new reboot of popular school-based soap Waterloo Road. A number of viewers called in to the show to thank the Waterloo Road cast for bringing light to important issues, including pressures caused by the Cost of Living crisis.Alex was even momentarily stunned when one viewer shared their own experience with those in the studio. READ MORE: “Jane on Twitter says, ‘Thank you so much for highlighting the pressure on working parents and the costs,” the presenter told Katie and Adam as she read from her tablet.“‘Our childcare is double the cost of our mortgage,” she added, eliciting gasps from her guests on the green sofa. “Thank you Jane for getting in touch,” Alex continued, before shaking her head in disbelief and adding: “It’s ridiculous.”Alex shares three children with her husband Charlie Thompson: Teddy, five, Kit, three and daughter Annie, one.The Prime Minister is said to have ditched his predecessor Liz Truss's idea for game-changing childcare reforms. The plans were reportedly set to include increasing free childcare support by 20 hours a week and scrapping staff to child ratios.He has since