Here is an update on the free day care service that Seoul was offering that like many government programs are promises that do not have the funding to back them up:
The heads of 24 out of Seoul’s 25 district offices announced yesterday they can’t afford to expand day care for poorer kids next year, as the city government has planned, and will not do so out of their budgets.
“Unless the government increases its support, we will not be able to cover the additional expense of 93 billion won [$85.4 million] in next year’s budgets for child care,” declared the district offices in a joint statement at a press conference at City Hall in central Seoul.
The only district that didn’t join the group was wealthy Gangnam.
The districts have been bleeding money from the welfare program ever since free day care was offered for toddlers under 24 months from all families in March. The budget strain was so much that in September, they excluded from the program families from the top 30 percent of income groups. [Joong Ang Ilbo]
You can read the rest at the link, but it just makes me wonder how many people are using the free day care service just to get a break from their kid and not using it as day care to go to work?