Number of stay-at-home mothers hits record low and is falling by 500 a day, raising fears that the government is forcing families to "outsource…

Number of stay-at-home mothers hits record low and is falling by 500 a day, raising fears that the Government is forcing families to 'outsource childcare'
Number of stay-at-home mums has fallen by 850,000 in the past 20 yearsBetween December 2011 and now, the number dropped by 500 per day

, when the number in work hit an all-time high of nearly 30million.

The British Chambers of Commerce said unemployment was likely to rise to 2.6million by next year. David Kern, its chief economist, said: ‘It is realistic to expect further increases if the private sector is able to only absorb some of the reductions in public sector employment.’

Employment Minister Mark Hoban said: ‘We will continue to give jobseekers all the help and support they need to realise their aspirations.’