10th June 2014
- Labour MP Jamie Reed MP pledges to tackle Cameron’s Childcare Crisis
- Labour announce plan for primary childcare guarantee and extension of free nursery hours for 3 and 4 year olds for working families
Children and families in Copeland would benefit from new Labour measures designed to ease the cost of living crisis. Childcare is one of the most expensive costs for working parents. For some families, paying for childcare can be as much as having a second mortgage, and childcare costs can cost a major barrier to getting into work and making ends meet.
Extending free nursery hours for three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours for working families means that parents can work part time for the first time without having to worry about the cost of childcare. The 15 free hours available to all three and four year olds remains in place as well as the 15 hour offer for the 20% most disadvantaged two year olds.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“The Government’s policies have forced many families into hardship. Families in West Cumbria are facing a cost of living crisis of David Cameron’s making. That is why Labour have pledged to introduce these bold policies to make a difference to hard pressed working parents. A Primary guarantee will make arranging quality before and after school care easier, and extending the free childcare offer from 15 to 25 hours will be worth over £1500 for parents of three and four year olds to help them pay their childcare bills.
“For many parents, arranging good quality, available childcare can be a logistical nightmare. Labour’s primary school childcare guarantee would put parents minds at rest, help them manage before and after school care to fit into the working day and give their children extra opportunities.
“In the North West alone, this could help 18,000 mums back in to employment or to work more hours. Mums and dads alike are unable to return to work due to the high cost of childcare which has risen by almost a third when real wages have risen by just 3% in the same period. The provisions announced by the Government are weak. They make no plans to help those families with younger children – that is why Labour’s plans go further and why parents will be better off under Labour.”