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Labour Launches Plan to Tackle Childcare Cost of Living Crisis for Working Families

  • Labour MP Toby Perkins 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 Chesterfield are set to benefit from new measures by Labour to ease the cost of living crisis. Childcare is one of the most expensive costs for working parents with families in the East Midlands paying up to 4.4% more under this government for childcare. For some families paying for childcare can be as much as having a second mortgage and childcare costs can be a major barrier to getting into work and making ends meet.

Labour’s plans, welcomed by Toby, Labour MP for Chesterfield, would introduce a guaranteed wrap around childcare place before and after school for primary school children benefitting up to 36,250 East Midlands children and their families.

Ten extra hours free childcare provision for working parents of three and four year old will also be introduced, paid for by an increase in the Bank levy.

blue woodFor 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.

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 fifteen 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 of two year olds.

Toby Perkins said: “Families in Chesterfield are facing a cost of living crisis of David Cameron’s making. Whilst millionaires are getting tax breaks people here are suffering. Childcare is a key cause of the cost of living crisis for working parents and I’m pleased Labour have pledged to introduce these bold policies to make a difference to hard pressed mums and dads. 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.”

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