I am delighted to welcome Labour’s childcare plans which will seek to help the cost-of-living crisis by enabling 135,000 mums to return to work or work more hours.
Cameron’s government has cut support for children and families by £15bn since they came into power. Families that are already struggling to cope with the increase in living costs are finding it extremely difficult and now need help with their childcare costs.
Childcare is one of the main barriers that prevents many mums to return to work once they’ve had a baby. The increasing cost of childcare often results in mums having to stay home to look after their baby and/or children. Labour’s new plans will seek to elevate this issue by extending free childcare for working parents with three and four year olds.
I fully support Labour’s childcare plans for 25 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, increasing the 15 hours to 25 hours per week. This will enable parents to work more hours and mothers will be able to return to work without having to pay extra for childcare.
Labour’s introduction of the primary childcare guarantee will mean all parents of primary school children will be guaranteed childcare, which will be made available through their primary school from 8am to 6pm, providing much-needed flexibility to working parents. These plans will funded by the increased Bank Levy.
Labour pledges to help parents back to work and make work pay, by offering mothers the assistance to get back into work without the additional worry of childcare costs or arranging good quality childcare. Labour understands childcare is a key cause of the cost of living crisis and I’m pleased these bold policies will make a difference to hard pressed mums and dads.
I will continue to support Labour’s primary childcare guarantee and childcare plans for 25 hours of free childcare.