Westminster’s Labour Councillors have welcomed Ed Miliband’s plans for 25 hours free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds which could help hundreds of local mothers get back to work or work extra hours.
Labour will also give a legal guarantee to parents with primary-aged children that they can access before and after-school childcare through their school.
Childcare is a big part of the cost-of-living crisis. Families have been hit hard by the soaring cost of childcare which is up 30 per cent since 2010 – five times faster than wages.
Queen’s Park Labour Councillor Barrie Taylor said;
“Increased help with childcare is good for the local economy and for families. Labour’s plans to extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents with three and four-year-olds will make a real difference and help hundreds of local mothers who are shut out of the labour market or prevented from working the hours they want by high childcare costs. Worth £1,500 per child and paid for by an increase in the bank levy, Labour’s plans will help tackle the cost-of-living crisis and make work pay. In addition, Labour will offer a legal guarantee of access to wraparound childcare for primary school children through their school from 8am to 6pm.”
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