Thursday, 20 February 2014

DAVID CAMERON’S CHILDCARE CRUNCH IS HITTING PARENTS AND HOLDING OUR ECONOMY BACK

There is more evidence that the cost of childcare is adding to David Cameron’s cost of living crisis and acting as a drag on our economy.

According to a new study around two-thirds of mothers say the cost of childcare is an obstacle to them working more.

Families facing a cost of living crisis are struggling to cope with soaring childcare costs - up 30 per cent under the Tories and five times faster than wages. As well as a squeeze on places, there are hundreds fewer Sure Start Centres thanks to David Cameron.

This childcare crunch has gone on long enough. But David Cameron is completely out-of-touch and cannot see that childcare is adding to the cost of living crisis that parents are facing. He has no plan to support parents with the rising costs or poor availability of childcare in this Parliament.

Labour would extend free early education for three and four year olds with parents in work from 15 to 25 hours, worth £1,500 per child. We would also tackle availability of before and after school childcare by introducing a primary childcare guarantee to help parents.