Monday, 12 May 2014

Labour’s childcare plans will help tackle the cost of living crisis and make work pay

New figures out this week show that Labour's childcare plans to extend free childcare provision could help 135,000 more mums get back to work, or work extra hours, and benefit nearly half a million three and four year-olds and their families.

Childcare is a big part of the cost-of-living crisis families are facing, which is why it is such an important part of Labour’s Cost of Living Contract – 10 concrete ways the next Labour Government will help hardworking British families.

Families have been hit hard by the soaring cost of childcare, which is up 30 per cent since 2010 – five times faster than wages. At the same time, there are fewer childcare places available and families have seen the support they relied on to help make childcare affordable reduced. Government figures show that more than half of mothers currently not in work would prefer to be in paid employment if they could arrange convenient, affordable and good-quality childcare. Nearly a quarter of employed mothers would increase their working hours if they could arrange such childcare.

Labour’s plans to extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents with three and four-year-olds will be a boost for working mums and dads. 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. 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.

In this constituency many three and four year olds and their families will benefit from the extension of free childcare and it will help mums get back to work or work more hours - real help for a real problem.

Hardworking British families are worse off month after month, year after year. Since David Cameron entered Downing Street working people are worse off by on average £1,600 a yea - a record on falling living standards that no other government can match. David Cameron says that Britain is better off but for hardworking families things are getting worse.

Hardworking families will be better off with Labour. Labour knows the cost-of-living crisis is real and we understand how important help with childcare is to lightening the load.