Friday, 9 May 2014

Labour’s Plans Will Help 135,000 Mums Back to Work

Families in Haslingden and Hyndburn tell me time and again how much childcare costs eat into the family budget. For many it’s difficult to make ends meet.

Families hit by a cost-of-living crisis are seeing wages fall as prices rise. Childcare costs have soared 30 per-cent under David Cameron. With childcare costs in the North West up 46% for nursery care, 29% for childminder care and 48% for after-school care since 2010. At the same time, childcare places have fallen by 8,173 in the region and Ministers have cut support to help make childcare affordable through tax credits for 10,800 families.

Childcare is a key barrier to enabling many mums back to work after they’ve had a baby. Sky-high childcare costs mean work doesn’t pay and mums that want to work more hours can’t afford to.

Labour understands this problem. That’s why our plans to extend free childcare for working mums and dads with three and four year olds has been such a hit across Haslingden and Hyndburn. Parents tell me this will make a real difference.

Mums in Haslingden and Hyndburn could be helped back into work or to work the hours they want in the North West thanks to Labour’s childcare pledge. A parent could work part time for the first time without having to worry about childcare costs. Worth £1500 per child this will help boost the economy and help make work pay. 56,600 children across the region will benefit.

Labour will also introduce a primary childcare guarantee to help parents manage the logistical nightmare of organising before and after school care.

Hard-working parents in Haslingden and Hyndburn will be better off with Labour. We’ll tackle Cameron’s childcare crunch and help make a difference for parents.