Wednesday, 18 February 2015

BETTER CHILDCARE IS KEY TO LABOUR’S PLAN TO HELP WORKING FAMILIES SUCCEED

At the heart of Labour’s plan is the belief that Britain succeeds when working families succeed.

Families today are frustrated with a childcare system that hasn’t caught up with the realities of modern life, with parents increasingly struggling to balance the demands of work and family at a time when they are facing a cost of living crisis.

David Cameron has failed to give working families the support they need, with families £1,127 worse off on average as a result of tax and benefit reforms introduced by his government.

The next Labour government will help families cope with the pressures of juggling work and care in modern life today; tackling the shortage of childcare places by doubling the number available at Sure Start - at least 50,000 more – and support for new dads through a doubling of paternity leave and an increase in paternity pay.

The Tories’ plan is failing working families because they chose to prioritise helping a few at the top. They just don’t understand that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed.