Monday 28 September 2020 / 8:33 AM Childcare / Tulip Siddiq

Labour attacks government failure to deliver childcare support to those who need it

Tulip Siddiq, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, has accused the Government of serial incompetence in delivering childcare support to working families.

Data from HMRC published earlier this year found that only one in six parents who were eligible to access support through tax-free childcare have done so, with the government failing to build public understanding of the policy, leaving many families unable to access support that they are entitled to.

Now, new data from the Department for Education, revealed by a Written Parliamentary Question tabled by Tulip Siddiq, has laid bare the extent of the government’s failure to deliver. The new figures reveal that in the last three years there was an underspend of £1.7 billion on tax-free childcare, which could have supported families with childcare costs if the government had ensured that the public were aware of the scheme and how to use it.

The Government plans to spend a further £2.1 billion on the scheme, but still have no credible plan for ensuring that every family eligible for the support benefits from it.

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, said:

“This incompetent Government is completely failing to deliver support working parents with childcare at a time when they need it most.

“With around half of parents struggling to access childcare and the sector on the brink of collapse, it beggars belief that Ministers have repeatedly failed to get support to every family who needs it.”