Wednesday 26 February 2020 / 11:28 AM Childcare

New survey shows Government’s failure to provide free and affordable childcare – Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Early Years, commenting on Coram Family and Childcare’s annual childcare survey, said:                     

“The Government’s failure to provide enough free and affordable childcare is making it more difficult for some parents to work and locking women out of the labour market, as costs surge twice as fast as inflation.

“It is deeply concerning that there are still not enough childcare places in over half of local authorities. Parents are struggling to get the childcare they need, and they face a ‘postcode lottery’ with the availability and cost. 

“Families are paying the price for the Tories’ chronic underfunding of early years. The Government must increase the amount of free childcare available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours, and ensure that any additional childcare hours are genuinely affordable.”