Wednesday 31 January 2018 / 10:59 AM Education

The roll-out of tax free childcare has been a total shambles – Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin MP, Labour’s Shadow Early Years Minister, commenting on the compensation figures for parents failed by the Government’s Tax Free Childcare website due to ongoing technical issues, said:

“This is just the latest sign that the Tories are completely failing to deliver the affordable childcare that parents were promised.

“The roll-out of tax free childcare has been a total shambles with the Government missing their own target by over 90%. The expanded scheme has been delayed time and time again with an under-spend of nearly a billion pounds taken out of childcare entirely and returned to the Treasury.

“These figures reveal that hundreds of thousands of parents have been stuck on the Government’s helpline and thousands more driven to make formal complaints because of systemic failures.

“The next Labour government will introduce a fully funded entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare for all 2-4 year olds.”