Tuesday 13 March 2018 / 7:18 PM Angela Rayner / Childcare

Theresa May has neither a majority nor a mandate for abolishing childcare vouchers – Angela Rayner

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the Government’s announcement that the childcare vouchers scheme will be kept open for another six months, said:

“Due to Labour’s pressure today, the Conservatives have now been forced to delay closing the childcare vouchers scheme for at least another six months.

“Theresa May clearly now has neither a majority nor a mandate for abolishing childcare vouchers and they must be bring any final decision back to Parliament for a meaningful vote.

“Tory and DUP MPs may have forced through changes that will hit the poorest families the hardest, but Labour will continue fighting for decent childcare and opposing the Tories’ decision to deny free school meals to up to a million of England’s most deprived children.

“The next Labour government will extend childcare provision and provide free school meals for all primary school children.”