Tulip Siddiq on IFS Report on Childcare
Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing that many childcare providers face big financial problems as a result of the pandemic, said:
“Coronavirus has delivered a hammer blow to a childcare sector that was already on its knees after years of underfunding by the Government.
“This government’s incompetence has left us on the verge of losing many thousands of childcare places – an outcome that would be devastating for many working families and the children whose life chances are shaped by early education.
“Labour has been arguing for targeted support to save sectors like childcare that have been worst hit in this pandemic. Ministers must not allow nurseries, childminders and the families that rely on them to pay the price for their serial incompetence and failure to support essential services.”