“This morning l have been responding to a report showing that nearly a fifth of parents quit jobs because of childcare costs. Since 2010, childcare costs have risen at double the rate of wages, and it is clear the Tories are failing to provide the high-quality, affordable care needed by parents across the country.
Families on the lowest income have been excluded from the government’s main free childcare programme and once again they are paying the highest price for Ministers’ refusal to invest in services.
The next Labour government will transform childcare provision, offering 30 hours of high quality pre-school care a week to all 2-4 year olds in England, as part of our National Education Service. The cost of childcare has skyrocketed under this Tory Government, showing they are failing to deliver affordable, sustainable childcare for families across the country.
At the same time wages have stagnated and risen at half the rate of childcare costs, making it harder for working families to make ends meet. The next Labour government will give a fully-funded offer of 30 hours of free childcare to every 2-4 year old in England as we build a country that works for the many, not the few”.
October 28th 2019