Labour will tomorrow table a vote in the House of Commons to protect the current childcare ratios. While the Deputy Prime Minister said that the changes will not go ahead last Wednesday, both Andrew Lansley in Parliament and a No 10 spokesperson refused to confirm that this was the case, both saying no decision had been taken. The Government needs to end this confusion which has been worrying parents and childcare providers.
Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Children and Families Minister, said:
“Ministers have no credible plan to solve Cameron’s childcare crisis. The one plan they did have would have put quality and safety at risk, and there was no evidence it would have made childcare cheaper.
“We want to ensure that David Cameron and Michael Gove are prevented from making these potentially damaging changes, which they haven’t ruled out in spite of last week’s announcement from the Deputy Prime Minister.
“If Nick Clegg is serious about blocking Liz Truss’s reforms, he should lead his MPs in joining Labour in voting for measures to protect child safety. We need action not warm words.”
The House of Commons will debate the remaining stages of the Children and Families Bill on Tuesday. Labour has tabled New Clauses 6 and 7, which would have the effect of protecting the current ratios by transferring them from statutory guidance to primary legislation.