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Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour's Shadow Children's Minister, commenting on the report from London Councils and Daycare Trust on childcare costs in London, said:

"This Tory-led Government have hit parents with a triple whammy on childcare - higher fees, fewer places and less financial support.

"Unless they get a grip on the number of places, parents may struggle to find a place for their two year olds.

"Tory-led Bexley have already announced that hourly funding for childcare will be cut, and more Councils could follow.

"Come September there could be thousands of children in London who can't take up their entitlement to free childcare because Tory Ministers crossed their fingers and hoped for the best."

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