Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour’s Shadow Children’s Minister, commenting ahead of an announcement by Liz Truss on childcare funding said:
“While funding for childcare for two year olds – started by Labour in 2009 - is welcome, this announcement won’t do enough to help families with children who are being hammered by this Government, with a triple whammy of higher childcare costs, less support through tax credits and a shortage of childcare places.
“The funding being announced today is not additional money – it is simply being taken from existing budgets that pay for children’s centres. Parents won’t be fooled. In fact, the overall budget for Sure Start children’s centres is falling by over 40 per cent. It’s no wonder there are already 281 fewer children’s centres compared to 2010.
“Many Mums are unable to return to work because of high childcare costs, something the Government may make worse with its plans to deregulate childcare, which many fear could cause costs to rise and quality to fall.”