Urgent Question: Government’s 30 hours of childcare pledge unravels

September 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm / by

Childcare Entitlement

I recently had the privilege to serve as Shadow Minister for Early Years – Labour’s frontbench spokesperson on the issue. Throughout my tenure, I consistently raised the funding challenges facing nurseries across the country.

I warned that a toxic combination of pressures – such as increased business rates, running costs and the Government’s underfunding of the 30hour childcare entitlement – would lead to nursery closures.

So it has proved, and today in Parliament, Labour was granted an Urgent Question on the launch of the 30 hours entitlement. I asked the Minister what actions he is taking to prevent further closures.

You can watch my contribution here and below: