Under David Cameron the cost of a part-time nursery place has soared by 32 per cent in the South East. On mothers’ day, Labour is highlighting the threat of five more years of the Tories, which if the current trend continues, could see families in the South East forking out £169.35 a week on average for part-time childcare by 2020.
Even after the introduction of tax-free childcare scheme, this means families could be paying over £500 more a year in 2020 for this type of childcare than they do now.
Labour has a better plan for working families - we would extend the amount of free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds to 25 hours a week, in addition to tax-free childcare, giving parents the peace of mind.
Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture Secretary, said:
“The Tory plan is failing working families. Under David Cameron childcare has soared by 36 per cent – more than six times faster than wages – and five more years of the Tories would see families hit with even higher costs, whilst childcare places continue to plummet and even more Sure Start centres under threat.
“Labour has a better plan for working families. In contrast to the Government which has done nothing to support families over the past four years, Labour will extend free childcare for working parents with three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours per week - worth £1,500 per child, and in addition to tax-free childcare. We will also tackle the shortage of childcare places delivering at least 50,000 more childcare places by doubling the number available at Sure Start centres.”