Kath Pinnock: Childcare Bill must focus on impact on children’s lives (via Lib Dem Voice)

Baroness Pinnock
Baroness Pinnock

Lib Dem Voice covered Liberal Democrat Children’s Spokesperson Kath Pinnock’s speech on the Second Reading of the Childcare Bill: 

My Lords, of course we welcome the basis of this Bill – the additional 15 hours a week free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds whose families are in work. However, the devil is in the detail of this particular offer and I have 4 broad areas of concern:

Funding – there must be sufficient allocated to cover costs for a high quality offer.

Flexibility – to really help working families there must be flexibility built in to the offer.

Focus – of any childcare provision must be primarily for the benefit of the child.

Fairness – this provision must be of equal benefit to low income as to higher income families.

The full article, and speech, are available at Lib Dem Voice


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