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