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Kath Pinnock: the benefits of free childcare will be wiped out by Tory cuts

Baroness Pinnock
Baroness Pinnock

The gains of free childcare for low income families will be wiped out by Government cuts to tax credits and other benefits warn the Liberal Democrats.

Changes in the Childcare Bill, which was in Committee Stage in the House of Lords yesterday, will be limited in impact by Government cuts and Liberal Democrat Peers tabled amendments to counteract this, and to expand the current system.

The Liberal Democrats amendments, tabled by Children’s Spokesperson Kath Pinnock, will expand free childcare to children between 1 and 2 years, and insist on a review of the impacts of the entirety of the Government’s changes on lower income families.

Liberal Democrats have made dramatic improvements in this area since 2010, extending free childcare for three and four-year olds to 15 hours a week and introducing it for 40% of two-year olds.

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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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