Ahead of the 2017 Autumn Statement, Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined Labour’s campaign to demand that the Chancellor delivers the funds needed to ensure childcare providers avoid closure and are able to meet the demands of 30 hours free childcare per week.
Hundreds of nurseries are at risk of closure across the country as a result of the Government’s plans.
The Government’s new Early Years Funding formula leaves over one quarter of local authorities facing a reduction in funding and many others still unable to meet rising costs that result from expanded childcare places. Nurseries are facing a crisis.
Childcare professionals, local authorities, and parents have been clear that fair and proper funding will be necessary to ensure the 30 hours pledge is not another broken promise. Justin is joining them by demanding that the Government provides the funding and keeps its promises to parents and teachers across the country.
“The Government must keep its promise to millions of parents and childcare professionals across the country by offering a fair funding system, in which they would offer 30 hours free childcare per week.
“I’ve spoken with local nurseries and listened to their concerns. As things stand, the Government’s funding plans will leave our vital Early Years providers on the brink. In the Autumn Statement, the Government must deliver the funding to ensure the 30 hours pledge is kept and to ensure the long term future of childcare providers across the country.”