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Urgent Action Needed in Budget on Childcare Cost Crisis, says Chris Oxlade

Labour’s Chris Oxlade has called for the Conservative-led Government to introduce 25 hours of free childcare for parents of three and four year olds as part of next week’s/this week’s budget.

The move would save working families over £1500 a year and allow them to concentrate on the benefits of working rather than the sky high costs of quality childcare.

Chris Oxlade, the parliamentary candidate in Crawley, says the coalition Government needs to follow Labour’s lead and introduce the change now to help families deal with the cost of living crisis.

Chris said: “Childcare is the issue that keeps coming up on the doorstep but the Government is failing to help families.

The Labour Party has pledged to introduce guaranteed wraparound childcare places before and after school for primary school children, the party would also introduce 10 extra hours of free childcare provision for working parents of three and four year olds, this would be paid for by an increase in the Bank levy.

The fifteen free hours available to all three and four year olds would remain in place as well as the 15 hour offer for the 20% most disadvantaged of two year olds. 

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