Child­care wind­fall

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Pais­ley’s MSP Ge­orge Adam has wel­comed the First Min­is­ter’s prom­ise that child­care spend­ing will dou­ble to £840mil­lion a year.

The fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment is part of ef­forts to nearly dou­ble free child­care en­ti­tle­ment to 1,140 hours — around 30 hours per week — from Au­gust 2020.

It is ex­pected to save par­ents around £ 350 per child, per month.

Mr Adam said: “This ex­pan­sion of child­care and early learn­ing will help trans­form young peo­ple’s lives in Pais­ley.

“We know that some par­ents con­tinue to strug­gle with child­care costs to al­low them to work — and this ex­pan­sion will change that.

“De­liv­er­ing 30 hours a week of free child­care for every three and four- yearold in Scot­land, as well as el­i­gi­ble two-year-olds, will give chil­dren across Pais­ley the very best start in life and play a vi­tal role in our ef­forts to make Scot­land the best place in the world to grow up.

“The move will help par­ents back into work, as well as sav­ing them around £350 per child, per month, on child­care costs.

“This dou­bling of our in­vest­ment, from £420m to £840m every year by 2021-22 is ex­actly the kind of sup­port and pro­gres­sive ac­tion that the SNP gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to de­liver for Scot­land.”

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