Labour warn of childcare funding cuts
FREE childcare for three and four year-olds is facing funding cuts at 85 per cent of local authorities, Labour has warned.
The party said figures reveal spending to provide 30 hours’ free childcare would suffer widespread falls this financial year.
And of those affected, it said councils covering 19 of the 20 most deprived areas will see a reduction.
The Tories pledge 30 hours of free childcare for pre-school children from the age of three.
But Labour says cuts at 127 local authorities mean the scheme fails both parents and providers such as nurseries.
Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, said: “The fact funding will be cut in the most deprived areas in England means the Government simply will not make the investment necessary to help children reach their full potential.”
Labour’s figures came from the House of Commons Library.
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FEARS Angela Rayner