Labour warn of child­care fund­ing cuts

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEIR MUDIE

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.

The clocks went bACK one hour at 2am to­day

FEARS An­gela Rayner

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