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Labour under pressure to say whether it would keep free hours childcare system

Labour under pressure to say whether it would keep free hours childcare system

Labour under pressure to say whether it would keep free hours childcare system
Apr 01, 2024 1 min, 0 secs

Labour is under pressure to clarify whether it would keep the government’s free hours childcare system, after the party refused to commit to the plan beyond the next election.

A shadow cabinet minister said on Monday that Labour “will not reduce” the number of free childcare hours parents were entitled to in England if it entered government.

But a Labour spokesperson told the Guardian that while the party would not cut back any of the entitlements already introduced, it had not made any commitments about its offer after the election.

The shadow minister Nick Thomas-Symonds told Times Radio that morning: “The entitlement that parents have been promised, we will not reduce if we are privileged to form the next Labour government.

In a letter to Phillipson and the shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, Keegan said: “Parents have told me that they are now uncertain whether they should go back to work, grow their families, or take a promotion, because they don’t know if they will still have this childcare provision.

“Will the Labour party commit to supporting our policy of giving working parents 30 hours free childcare a week from when their child is nine months old to when they start school?

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