Exclusive: Labour moves closer to promise for free childcare for all preschoolers
Andrew GriceLabour is moving towards a pledge to bring in universal state-funded childcare for preschool-age children if it regains power at the 2015 general election, The Independent can disclose.
Senior Labour figures say they want to include a “big offer” on childcare in its manifesto. Options include ensuring a children’s centre in every neighbourhood in an improved Sure Start programme, reversing cuts which have seen about 400 of the 3,000 centres close since the 2010 election.
Labour’s thinking will be heavily influenced by a study published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a think-tank with close links to the party. It argues that a huge expansion of childcare would pay for itself over time. Many mothers would go back to work if there were better affordable childcare. The IPPR calculates that attracting 280,000 back into the labour market would save almost £1.5bn in extra tax revenue and lower spending on benefits and tax credits.
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" Exclusive: Labour moves closer to promise for free childcare for all preschoolers", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2013. Consulté le 09/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/exclusive-labour-moves-closer-to-promise-for-free-childcare-for-all-preschoolers