Cost of Childcare Campaign


The cost of childcare has become a major issue for parents across London. 
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Under this out-of-touch Tory-led Government, childcare costs have risen by a staggering 30 percent. At the same time, there are 35,000 FEWER places and the Cameron-Clegg Government have cut financial support to help parents pay for childcare. Some families have suffered a loss of £1500 a year. 

In London the impact is particularly severe. Childcare costs are a major drag on the economy and on the ability of families to make work pay.

In London;

  • Childcare costs have risen by 19% in the last 12 months – five times faster than pay.
  • The average cost of a 25 hours nursery place in London is now over £130 a week.
  • As a direct result a quarter of parents are now prevented from going back to work or increasing their hours.

If our employment rate for mothers moved up to the average of the world’s top 5 nations, 320,000 more women would have jobs and tax receipts would rise by £1.7 billion. 

Hard pressed families need help with the costs of childcare right now. Yet while David Cameron and Nick Clegg have cut taxes for millionaires this year, they won’t provide any further support to help families with the costs of childcare until after 2015.

Labour’s pledge to extend free childcare provision from 15 to 25 hours for three and four year olds with parents in work will be a real boost for families struggling with the cost of living crisis. Worth £1500 per child per year this extension will boost employment, family finances and the exchequer.

Labour will;

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  • Introduce a ‘primary childcare guarantee’ giving all parents of primary school children the guarantee of childcare availability through their school from 8am-6pm.
  • Expand free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds from 15 to 25 hours per week for working parents – an increase in childcare support worth over £1,500 per child.  This package will be funded from an increased Bank Levy..

In London, 72,550 3-4 year olds will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare provision from 15 to 25 hours, saving parents £1500 for each child. 

"The rising cost of childcare is one of the biggest contributors to the cost of living crisis in London. Few families can keep up with prices rising five times faster than pay. Labour's primary childcare guarantee and free childcare for three and four year olds will improve the lives of thousands of parents across the capital."

Sadiq Khan - Shadow London Minister

 

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signed 2015-03-04 08:02:52 +0000
signed 2015-02-09 08:41:11 +0000
What about older children ? I have a 5,7 and 9yr old and pay for more than 25hrs childcare a week before and after school and in the holidays so I can work. Children this age can’t be left alone so why exclude older ages ?
signed 2014-12-01 12:35:17 +0000
signed 2014-11-19 16:28:21 +0000
What about children aged 1 and 2? Are mothers supposed to stay at home for 3 years? Or only go to work if you can get a job paying 3 or 4 times minimum? Career breaks, especially maternity leave, have a negative impact on our professional lives and wages. This does not help the economy.
signed 2014-11-12 10:12:21 +0000
signed 2014-11-05 14:24:33 +0000
signed via 2014-09-29 00:59:25 +0100
signed 2014-08-15 19:54:13 +0100
As a parent of a child in Primary education I support this campaign. I feel solidarity on the plea of working mothers who need to pay for childcare or nursery fees. I would also like to advocate on behalf of Children with Special Needs that the “Primary childcare guarantee” also applies to Special Primary Schools.
signed 2014-07-16 21:50:31 +0100
posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-17 22:59:10 +0100
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare
signed 2014-06-17 22:57:45 +0100
We are victimised by tory-lib govt
@BillyMoore100 tweeted link to this page. 2014-06-03 16:42:52 +0100
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare http://www.labourinlondon.org.uk/costofchildcare?recruiter_id=224630
posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-03 16:42:52 +0100
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare
signed 2014-06-03 16:42:41 +0100
posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-27 04:38:23 +0100
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare
signed 2014-05-27 04:31:54 +0100
Vicinity to keep up child care is crisis and out come to appear
@IWAUK tweeted link to this page. 2014-05-16 22:58:29 +0100
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare http://www.labourinlondon.org.uk/costofchildcare?recruiter_id=189696
posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-16 22:58:29 +0100
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare
signed 2014-05-16 22:58:19 +0100
signed 2014-04-08 13:54:01 +0100
signed 2014-04-05 15:16:19 +0100
The cost of childcare has been a huge barrier in my ability to return to work. I have two children and after paying for their childcare I am left with less than £300 a month in my pocket from my pay (and that’s earning £36,000 a year) – if something were to happen to my husand or we split up I wouldn’t be afford to work, put a roof over our heads and food on the table. That is one scary thought!
@Nasif05 tweeted link to this page. 2014-03-23 01:47:57 +0000
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare http://www.labourinlondon.org.uk/costofchildcare?recruiter_id=40482
@XantheAnd tweeted link to this page. 2014-03-22 08:41:56 +0000
72,550 children in London will benefit from Labour’s extension of free childcare. #CostofChildcare http://www.labourinlondon.org.uk/costofchildcare?recruiter_id=1872
signed 2014-03-22 08:40:24 +0000
signed 2014-03-13 19:59:53 +0000
signed 2014-03-12 22:40:51 +0000
This is good news. Even better would be help from age of 1 as parents don’t have 3 years parental leave. Childcare for under 2s is even more expensive.

By the time a child is 3, parents may have been forced out of labour market and therefore this pledge may not sound as good as intended.
signed 2014-03-06 22:42:54 +0000
signed 2014-03-06 16:40:56 +0000
signed 2014-03-06 11:58:57 +0000
The cost of childcare is a serious matter to parents, however, it has to be balanced with the rising costs of delivering high quality childcare for providers, the legislation and registration process which are very costly.

As a registered Childminder costs are rising for providers and we continue to ‘subsidise’ free education for children at a very low rate….some LAs offer less than £3 …this is not sustainable and utterly unfair.

While 25 hrs will be a good step the Labour Party has to address the matter of funding as we cannot afford the subsidy
signed 2014-03-06 01:16:08 +0000
Like many working mums, I have to find wrap around care for my children in order to hold down my job. I work 4 days a week as an environmental consultant, but even with the benefit of flexible working hours, I am still having to pay over £1,000 per month in child care. During the summer holidays, my child care costs often exceed my salary. Why bother, you might ask? The answer is quite simple. I have no choice. I just wish that I could find decent and affordable child care in London that covers a standard working day and operates all year round.

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