Conservatives on Childcare


David Cameron has announced he will extend the number of free hours from 15 to 30 hours a week, equivalent to £5,000 a year.


The new offer, open only to working families where all parents in the household work even if part-time (from eight hours a week), would come into effect from 2017. It would be paid for by reducing the tax relief on pension contributions for people earning more than £150,000 - a cost of £350m a year once fully implemented

The hourly funded rates paid to providers would be increased. The political party would consult on the 'appropriate level and design of the uplift'.

A Conservative Government would start building capacity in the sector from 2017, including making capital funding available for new nursery provision in schools

Mr Cameron said, ‘A good life should mean that raising your family feels like an incredible, joyful, and sometimes exhausting journey. But it shouldn’t be a permanent struggle with the bills.

‘That is why our second commitment to working people is on childcare. For families with young children, this is not one issue among many – it is the issue.’

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