£1,200 childcare cost pledge

Families are to receive up to £1,200 a year towards childcare costs from 2015. The pledge will reportedly only apply to families in which both parents work and earn less than £150,000 a year. The Budget will be announced on Wednesday.

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Labour criticise timing of childcare pledge

Stephen Twigg, the shadow education secretary, has dismissed the government's move to help parents with childcare costs because the support only kicks in after the 2015 elections.

Parents will be disappointed that three years into this government they will not get any help with childcare costs for another two and a half years...

This announcement will not make up for the up to £1,500 that families on middle and low incomes have lost in cuts to childcare support – part of the £15 billion of cuts to support for children which will have been implemented before this announcement takes effect.

– shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg

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