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Labour pledges extra childcare help for Bradford families
4:50pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
The parents of more than 5,000 Bradford children who rely on childcare will get extra help, Labour vowed today.
Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, pledged to extend free childcare for three and four-year-olds from the current 15 hours each week to 25 hours.
The policy – funded by raising the levy on High Street banks – will help families where parents work or have single working parents.
Labour released figures showing 5,323 children in Bradford would benefit from the plan to be introduced if Ed Miliband wins the 2015 general election.
A further 6,530 would be helped in Kirklees, 1,829 in Calderdale, 6,530 in Leeds and about 440,000 across England.
Mr Balls told Labour’s conference in Brighton: “For many families, high childcare costs mean that it doesn’t even add up to go to work. So to make work pay for families, we must act.
“For the first time, parents will be able to work part-time without having to worry about the cost of childcare.
“Making work pay, tackling the cost of living crisis, a radical transformation in the provision of childcare in our country.”
Labour said parents receiving just 15 hours free childcare found it near-impossible to juggle work and picking up their children.