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CBI right to back free childcare - Cllr Michael Mullaney

November 25, 2014 3:17 PM

Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney has welcomed Confederation of British Industry (CBI) calls to help families by increasing free childcare.

The CBI has echoed plans already set out by the Liberal Democrats to extend free childcare to 15 hours a week for all children from two-years-old.

Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman for Hinckley and Bosworth Michael Mullaney said: "Liberal Democrats and businesses both understand that one of the biggest barriers to employment for many people, particularly women, is the sky-high costs of childcare."

"Liberal Democrats have already significantly expanded free childcare - with all three and four year olds, as well as two year olds from the most hard pressed homes, now eligible for the equivalent of 15 free hours a week.

"This has provided free childcare for 17,500 children in Leicestershire.

Cllr Michael Mullaney said:
"It is clear the Lib Dems and business want the same thing - to build a stronger economy and a fairer society where everyone has the chance to get on in life. Tax cuts and better access to childcare are key in achieving that goal."

Lib Dems have also sketched out longer term plans to extend free childcare to all working parents from the end of parental leave, as well as a guaranteed 20 hours for all two to four year olds.

Liberal Democrat Business Minister Jo Swinson said:

"This is a ultimately a fundamental difference in values. Lib Dems want to help families with childcare support and nursery education from the end of parental leave to the start of school.

"The Tories are more bothered about a tax cut for only some married couples."