Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

02 JUN 2015

Steve Brine MP welcomes free childcare announcement

Steve Brine has today welcomed the Conservative Government's plans to double free childcare for hardworking families – which will benefit up to 90,000 parents in the South East.

The offer of 30 hours of free childcare per week during term time – worth around £5,000 a year – means parents will be able to get on while bringing up a family.

All three- and four-year-olds in working families will be eligible for 1,140 hours of free childcare per year, which is twice the current entitlement.

Thanks to reforms including free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare, working families will be able to save thousands of pounds, releasing extra money in their pocket towards day to day living costs.

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine said: "Childcare costs can be a burden on family finances that prevents parents from working, and we want to make it easier for those parents who do want to work, to do so.

"That's why I am delighted that we are going further than ever before to help with childcare costs, helping hardworking families and giving people the opportunity to get into work. Doubling free childcare will make a real difference to so many families across the area, many of whom are at exactly the same age and stage as my family. Parents will now be able to return to work and hold on to more of their hard-earned money, while their children benefit from 30 hours of free, flexible childcare.

"It just backs up my view that the Conservatives are on the side of working people, helping them get on and supporting them at every stage of life.

"I look forward to discussing the proposed legislation with childcare providers in my constituency as I am keen their voice is heard while this important legislation goes through Parliament."

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