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Election 2019, Your Questions Answered: What are parties saying on childcare?


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With polling day fewer than four weeks away, families are asking just what the parties are planning to do about childcare.

Here, we answer a selection of readers’ questions on family benefits and finances.

What will each party do to help full-time working parents with financially crippling childcare costs? – Craig Harris, Newry

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have promised extra money to support the parents of young children.

Labour said it would spend £1bn on opening 1,000 new early years Sure Start centres in England. It is part of a £4.5bn package, which also includes 30 hours’ free childcare for all two to four-year-olds.

The Liberal Democrats are promising working families free childcare for children from the age of nine months. They said their £14.6bn policy is “an investment in the country’s future”, and would be funded by tax changes.

Parents of three and four-year-olds in England are currently entitled to 30 hours’ free childcare a week. The Conservatives say they have increased the funding and quality of childcare provision while in government.

Is any party is going to lift the two-child limit on tax credits and benefits? Emma Enefer, Barton-upon-Humber

The two-child limit means that most parents can only receive the child element of Universal Credit and tax credits for…



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