Shadow Early Years Minister Tracy Brabin, has today stood up for low earning parents, in Parliament.
Speaking at Education Questions, the MP for Batley & Spen raised the case of the 110,000 children whose working parents do not earn enough to access the 30 hour free childcare scheme.
In his response, the Minister for Children and Families was unable to promise that he would deliver free childcare for the lowest earning families.
This news follows Tracy Brabin’s recent Urgent Question, during which she held Government Ministers to account their chaotic implementation of the 30 hour childcare policy.
Questioning the Minister for Children and Families, MP for Batley and Spen and Shadow Minister for Early Years, Tracy Brabin said;
“In their manifesto, the Government said they would deliver high-quality childcare for working families, supported by thousands of new nursery places a year.
“However, as they roll-out their policy of 30 hours of free childcare, their own Ministers’ have admitted that there will be 110,000 children of working parents who will not be eligible for the extending childcare entitlement, simply because they do not earn enough, shutting out the families who most need the additional support.
“This doesn’t strike me as high-quality childcare, but as another broken manifesto commitment, akin to their betrayal on working tax credits in 2015. Does the Minister have any plans to deliver for the lowest earning and hardest-pressed parents?”