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£1bn childcare investment to deliver much needed help for parents in Wales – Jenny Willott MP

2013 Mawrth 19 2:17 PM

Families across Wales are to get greater financial support for childcare thanks to a major new initiative.

Liberal Democrat analysis shows that the £1bn boost to help parents with childcare costs could benefit 110,000 families in Wales.

The Coalition Government's scheme will save the typical working family with two children up to £2,400 a year.

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, has today welcomed the plans, which were announced by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as "much needed help" for working families.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"Everyone knows that the cost of childcare is a big worry for many families. Almost a quarter of employed mothers say they would like to work longer hours but can't do so because of the cost of childcare.

"This investment could help 12,426 families in Cardiff alone, making a real difference to families who are really struggling to make ends meet.

"Making sure all families, and mothers in particular, can afford to work is important to help build a stronger economy as well as deliver a fairer society. This has been an absolute priority for Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats and I am delighted we are able to give parents this much needed help."

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg said:

"The rising cost of childcare is one of the biggest challenges parents face and it means many mums and dads simply can't afford to work. This not only hurts them financially, but is bad for the economy too.

"This announcement of a £1bn investment in childcare will make sure it pays to work.

"An extra £1,200 for each child will make a real difference to families in Cardiff and families across the country just like you, who are constantly worrying about how to juggle the family budget.

"Extending support for working families on Universal Credit will also make sure it is worth working extra hours even if you're on low wages."