LGA responds to Government announcement on early years national funding formula

LGA media release - 1 December 2016

Responding to the Government's announcement of an early years national funding formula, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board, said:

"Councils are committed to ensuring that parents have access to high quality, flexible childcare and do a vital job in securing this within considerable constraints.

"But both councils and childcare providers are under severe financial pressures, which will continue as measures like the national living wage push up staff costs. We are therefore pleased that the Government has committed to increasing the hourly rate for providers delivering 15 hours of free childcare to 3 and 4 year olds.  Government has also listened to concerns from councils by introducing a minimum hourly rate.

"However, from September next year, councils and providers will be delivering the Government's commitment to an additional 15 hours of free childcare for working parents,  bringing the total to 30 hours.  Councils remain very concerned that the increase in funding will not be sufficient to secure delivery of these additional 15 hours to all parents who wish to access them."

1 December 2016

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