Alliance comments on announced National Insurance increase

Commenting, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said: 

"The rise in National Insurance contributions announced today will put even greater pressure on early years employers, mainly of whom were already struggling to afford year-on-year increases in the national minimum and living wages.

"For years now, early years funding rate rises have failed to even come close to covering the growing cost of delivering early years places. Without an urgent and significant increase in sector funding, today's announcement may well be the final straw for those providers who were already on the brink of closure."