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Alliance announces week of campaign action

By Rachel Lawler
 
childcare funding
The Alliance has announced plans for a week of action as part of the Fair Future Funding campaign, which calls for fairer funding for the early years.
 
The action week will start on 10 June 2019 and will ask childcare providers to engage with their MP about early years funding in the build up to this year’s Spending Review.
 
Current funding rates were set in 2017, using data from 2015, and are frozen until 2020. Meanwhile, costs including the minimum wage, business rates and pension contributions have continued to increase.
 
Providers, practitioners and parents are invited to sign up to join the campaign online.
 
Participants will receive a campaign pack, followed by regular updates and advice on how they can engage with their local press, politicians and communities in the lead up to the campaign week on 10 June.
 
The week itself will comprise various activities, culminating on Friday 15 June when providers will be asked to arrange a meeting with their MPs or invite them to their setting to discuss the funding crisis in more detail.
 
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, said: “Enough is enough: there’s a funding shortfall of over £615 million in the early years and, unless something changes, that figure is only going to get worse.
 
“I hear every week from providers who have closed or are on the brink of closing and yet, despite all the evidence, ministers have continued to deny that there is a problem.
 
“The Comprehensive Spending Review represents the best chance we’ve had so far to make the case to the decision makers in Westminster who hold the purse strings. We need to grasp it with both hands and ensure every politician in England knows about the early years funding crisis and has asked the Treasury to do something about it.
 
“That is why I’m urging everyone in the sector, whether or not you’re a member of the Alliance, to get involved in the Action Week. Make the case for fairer funding to your local MP: invite them to your setting and offer to meet them. Do whatever you can to get your voice heard. The Alliance is there to support you with resources and advice - but this is down to you. Add your voice to the Action Week and let’s work together to ensure funding covers the true cost of providing quality childcare.”
 
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