Committee criticises government comments on childcare
The Work and Pensions Committee has criticised the government’s response to its report on childcare and Universal Credit, calling the comments “dismissive” and “disrespectful”.
Sure Start funding
Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary, added: “The Tory cuts have meant that funding for Sure Start has collapsed. Over a thousand children’s centres have been lost and hundreds of libraries have closed. Despite the Prime Minister’s promises, austerity isn’t over for our children and those who most need extra support have been most likely to lose it.
"If the government wants to be taken seriously they need to match Labour’s plans to end the cuts, providing sustainable funding for councils to provide libraries and children’s services, and invest £500m in Sure Start to revolutionise the support that we give families and children in the early years when we know it makes a significant difference.”