Jeremy Corbyn laughing and smiling with school children.

Childcare for the many

Labour’s universal childcare plan will transform the lives of more than a million children.

More than a million children and their families will benefit from Labour plans for universal provision of 30 hours of free childcare a week for all two to four-year-olds.

Labour will extend 30-hour childcare to more children by eliminating means testing for two-year-olds and no longer restricting provision for three and four-year-olds to children whose parents are working. This will benefit an additional 1.3 million children.

At the moment, only 40 per cent of two-year-olds qualify for childcare and many working parents with three and four-year-old children are not getting the childcare they were promised by the Conservatives at the last election because of the complexity of the rules. Meanwhile, Tory cuts have also led to the loss of 1,240 Sure Start centres.

Labour’s universal childcare policy will help ensure all children have a good start in life and remove barriers to parents, especially women, participating in the labour market.

Labour’s National Education Service will create a high-quality, universal childcare system that will bridge the gap between maternity leave and full-time schooling in the long run.

No answers from Theresa May

Last night Theresa May proved she has no answers to the big challenges facing Britain and failed to address the pressing questions the British voters deserve an answer to.

In answering the audience’s questions, Jeremy showed the clear choice on offer in this election is about the kind of country we want Britain to be. The choice is between Labour’s plan to transform Britain for the many not the few, and a Conservative Party that has held people back and put the wealthy first.

The Conservative manifesto has betrayed Britain’s pensioners, threatened unspecified tax rises for tens of millions of working people and set out a grim future of underfunding and understaffing for our vital public services. Tonight Theresa May did nothing to address those concerns.

Time and again she had no answers:

  • No answers on social care: When asked about her social care U-turn, she wasn’t straight with the British people about what level the cap will be set on social care.
  • No answers on the Tory threat to pensioners: she refused to confirm that 10m pensioners are set to lose their Winter Fuel Payment under Tory plans.
  • No answers on the Tory threat to living standards: she refused to rule out hitting working people with new tax rises.
  • No answers on her failure as Home Secretary: on police cuts and her broken promise on net migration.
  • No answers on public services: she made it clear that a Conservative Government cannot be trusted with our public services – she had no answers on the crisis facing our NHS and education systems.
  • No answers on Brexit: She confirmed only that she was prepared to crash the country out of Europe without a deal, risking jobs and the economy – but could give no detail about her plan.

Only a Labour government will build a country for the many, not the few.

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