Leanne Rejects Labour’s “Tory” Childcare Policy - Leanne Wood - Rhondda Plaid Cymru

Leanne Rejects Labour’s “Tory” Childcare Policy


Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has denounced the Labour Government’s childcare policy for discriminating against poorer households and increasing income inequality.

Labour’s new childcare policy will subsidise free childcare for families earning up to £200,000 a year, while offering no support to families where no parent is working.

Consequently Plaid Cymru will be voting against allowing the Childcare Funding (Wales) to proceed to the next legislative stage.

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood said: “This policy is a significant watering down of what Plaid Cymru proposed in the 2016 Assembly manifesto.

“We wanted to deliver free childcare for all 3-4 year olds in order to give every child the best possible start in life. Numerous academic studies have proven that access to good quality childcare strengthens children’s cognitive and social skills.

“This is the policy that I benefitted from growing up in the Rhondda and it was still in place for my daughter. I am aware first-hand of the benefits it has on child development.

“This nursery school provision was available in Rhondda Cynon Taf but was taken away by the Labour local authority. That is why the Plaid Cymru policy was needed. The Labour Government’s childcare policy will only serve to make the attainment gap between the poorest and better off children grow wider.

“That is a policy more akin to a Tory Government. Rather than use the opportunity to reduce economic inequalities, this policy risks enhancing them.

“We cannot support it and will be voting accordingly in plenary when the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill comes before us.”

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