CPAG welcome announcement on childcare and early years pupil premium investment

March 18, 2014

In response to the Government's announcement that 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit and that there will be a £50 million Early Years Pupil Premium funding for the most disadvantaged three and four year olds, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said:

"The announcement that in future 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit is fantastic news and something we have been campaigning hard for. This is a vast improvement on what is currently on offer and it means for the first time in Universal Credit there will be positive work incentives for lone parents and second earners and this is unequivocally good news. It never made sense to give this level of support only to those earning above £10,000, so the Government has done the right thing and made it available to all.

"An Early Years Pupil Premium from 2015/16 for disadvantaged three and four year olds is a great move and will be crucial to changing the fact that childcare is often worse quality in poorer areas. This vital injection of funds could really begin to turn round the standard of provision for the most disadvantaged children and an additional £50 million makes an important move in this direction."

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Notes to editors

  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.

For further information please contact:

Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302 

tnichols@cpag.org.uk

www.cpag.org.uk