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  • FIGURES SHOW THOUSANDS OF DEVON FAMILIES BENEFITING FROM 30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed newly released figures showing thousands of families in Devon are benefiting from the Government’s provision of 30 hours free childcare a week for 3 and 4-year olds. 4,236 families within the Devon County Council authority are benefiting from the scheme, with 6,498 across the whole of Devon when Plymouth and Torbay are included. Either tally puts Devon within the top 10% of local authorities in the country.

    The government's 30 hours free childcare offer for working parents launched nationally on 1 September 2017 and doubled the previous 15-hour entitlement introduced in 2010. It saves families of 3 and 4-year olds roughly £5,000 per year per child and nearly 400,000 families across the country are eligible. Families on low incomes may also be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare a week for 2-year old children.

    Welcoming the figures Mr Stride said:

    “The Government has done a great deal to help with the cost of living including
    doubling the amount someone can earn before paying income tax and introducing the National Living Wage. But for families with young children, arguably the single biggest policy helping with the cost of living has been the 15, and now 30, hours of free child care for 3 and 4-year olds. I know from speaking with families in my constituency that this is having a hugely positive impact on family finances and is helping parents who want to return to work, to be able to afford to do so.”

    For more information about help with the costs of childcare visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.







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