Labour has a better plan to help families, by dealing with the Tories’ cost-of-living crisis, providing more doctors and nurses, and delivering 50,000 new childcare places.
Labour candidate for Southend West, Julian Ware-Lane, said that since 2010 working people were £1,600 a year worse off and families were struggling to meet the challenge of managing work and childcare.
“Under the Tories, the cost of childcare has risen by 36 per cent – more than six times faster than wages,” Julian Ware-Lane said.
“Sure Start children’s centres have been driving improvement in public health. However, since 2010, 720 Sure Start children’s centres have also been lost, and there are more than 40,000 fewer childcare places across the country.
“Labour has a better plan for a better future.
“We will help families with childcare by creating 50,000 new childcare places, expanding free childcare to 25 hours a week for working parents with 3 and 4-year-olds, and guaranteeing wraparound childcare from 8am to 6pm through every primary school.
“And we’ll double paid paternity leave from two weeks to four weeks, and increase paternity pay by more than £100 a week to at least £260 a week.”
“We’ll also take pressure off families facing the cost of living crisis by increasing the minimum wage to £8 an hour and freezing energy bills until 2017.
“Labour will also invest in an NHS with the time to care, with 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more doctors so everyone can get the care they need, when they need it, and guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours, or on the same day for those who need it.
“Only Labour will build a better, fairer Britain.”