MP attacks childcare cuts

EASTWOOD MP Gloria de Piero has written to the county council to ask them to make sure there is enough affordable childcare in her constituency.

Recent figures have shown that 62 per cent of local authorities in England have cut their budgets for childcare and play services since last year and almost half are offering a lower level of holiday childcare provision after Government cuts.

Nottinghamshire County Council has received 21 per cent less funding from the Government than it did last year, equal to £50 per child.

She said: “The cuts Nottinghamshire County Council have had from the government are huge, but services like childcare and holiday activities are really important for local families, especially now family budgets are being hit, so it is crucial that they are maintained.”