Gordon is demanding the Tory Government delivers on its pre-election promise of putting in place proper funding to ensure nurseries in Blackpool are able to meet the 30 hours of free childcare.
Because of the tiny increase in Government funding of 0.28 pence per child per hour, Blackpool nurseries have expressed their concerns over whether they can deliver the Government’s pledge to increasing free childcare unless extra funding is provided.
Through the Early Years Funding Formula nurseries in Blackpool will on average receive £4.05 per an hour per a child. But they will fall short with additional costs and a number of local nurseries have written to Gordon about the Tory Government’s ability to deliver on their commitment of 30 hours free childcare.
Gordon and Labour Party members, including Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner MP will be campaigning and talking to parents on the issue in St John’s Square this Saturday (4th)). He said: “With the Autumn Statement taking place in only a few weeks’ time, the Government is failing both the providers and the parents of children in Blackpool by not providing adequate funding to meet their 2015 promise.
“We have research from the House of Commons Library that shows across Blackpool between 2009 and 2015, the number of childcare places decreased by 884 and the number of providers went down by 60.That’s why I am urging the Chancellor to rectify this now. The Government must not opt out of adequately funding to nursery school places that are in Blackpool.
“Nurseries in Blackpool are telling me they will be under huge pressure from this inadequate settlement. The Government s failure to guarantee adequate funding for to double the free childcare entitlement to 30 hours per week with providers locally facing unsustainable staffing costs and potential hikes in business rates, will still leave parents and the nurseries in a precarious position.
“If the Government does not address this, nurseries in Blackpool will be forced to either charge unaffordable amounts for childcare or forced to close their doors.”