The childcare plan will cost £800m and will be funded in part by abolishing the married couples’ tax allowance, pushed through the coalition by the Conservatives despite Lib Dem opposition.
The long term ambition for the Lib Dems is to increase 15 hours to 20 hours to both groups. It would cost more than £2bn and might not be achieved in one parliament.
Their proposal takes a step towards a commitment to universal childcare to help families, helping working parents to cope with costs.
Victoria Flint, Head of Communications at PACEY says:
“PACEY supports all efforts to increase childcare support for families, including these new proposals to extend the 15 hour free entitlement to all 2-year-olds.
“However, it’s the quality of childcare which makes the difference for children and families. We therefore believe that investing in the childcare workforce should be top of the list for all party manifestos so that those offering free childcare are providing the very highest quality service to families.”