PACEY has joined early years and childcare organisations and unions, including the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), UNISON, Pregnant then Screwed and others in writing a joint letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of today's Budget announcement.
The letter, which was featured in an article in The Mirror, calls on the Chancellor to guarantee funding for measures to tackle child poverty and invest in childcare and early years services, including:
- Expanding childcare provision to ensure that children in low-income families are not 'locked out' of the additional hours that other families can access
- Addressing the funding shortfall, ensuring that providers are adequately funded for entitlements to cover the whole cost of delivering childcare and early education
- Tackling child poverty by changing the Universal Credit system, removing the benefit cap and two-child limit and removing the requirement for upfront payments
- Improving the current system of shared parental leave to encourage more fathers to take leave
You can read the letter in full here