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Tiverton and Honiton Liberal Democrats

Hundreds of North Devon parents to get help with childcare costs - Nick

March 18, 2014 6:02 PM

Nick Harvey MP has welcomed the news that 2,470 parents in North Devon will receive up to £2,000 to help with the cost of childcare.

Announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the package provides 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child. This would mean that, for example, a family with two children under 12 years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 as a result.

The Government has also unveiled plans to help parents on low incomes by covering 85% of childcare costs for people receiving Universal Credit.

Commenting, the North Devon MP said:

"Today's announcement really is very welcome news for many families in this area. On top of travel and other living expenses, which we know to be significantly higher in rural areas like North Devon, parents are increasingly spending a higher proportions of their salary on childcare, so this £2,000 per child entitlement really will make a difference to people's pockets by helping them to cover costs.

"It's also good to hear that the Government plans to meet 85% of the families' childcare costs on the new Universal Credit scheme. In an area like North Devon with low average wages, this will stand to benefit many families."

  1. For more information on the announcement today please see: www.libdems.org.uk/tax_free_childcare_increased_to_2000_per_child.