27 May, 2015

Queen’s Speech 2015: Free childcare access to double

BBC News | Politics | May 27 2015 

Access to free childcare for three-and-four-year-olds in England is to double to 30 hours a week under measures announced in the Queen’s Speech.

If passed, the childcare bill will grant the entitlement to families where all parents are working. Prime Minister David Cameron said the measure aimed to stop Britain becoming a “two-speed country”, where only some people could afford nursery places.

Conservatives say the changes would help 600,000 children a year from 2017.

The plans had been outlined in the party’s election manifesto and Mr Cameron said at the time that its £350m-a-year cost would be funded through reductions in tax relief on pension contributions.