MP welcomes more free childcare

Ripon MP Julian Smith.
Ripon MP Julian Smith.

Ripon MP Julian Smith has welcomed the Conservative Government’s plans to double free childcare for working families – which will benefit up to 50,000 parents in Yorkshire and Humberside.

The Government is offering 30 hours of free childcare per week during term time – worth around £5,000 a year.

All three- and four-year-olds in working families will be eligible for 1,140 hours of free childcare per year, twice the current entitlement.

Mr Smith (Con) said: “Childcare costs can be a burden on family finances that prevents parents from working.

“We want to make it easier for those parents who do want to work to do so.

“That’s why we are going further than ever before to help with childcare costs, helping hardworking families and giving people the opportunity to get into work. Doubling free childcare will make a real difference to parents in Skipton and Ripon.”