Labour to fight election on free childcare pledge: Miliband uses video message to put policy at heart of party's …

  • Ed Miliband signals election policy in New Year message
  • Free childcare would be funded through taxpayer
  • Would stimulate economy by helping parents back to work

By
Tim Shipman, Deputy Political Editor

01:33 GMT, 30 December 2013

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01:33 GMT, 30 December 2013

In his New Year message ed Miliband has signaled that Labour may put free tax-payer funded childcare at the heart of its election manifesto

In his New Year message ed Miliband has signaled that Labour may put free tax-payer funded childcare at the heart of its election manifesto

Labour is to put taxpayer-funded free childcare at the heart of the party’s general election campaign, Ed Miliband signals today.

The Labour leader says he will make childcare a key plank of Labour’s attack on the cost of living in 2014, building on his pledge to freeze energy bills and crack down on pay day lenders.

In his New Year message, released as an online video today, Mr Miliband warns that Britain is in the grip of ‘biggest cost-of-living crisis in a generation’.

Labour sources have already revealed that the party is contemplating a ‘big offer’ on childcare as a centrepiece of the party’s election manifesto, which would see taxpayers fund state childcare for all pre-school children.

Those on low incomes would get free childcare while the better off would initially receive subsidised low-cost childcare places. The party might decide to make universal provision a long-term goal.

Mr Miliband says today: ‘We are in the midst of the biggest cost-of-living crisis in a generation.

‘People do not want the earth. They would much prefer some very specific promises, specific things about what a government will do – whether it’s freezing energy bills, taking action on pay day lenders, or tackling issues around childcare which lots of working parents face.

‘All of this is adding up to a programme for how we can change things.’

A Miliband aide said yesterday: ‘The cost of living crisis concerns jobs, wages and prices and childcare touches on all three of those things.

‘Greater availability of childcare ensures that it pays people to work. A huge number of women say that they can’t afford to go back to work because of childcare costs.’

Labour has been emboldened by a report earlier this month by the Institute for Public Policy Research which calculated that attracting 280,000 people back into the labour market would save almost £1.5bn in extra tax revenue and lower spending on benefits and tax credits.

Jon Cruddas, the MP who is leading Labour’s policy review, has said the party is considering paying fathers to go to antenatal classes and hospital appointments with their expectant partners.

Miliband says that offering the service will stimulate the economy by getting more parents back to work

Miliband says that offering the service will stimulate the economy by getting more parents back to work

In a recent speech to the Civitas think tank he said he was ‘looking at paid leave for prospective fathers to attend antenatal sessions and hospital appointments during pregnancy’.

Labour has also promised to increase the 15 hours of free childcare a week for three- and four-year-olds introduced by the Coalition to 25 hours.

In a pitch for votes in marginal constituencies, Mr Miliband says: ‘Every morning I get up I’m going to be thinking about you, about how I can make your life better, your life easier – no easy answers – not an easy life – but how do we tip the balance towards hope and away from the struggles that you are facing.’

In an attack on the Tories, who say that they have a ‘long-term plan’ to put the economy back on track, Mr Miliband today insists that his pledges to ease the cost of living are not just gimmicks but also represent a coherent plan which will boost national economic strength over the next few years.

He says: ‘People are thinking they have made the sacrifices – and the Government keeps telling them that everything is fixed. But it does not seem fixed to them.’ ‘The Tories want to change the conversation from the cost of living crisis. They will talk about anything else.

‘We are going to show to people in 2014 how by standing up for the right people…we can earn and grow our way to a higher standard of living for people.’

He adds: ‘It matters so much now for people who cannot afford to pay their gas bill or do the weekly shop.

‘And it matters so much for the future too because so many people are thinking what future is there in this country for kids, my son or daughter, my niece or nephew, how are we going to make a difference for them?’

The comments below have not been moderated.

PEASANT existing in,

PLEBLAND IN A NASTY ERA dis, United Kingdom,

moments ago

MILLIBAND YOU AND YOUR GANG ARE NOT FIT TO RUN AN EGG AND SPOON RACE LET ALONE THE UK, I WOULD RATHER VOTE TORY THAN VOTE FOR A SPINELESS IDIOT LIKE YOU, AT LEAST CAMERON HAS WORKED HARD FOR HIS BELIEFS AND HIS SUPPORTERS, MAKING THE RICH RICHER AND THE POOR POORER, YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE YOUR PARTY WAS SET UP TO REPRESENT,,,,AT THE VERY LEAST YOU COULD HAVE REFUSED YOUR SALARY TO SHOW YOU UNDERSTOOD AND HAD EMPATHY BUT NO YOU WOULD RATHER RIDE THE GRAVY TRIAN WITH THE OTHER POLITICIANS SO I SAY BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW AND VOTE TORY AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL LEAD TO REVOLUTION

The Master,

Gillingham Dorset,

5 minutes ago

Not free child care, tax payer paid child care! If you cannot support your children don’t have them. More labour vote catching by giving away hard working tax payers money. The childless couple and a single people will have to support the child bears again. Millipede and balls will tell us that the people who get the free child care will then go to work and pay tax so they will be subsidising it themselves. All well and good if they can get a job.

william pemberton,

kings lynn,

5 minutes ago

The best way to get our economy moving is to allow workers to keep more of their money. As there is no such thing as a free lunch there is not much else that is free either, because whatever is provided someone has to pay for it. Again Labour are trying to win the election by bribing the voters with their own money. This will work for those that are in government jobs or on benefits. My advice to anyone working in the private productive sector is ignore them, they cocked it up before and will do so again.

Arrowman,

lancashire, United Kingdom,

6 minutes ago

How can this fool be elected. The Labour party still want throw money away. Do they never learn?

PEASANT existing in,

PLEBLAND IN A NASTY ERA dis, United Kingdom,

7 minutes ago

MILLIBAND YOU AND YOUR GAND ARE NOT FIT TO RUN AN EGG AND SPOON RACE LET ALONE THE UK, I WOULD RATHER VOTE TORY THAN VOTE FOR A SPINELESS IDIOT LIKE YOU, AT LEAST CAMERON HAS WORKED HARD FOR HIS BELIEFS AND HIS SUPPORTERS, MAKING THE RICH RICHER AND THE POOR POORER, YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE YOUR PARTY WAS SET UP TO REPRESENT,,,,AT THE VERY LEAST YOU COULD HAVE REFUSED YOUR SALARY TO SHOW YOU UNDERSTOOD AND HAD EMPATHY BUT NO YOU WOULD RATHER RIDE THE GRAVY TRIAN WITH THE OTHER POLITICIANS SO I SAY BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW AND VOTE TORY AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL LEAD TO REVOLUTION

palerider77,

southampton,

9 minutes ago

Regardless of what Labour promise you they will only give you more of the same ,they have never changed ,they never will change. I just can not believe that people are so blinkerd as to even consider voting for them.They will bring this country to it’s knees ,just look at their past. SEE MY POINT.

Pa Broon,

Edinburgh, United Kingdom,

16 minutes ago

We still have two and a half million to put back to work. This is typical of all parties. Election gimmicks paid from the bottomless pitt of money supplied by the tax payer!

Original Ray,

Liverpool,

22 minutes ago

… and all paid for with borrowed money. And when the bailiffs come knocking at the nation’s door they will lose the election and pass the problem on to the Tories. As usual.

Jumping Jack Flash,

Having A Gas, United Kingdom,

24 minutes ago

Would stimulate economy by helping parents back to work? I’ve heard it all now, tomorrow he and his supporters will be saying there are NO jobs so how does he explain this little vote catching giveaway? The man is a fool, and only fools will vote for him come the next election.

Michael the un pc,

sittingbourne,

26 minutes ago

Its not free is, it ? Its child care for your children paid for by someone else. Liebour still dont get it

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