UK govt to increase, bring forward childcare support

London (AFP) – The government is to bring forward and increase financial support for working parents with childcare costs, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.

The move comes a day before Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne reveals his annual budget, and is one of what are likely to be several measures aimed at wooing voters ahead of next year’s general election.

“Tax free childcare is an important part of our long-term economic plan,” Cameron said in a statement.

“It will help millions of hard-pressed families with their childcare costs and provide financial security for the future.”

Under the scheme, working parents with children under 12-years-old will be eligible for help with childcare costs from autumn 2015, and will not have to gradually qualify for support over a seven-year period as initially envisaged.

The government says the scheme will help around 1.9 million families.

The government will also pay up to £2,000 tax-free towards childcare costs, or 20 percent of up to £10,000, up from a limit of £6,000 previously.

The opposition Labour party criticised the plan, citing earlier reductions in support for children and families under government austerity measures.

“David Cameron has cut support for children and families by 15 billion pounds since he came to office. And today he confirms that no help will arrive until after the election. This is too little, too late,” said shadow children’s minister Lucy Powell.

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