Lib Dems say 8,820 Milton Keynes families to benefit from childcare package

Cllr Stuart Burke, his wife Sue and their son, Theo (age 19 months)
Cllr Stuart Burke, his wife Sue and their son, Theo (age 19 months)

A childcare package is set to help 8,820 families in Milton Keynes, Liberal Democrat Cllr Robin Bradburn, Chair of the Children & Young Peoples Select Committee said today.

Working families will be given up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015.

The Government has said it will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child.

For example, it means a family with two children under 12-years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 as a result.

Cllr Bradburn said: “This weeks news provides a huge boost to hardworking families across Milton Keynes.

“The Liberal Democrats are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society and this helps children get off to the best start in life.”

Cllr Bradburn added: “These measures will help parents to go to work and provide security for their families.”

The Government has also said people on Universal Credit will get 85 per cent of childcare costs fully covered.

Cllr Stuart Burke said: “Both my wife and I work and, at present, we pay more per month on childcare than we do on our mortgage so this will definitely help us and many more families across Milton Keynes”.