Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to the TUC’s call for an emergency government bailout of the childcare industry, said:
“Childcare will be an essential part of our economic recovery from Covid-19, yet the sector is under huge pressure and could collapse without more support. This would be a disaster for working families, and many mothers in particular could be forced out of work if nurseries and childminding businesses aren’t able to survive this crisis.
“The TUC is right to highlight the need for more support for the early years sector and better protections at work for parents who aren’t able to find childcare. Labour has long been calling for better financial support for childcare providers to cope with significantly reduced demand and additional safety costs in this crisis.”