CHILDCARE REFORMS ANNOUNCED TODAY.
SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AT RISK THROUGH GOVERNMENT’S FLAGSHIP CHILDCARE REFORMS
Speaking in reaction to the Government’s announcement today that it will create a dysfunctional monopoly market for the delivery of its new tax-free childcare scheme by autumn 2015, chair of the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) Fiona Shields said:
“There is a very real risk that the Government’s reforms to childcare support for working families will lead to increased complexity and cost, create uncertainty and remove choice.
In turning its back on organisations that are successfully delivering childcare support to working parents across the country, the Government is risking the delivery of its tax-free childcare scheme.
We are concerned that parents will lose out on much-needed support promised to them by Government, at a time when childcare costs are exceeding annual mortgage repayments for hard-pressed families.”
The CVPA’s initial concerns are:
The Government intends to award a contract to a single organisation that has no track record of delivering vital childcare support to working parents. This puts the delivery of the coalition’s flagship tax-free childcare reforms at risk of delay, error and fraud.
The Government is turning its back on a diverse and successful childcare voucher market that they have recognised delivers innovation and a high standard of service to parents, employers and carers.