Councillor Nicky Massey
Councillor Nicky Massey

Local councillors and activists have welcomed the announcement that a Labour government will reform childcare and early years funding.

Shadow minister Tracy Brabin committed to narrowing the ‘disadvantage gap’, promising that Labour would ‘invest in a new generation of Sure Start, as well as expanding the 30 hours of free early years education to all 2-4 year olds, with additional hours at subsidised rates, unlocking the potential of all our children.’

Councillor Nicky Massey, who represents Abbey Ward and was involved in the campaign to save The Fields, praised the commitment;

“Cambridgeshire children have been suffering from the cuts made to children services including the Sure Start centres.

“We are seeing more and more children not school ready, more families unable to get the help and support they need. I helped create the national Save our Children’s Centres and Early Years Provision group, and I have met and spoken to both Tracy Brabin and Angela Rayner on the subject, so I am delighted to hear that under Labour the sure start scheme will be rebuilt.”

Daniel Zeichner, Labour’s candidate in the General Election, also welcomed the news.

“I regularly hear from local parents about their concerns for their children’s future, and the impact of years of cuts to early years funding. We have a strong record here in Cambridge of fighting to defend that funding, and I’m delighted to see a commitment from Labour to reverse the negative effects cuts have had on children across Cambridgeshire.”

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