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McArthur keeps up pressure on government over extra help for two year olds

April 18, 2013 11:39 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as the Scottish Government publishes its Bill to increaseLiam McArthurLiam McArthur free nursery provision to 600 hours from 475 hours for 3 and 4 years old, as well as looked after two year olds, Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for children and young people Liam McArthur MSP said:

"While any extension of childcare provision is welcome, it should not be forgotten that the SNP promised to deliver this by 2010. This means that many families in Scotland will have missed out on the support they should have had.

"The SNP's Bill also fails to incorporate our sensible and costed plans to extend free childcare to forty percent of two year olds, beginning with those from poorer backgrounds. It is all the more disheartening that the First Minister has tried to use childcare as a sweetener for independence.

"Between now and the referendum 50,000 two year olds in Scotland are set to miss out on support which will be available to children south of the border. This will not help to build a stronger economy or a fairer society in Scotland.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to urge the Scottish Government to deliver for families when this Bill makes its way through parliament."