As the school year ends, local families are likely to face a lack of play facilities and childcare provision over the holidays as Government cuts begin to bite in our area.
Recent research by the national childcare charity Daycare Trust has shown that 62% of local authorities in England have cut their budgets for childcare and play services since last year; and almost half are offering a decreased level of holiday childcare provision.
These cuts are attributed to cuts in grants for childcare and youth services from central Government. According to figures from the House of Commons Library, Rotherham Borough Council has received 26% less this year than it was allocated in 2010, equal to £70 per child.
The summer holidays can always present a challenge to parents, whether it’s finding extra childcare if you’re working or finding affordable activities to entertain the children if you’re not.
The cuts the Council have had from the Government are huge, but services like childcare and holiday activities are really important for local families, especially now family budgets are being hit, so it is crucial that they are maintained.
That is why I have written to the Council to seek an assurance that they are meeting their legal requirements to ensure that there is sufficient, affordable childcare available to everyone in the Rother Valley who needs it.