Childcare package ‘will help 8,520 Northumberland parents’

Julie Porksen

Julie Porksen

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A major childcare package is set to help 8,520 parents in Northumberland, according to local Liberal Democrat Julie Pörksen.

Working families will be given up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015.

The government has said it will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child.

For example, it means a family with two children under 12-years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 as a result.

Julie Pörksen, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Berwick at the next general election, said: “Today’s news provides a huge boost to hardworking families in Northumberland.”

The government has also said people on Universal Credit will get 85 per cent of childcare costs fully covered.

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith added: “These measures will help parents to go to work and provide security for their families.”

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