Childrens Centre

A major tax-free childcare package will help 505 families in Reading, Liberal Democrat Cllr Meri O’Connell said today (Monday, June 9th).

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

It means a family with two children under 12-years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 a year.

Meri said: “The announcement in the Queen’s Speech last week provides a huge boost to hardworking families in Reading.

“This is something Liberal Democrats have fought for and are now delivering in Government.”

“We are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society and this helps children get the best start in life.”

The Queen’s Speech outlines the legislative agenda for the Coalition Government over the next 12 months.

Meri added: “It was announced every infant will get a free school meal to help improve education attainment and child health.”

“It comes on top of 15 hours free weekly childcare we have already delivered for all three and four year olds and pupil premium to help our schools.”

“All these measures will help parents go to work and provide security for their families.”