MSP: Families could benefit from childcare boost

North East MSP Alison McInnes
North East MSP Alison McInnes

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has praised a major new childcare package unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The new tax-free childcare scheme - announced by the Lib Dems last year - will be increased from £1,200 to £2,000 per child and will be brought forward to Autumn 2015.

This means working parents earning at least £50 a week will get 20% off the cost of childcare up to a limit of £10,000 for every child under the age of 12.

Those working part-time, on maternity leave or starting their own business will also be eligible for support with their childcare costs.

The UK Government is also making sure people on Universal Credit will get 85% of childcare cost fully covered. For thousands of families, this will make sure work always pays, helping more families move from benefits into employment.

Commenting, Mrs McInnes said: “Some 7,630 families in Aberdeenshire could benefit from this boost to the tax-free childcare allowance.

“All children deserve the best start in life. This package shows how, by working together across the UK, we can ensure that everyone has the chance to get on in succeed. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats, led by Willie Rennie, have worked with the SNP government to secure our reasonable and costed plans to expand free childcare to more two-year-olds.”