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Tory record on childcare

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In 2010 David Cameron said he wanted to run the ‘most family friendly government ever’ - following up with a commitment to expand Labour’s Sure Start programme, which tens of thousands of parents around the country rely on day-in-day-out to help with childcare.

We’ve checked back on this promise, and the results aren’t very good.

Here are four things you need to know and share about David Cameron’s record on Sure Start and childcare:

1. Far from expanding Sure Start, David Cameron has gutted it. And it’s working people who’ve lost out. There are 763 fewer centres today than when David Cameron became PM.

2. Childcare places have actually fallen - by 40,000 since 2010.

3. Childcare costs have gone up more than six times faster than wages.

4. The Tories’ extreme and risky spending plans mean more than 1,000 Sure Start centres will close in the next four years.

The Tories pose a real threat to Sure Start – a service relied on by thousands of working families.

Families need Labour’s better plan, which will protect and revive Sure Start, provide more childcare places and extend free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds.

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