Statement from Flick Drummond MP on the Government’s decision to use Portsmouth as a pilot for the Department of Education’s 30 hours free childcare policy

“This announcement is great news for Portsmouth’s hard working parents, especially those on low incomes, who can now get back into employment without having to pay big sums in childcare costs.

“To have 30 hours of free childcare available will be a big boost to the city and is part of the government’s plan to make work pay.

 I know that the vast majority of families want to bring home a decent pay packet that will allow them to provide for their loved ones and not be trapped in a cycle of benefits.

“This implementation will help that to be achieved and I’m delighted it has come to Portsmouth.”