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Responding to today’s spending review, Chief Executive of 4Children, Imelda Redmond CBE said:
“The Chancellor’s decision to abandon changes to tax credits will be a vast relief for the many families who rely on them to make ends meet. We must now ensure that recent Universal Credit changes don’t mean that families will be hit in the pocket a few years down the line.
“The extra £300 million investment in the childcare sector is welcome to help deliver 30 hours of childcare for working parents. More free childcare will boost family finances and help parents with the balance of work and family life. However, with the threshold for eligibility doubling 16 working hours a week, we must make sure that parents wanting to get back into work gradually are not discouraged from doing so.
“The Chancellor’s commitment to increase spending on mental health, which has been too long forgotten, is also welcome. Increased access to perinatal mental health services specifically will mean vital help for new parents, representing an effective early intervention approach which should be built upon.”
For further information please contact: Ellie Gellard (4Children Head of Communications), on 0207 522 6985