Proposals for the early years in England

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Farquharson, Christine
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
19 November 2019
IFS Briefing Note; BN264
Social Policy, Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This briefing note analyses the early years packages from the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats during the 2019 General election campaign. Both the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats have announced early years packages that feature unprecedented increases in spending on free childcare. Delivering such big increases in spending in such a short time would be immensely difficult. Both parties are proposing increases in the per-hour funding rates, especially for 2-year-olds.


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