Fair Future Funding campaign
Do you think that government funding should cover the rising cost of delivering free entitlement places? We think so too.
In April 2017, a new early years funding system will be introduced in England which will see a rise in the overall average funding rates that local authorities receive from central government.
However, the government has confirmed that the funding increase has been ‘frontloaded’, meaning that no further increase will be available until the next Parliament. In addition, a quarter of local authorities will see a drop in their funding rates.
With rising business costs - and in particular, the 'national living wage' which is set to increase to £9 per hour in 2020 - we believe that this approach is completely unsustainable, and unfair on early years providers already struggling to stay afloat.
That's why our Fair Future Funding campaign is calling for the government to introduce a mechanism to ensure that funding covers the cost of delivering funded childcare places in the years to come. Specifically, we are calling on the government to:
introduce a statutory requirement on local authorities to collect annual data from local providers on the cost of delivering free entitlement places
- undertake an annual review of free entitlement funding levels and how they compare to the cost of delivering places using this data, increasing funding when and where necessary.
The approach would ensure that, as the cost of delivering free entitlement rises, government funding does too.
Get involved: talk to your MP
Writing to or arranging a meeting with your local MP, and asking them to raise your concerns, is a really effective way to influence government policy. You can find details of your local MP on the Parliament website. If you want to write to your MP, you can use the Write to Them website.
We have created a template letter that you can use if helpful, as well as a 30 hours mythbuster to help inform any conversations you have on the offer.