The Welsh Labour Government has excluded parents in Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan from its free childcare scheme - says Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies

The Welsh Labour Government has excluded parents in Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan from its free childcare scheme – says Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies (seen here visiting a Vale  nursery)

Parents of small children in Penarth – and in the rest of the Vale of Glamorgan – will NOT be eligible for a Welsh Government scheme to provide 30 hours of free “early education and childcare” to parents in other parts of Wales .

The Welsh Labour Government has said its new trial scheme is to be “tested ” in six local authority areas in Wales – but the Vale of Glamorgan is not one of them.

The local authority areas where parents will get free childcare are Anglesey, Gwynedd, Flintshire, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Swansea.  But there’s going to be no such help for parents in Penarth –  even though they pay the same in taxes, and pay a lot more in Council Tax –  than parents in the 6 free-childcare areas in Wales.

In England, a similar initiative offering 30 hours of free childcare to working parents of 3-4 year olds is set to go nationwide in 2017, but parents in Penarth will be left out .

Penarth  Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies

Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies says the Welsh Labour Government has again ignored the Vale of Glamorgan 

The decision has been criticised by Penarth Conservative AM and Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central) . He’s says this is another example of the Vale of Glamorgan losing out .

Davies says, “It is extremely disappointing that the Vale of Glamorgan has yet again been ignored by the Welsh Government. For too often we are seen as an afterthought and that is not good enough. This was an opportunity for the Welsh Government to show their commitment to the Vale, and sadly it has passed them by. ”

Davies added  ” The barriers childcare can present to parents supporting their families as they wish, must be addressed head-on.”

Carl Sargeant

Carl Sargeant Welsh Labour Government ‘cabinet’ secretary for communities and children

Carl Sargeant (the Welsh Labour Government’s ‘cabinet’ secretary for communities and children) has admitted that in consultations across Wales  “parents want childcare to be less of a drain on family income, available at times and in places which make it easier for them to work; and more accessible, with support for their children’s needs.”

Announcing the Welsh Labour Government trial scheme [which will exclude parents in Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan] Sargeant said  “It makes no sense to have to turn down a promotion, or a better job, losing opportunities to improve your family’s circumstances, just because you can’t access childcare when and where you need it.” 

But Sargeant  didn’t promise any extension of the taxpayer-funded childcare scheme to parents in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies said  “Only the Welsh Conservatives will stand up for hardworking families in the area.”



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  1. Christopher David says:

    A question. Should the tax payer pay for free early child care? If so why?

    • Ralf says:

      To enable low income parents to go to work.

      • Christopher David says:

        Yes I get the point. But shouldn’t parents pre budget to bring up their own children? Its like statutory maternity pay. Why should companies and private enterprises especially small ones pay for staff to have babies? Especially when it jeopardises the companies stability and put others jobs at risk! Surely the answer lies in properly paid jobs and an at source equitable tax system? There are already tax credits and child benefit etc. Its a mad round the houses system that’s inflationary, puts up central costs and impacts negatively on the wider economy?

  2. Lindsay says:

    The scheme will be tested in parts, not all, of the six named local authorities. I don’t know the criteria used to select the first tranche but it would appear that they are some of the more deprived areas of Wales. In that case, it is not surprising that the Vale of Glamorgan will not come on board until a later date.

  3. fishhenge says:

    The rates in Blaenau Gwent are significantly higher than in the Vale of Glamorgan.

    • newsnet says:

      Council tax payers in Penarth pay far more in council tax than they do in Blaenau Gwent. In Blaenau Gwent the majority of houses are in the A and B council tax bands.

      • Fishhenge says:

        Collectively yes, for obvious reasons. Band A & B properties in VoG are £890 and £1045ish compared to £1135 and £1325ish in BG for 2016/17.

  4. Louise C says:

    But a band A house in Blaenau Gwent pays more then a band A house in VOG and the same for the other bands. Surely that’s the proper comparison.

  5. Christopher David says:

    Is that it then? The entire issue bound up in council tax rates? Oh!

  6. Ray Thomas says:

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy a Band A property in Penarth please?

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