Bridget Phillipson Labour Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South
I know that many constituents are concerned about the provision of informal or family childcare arrangements under the new restrictions. It disproportionately affects those who work shifts or cannot afford to pay for childcare, and is a barrier to constituents being able to continue to go to work, including NHS staff and other frontline workers.
I was disappointed that the Government rejected the council-led request to exempt those providing informal childcare support from the restrictions without setting out the evidence. Therefore, on Friday, I wrote to Health Secretary Matt Hancock to highlight this issue and see what can be done to resolve this.
**UPDATE** 21/09/2020 PM
I welcome the announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock this afternoon introducing an exemption from local lockdown measures for childcare arrangements. This new exemption covers both formal and informal/family childcare, for children under 14 and for vulnerable adults.
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