Day Care: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 26th March 2020.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support he is making available to private childcare providers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The UK is well prepared to tackle COVID-19. The Government has set out specific measures to support childcare providers:

  • funding for the Government’s early years entitlements will continue during any periods of nursery, preschool or childminder closures, or where children cannot attend due to COVID-19
  • to support nurseries at this time, the Chancellor has also decided that they will be eligible for a business rates holiday for one year from 1 April.

Childcare providers will also benefit from the wider measures the Chancellor has announced to support the people and businesses of the UK:

  • a three-point plan announced at Budget providing £12 billion of support for public services, individuals and businesses whose finances are affected by the outbreak
  • a package to provide additional support for businesses and individuals totalling £350bn
  • a temporary but uncapped package to help firms keep people in employment.

The response to COVID-19 needs to be UK-wide and the Government has so far provided £5.3 billion of funding to the devolved administrations to support people, businesses and public services in response to Covid-19. This is in addition to the UK-wide measures that the people and businesses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will benefit from.

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