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June 4, 2014 4:47 PM

Andrew Stunell MP welcomed the Queen's speech which stated that nearly 9,000 Stockport families will benefit from up to £2,000 per child to ease the cost of childcare.

Commenting, Andrew said -

"Today's news provides a huge boost to hardworking families in Stockport. The Liberal Democrats are committed to building a stronger economy and a fairer society and this helps children get off to the best start in life."

Working families will be given up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015. The Government has said it will provide 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child. For example, it means a family with two children under 12-years old could benefit by up to £4,000 as a result.

Lisa Smart, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hazel Grove added:

"This is great news for all of our hardworking families in Stockport. This extra help will go towards enabling parents to have more choice about what's right for their family, giving children the best start in life".

The Queen's Speech outlines the legislative agenda for the Coalition Government over the next 12 months.

Andrew added: "This excellent news goes alongside the Lib Dem policy that every infant will get a free school meal to help improve education attainment and child health.

"It comes on top of 15 hours free weekly childcare we have already delivered for all three and four year olds and pupil premium to help our schools.

"All these measures will help parents go to work and provide security for their families."