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Children are a social good—so society should fund the cost of childcare

The details of Labour's new policy may need hashing out—but the moral imperative for them is clear

By Stephanie Boland  

Children benefit us all—but cost parents the most. Photo: PA

Amid the discussion of green jobs and tackling prejudice—of general elections and “all options being on the table”—there was one policy in Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at Labour Party Conference which will speak across the party’s base: extending free childcare.

Under the proposals, 30 hours of free childcare would be offered for all two, three and four-year-olds.

As economist Duncan Weldon points out on Twitter, there is much to be hashed out regarding the policy—not least how an already-stretched sector…

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